Bill Murray exuded confidence a couple days ago when he strolled into the White House press room. He stated without concern that he felt the Chicago Cubs would beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 to advance to their first World Series since 1945. That takes a certain amount of guts. Especially considering Murray is like every other lifelong Cubs fan. Somebody who has suffered for a long time through some bad years.
So it must’ve been quite an experience watching what transpired at Wrigley Field. Despite facing the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, the Cubs weren’t going to be denied. They jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Kyle Hendricks delivered a magnificent two-hit performance on the mound. Wilson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo both hit home runs to add insurance.
By the top of the ninth inning, holding a 5-0 lead, Chicago took no chances. They brought in Aroldis Chapman to seal the deal. When he induced the ground ball that started the game-clinching double play, the stadium erupted.
Murray was caught on camera as it happened.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 23, 2016
We challenge everybody not to get a little bit teary watching this. More than anything this perfectly reflects the life of a long-suffering sports fan. Pure joy in the moment followed by a release of pent up emotions. It’s like watching a child who suffered through a terrible youth rise to become a success in front of their parents’ eyes.
How can one not cry? No doubt Murray and the rest of Cubs nation are hoping the team takes it all the way.