Chicago Celebrates the Historic Cub’s Win

Meredith Bryan, Crown Staff

After a 108 year drought, the Chicago Cubs have finally been named the 2016 World Champions over the Cleveland Indians. Many Cubs fans have waited their entire lives for this victory. Of course such a long awaited victory deserves an incredible celebration.

On Friday, November 4, the city of Chicago held a celebration parade to honor the team. An estimated 5 million people attended the event, flooding the streets of Chicago. These fans hoped to be close enough to catch a glimpse of the players on the top of double decker buses. The buses were full of players, their friends, and family; they drove from Wrigley Field, throughout the streets of Chicago, ultimately ending up at Grant Park. Grant Park was packed with fans, all waiting to listen to coaches and players speak on stage about their great season.
Numerous people involved in the Cubs organization spoke, including the general manager Theo Epstein, owner Tom Ricketts, and manager Joe Maddon. Joe Maddon compared this huge event to Woodstock, saying, “Welcome to Cubstock 2016. You guys are the best. Congratulations.” Several players gave short speeches, one of them, Ben Zobrist, the World Series MVP said, “This game makes a lot of individual awards but this is definitely a team award. This is a team full of MVPs and we are a city of MVPs.” Brett Eldredge, famous country singer, even showed up on stage to sing “Go Cubs, Go” for the city.

The Cubs made history after winning the World Series after a 108 year drought, and Cubs fans also made history with such a huge gathering of people. With around 5 million people at the event, the Cubs parade ranks as the seventh largest gathering of men in the world. With so much joy in this city after the historic win, Cubs players and fans hope to repeat this great accomplishment again next year.