When Kris Bryant fielded the groundball in the bottom of the 10th and a smile appeared on his face as he stood to fire a strike to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Bryant's slight smile was the sign that he knew it was over and the Chicago Cubs had won their first World Series Championship in 108 years.
Now, the legend of Billy Sianis and his goat, Murphy, who were asked to leave during game 4 of the World Series between the Cubs and Tigers at Wrigley Field in 1945 because of Murphy's odor, can move on and be filed into the history books, no longer relevant to the Chicago Cubs future. The image of the black cat that crossed the path of Cubs third baseman Ron Santo standing in the on-deck circle in Shea Stadium in 1969, can be filed away, no longer relevant. Cubs first baseman, Leon Durham, who missed the groundball in the 1984 NLCS game 5, can move on.
Cubs fan Steve Bartman who was blamed for the 2003 playoff loss to the Florida Marlins because he interfered with left fielder Moises Alou's attempted catch of a foul flyball, can move on.
Cubs fans can stop fearing the eighth inning when leading with two outs in a playoff game. They can stop fearing playoff games when a foul flyball descends down to the wall by the infamous Bartman seats. They can stop fearing the inevitable loss of a playoff series every time their team makes the post-season. They can stop fearing other fans referring to them as the Loveable Losers. They can stop feeling ashamed of wearing their Cubs uniform tops, hats and shirts when they go outside of their homes. They can stop denying their Cubs fanhood. It's over Cubs fans! You're team is the World Champs. Congratulations!
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