Published: Mon, November 07, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Throngs of Chicago Cubs fans expected for parade

Throngs of Chicago Cubs fans expected for parade

Before the motorcade left for the rally, the players enjoyed themselves at the stadium.

Fans from all over the world were packed - not only at the park but in the streets as well. Ultimately, the Cubs' 8-7 victory in 10 innings in the seventh game of the series will go down as one of the most exciting games in baseball history.

Game 4: In the fourth game of the Series, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis ended up doing something that nobody had done since Babe Ruth in 1932: He hit a three-run homer in a World Series game at Wrigley Field, lifting the Tribe to a 7-2 win and giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

School? Work? Forget about it.

Not to mention, they went back to the World Series and won it again in 2007. But this team actually epitomized that never-say-die Cubs fan attitude.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters the city was going to "have a parade in Chicago that will stand the test of time". The brewer also resuscitated 1984 Budweiser ad in which the Bud pitch man, and Bud lover, caught a cold one launched into the Wrigley Field bleachers using a net.

The Cubs mascot, "Clark", cheered at the beginning of the parade from the back of a pickup truck. Here are our top 10 highlights from the Cubs parade and rally.

Vince Vaughn, a lifelong Cubs fan, planned on attending Game 7 in person but he knew if he went he wouldn't be able to appear on the show with host Seth Meyers. Friday was already a scheduled day off for Chicago Public Schools.

As we say so often in Western New York, there's always next year.

Ten-year-old Chase Anderson of Chicago was also outside the ballpark.

The Cubs celebration crowd even beat out the 3.5 million people who went to Rod Stewart's 1994 concert in Rio.

"You don't win the World Series on accident, you win the World Series because you have great people working together to achieve a goal", he said. Other fans lined the parade route, in places many people deep. Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally and food vendors will be on site.

Laurie Winter woke up at 4am so she and her two-year-old son, Cooper, could come in from the suburb of South Elgin and be among the fans outside Wrigley Field to see the players. This time, the river was a bright shade of blue - to match the Cubs' colors - on Friday.

For Chicago, the Cubs' journey to the World Series has been a welcome respite from a dark year.

The Steve Bartman incident was another in a series of unfortunate events that fans of the team have used to try and rationalize the fact that the team couldn't win a title for over a century.

"He was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are", Murtha told USA Today Sports on Thursday.

Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the rail line is "using every piece of equipment" available to accommodate the "huge demand".

When it was all said and done, and the Cubs were crowned World Series champions, just the fact that they won their first title in 108 years wasn't the only historic feat. Thousands celebrated into the night in the streets of Wrigleyville and many bleary-eyed faces were seen on the morning commute as a new era dawned in Chicago.

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