CSJ News: Fowler, Zobrist Fuel Cubs’ Historic Game Seven Victory

From  CSJ Reports–

Something had to give. One way or another history was going to be made. Either the Cleveland Indians were going to break a lengthy 68-year drought or the Chicago Cubs were going to end an unfathomable 108-year streak without a World Series title.

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 29: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Photo Day on Monday, February 29, 2016 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dexter Fowler

Early on it looked like the Cubs would repeat its resounding game six performance as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Dexter Fowler started things off with a solo home run in the first inning and then Javier Baez added another solo shot in the fifth inning. Even retiring catcher David Ross got into the act with his own one-run homer in the sixth inning that gave the Cubs a 6-3 lead.

After Rajai Davis’ two-run line drive to left field in the eighth inning put the Indians back in contention, rain brought a temporary delay that led to an exhilarating 10th inning where things turned back to the Cubs’ favor for good.

Ben Zobrist, who was named World Series MVP, got his first hit of the game with a double that plated Albert Almora, and then pinch hitter Miguel Montero brought home what turned out to be the game-winning run on a single to left field.

The Indians made it interesting thanks to Davis who drove home Brandon Guyer on a single up the middle, but one batter later and the entire city of Chicago and countless fans across the country celebrated the death of professional sports’ longest stretch of futility.

Fowler, who went 3-5 in game seven and played stellar defense in centerfield, Zobrist and Ross formed a trio of Christian stalwarts on the Cubs roster this year amid a season full of hype and expectation. But as Fowler once posted on his now-defunct website, there’s a much greater purpose behind everything he does on the field of play:

“(God) is the central part,” Fowler wrote, “and the heart beat of my life, my family, and my professional career as a baseball player.”

 

(Photo: Ron Vesely via MLB Photos/Getty Images)

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