Cubs get World Series rings to go with historic championship

He joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covered the Chicago White Sox for and ESPN Radio 1000 through the 2015 season. As it turned out, their resistance only added to the excitement for their hosts this week. She came to Wrigley Field for the Cubs' home opener Monday night, as Cubs fans have been doing for generations - bundled up against the April chill off Lake Michigan, and hoping this would be her year. Call it a World Series hangover if you'd like, but the Chicago Cubs don't have quite the same feel out of the gate as we saw last season. Another ring bearer was Grace Davis, a 20-year-old who was born with spina bifida, which is a condition that Cubs player Javier Baez's late sister also had. The Los Angeles Dodgers have a lineup that can do damage, and we've seen it twice where they've produced double-digit runs, but consistency is key for this team.

By the end of the game, Chicgao walked away with a win.

"The season will teach us a lot of lessons, but I think he's going to be fine there all year", Maddon said of Schwarber, who has an on-base percentage of.381, including eight walks in nine games. He threw 106 pitches - 32 in the first inning, when he escaped a bases-loaded jam.

The Cubs then ended a marathon evening of well over five hours in a fashion befitting their curse-busting ways. He capped an emotional night with a game-ending single off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 victory.

Other than a two hour rain delay, it was another near ideal night on the North Side.

On a day when the wind was blowing in off Lake Michigan, the Cubs got a couple of big blasts. Fireworks went off, David Ross' appearance on "Dancing with the Stars" flashed on the video board, Wayne Messmer sang, AC/DC blared on the sound system and the 41,166 in attendance went nuts. Yet there was Rizzo, the first big acquisition of Epstein and Jed Hoyer when they landed in Chicago, the strapping, blonde-headed All-American guy whose anointed status as the team leader was exemplified by his carrying of the trophy. When they re-emerged, Rizzo led the way with the golden World Series trophy held aloft. Then they can take back the remote control.

With the count 1-and-1, Jansen tried to come up and in on Rizzo with his cutter but Rizzo got enough of it to slice an opposite-field single for the walk-off victor. "You need to make the routine plays, absolutely, but whenever you can make the little bit better than routine, when you can catch line drives because of positioning or just athleticism, it totally deflates the other side".

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"She was there", John Regner said, "but she had a very obstructed view". Even good teams usually don't blow through the opposition that easily.

"When you think of the number of people that would have sent in (entries), what chance do I have?" speculated Schreiber. "So right now they are the reigning champions". Yesterday the Cubs celebrated. World Series MVP Ben Zobrist was the last of the players to get one.

Fans can watch the L.A. Dodgers vs. On the inside of the ring is a custom triple arbor that features the local date and time the championship was won - "11-3-16, 12:47 am" - and the series scores and logos of the three teams the Cubs defeated on their epic journey to becoming 2016 World Series Champions.

"It doesn't fulfill anything for me; I was here for five years", Monday said. "Now go forward with it". "But as times goes on hopefully we'll have more on our fingers".

"I've always said, if you're going to be in a city when it wins a championship, it would be Chicago, if you can get there", Monday said.

But now they've got the bling to prove it.