Cubs get World Series rings to go with historic championship

Fans and players stand as they watch fireworks during the national anthem in the home opening ceremonies for the Chicago Cubs before the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Chicago.

Convincing people who live in the neighborhood that this was a good idea also proved fruitful, according to Kenney, who said 80 percent of respondents to a poll about The Park at Wrigley said they would visit the plaza this year. The rain eventually stopped, and the party resumed. He had the honor of hoisting the Cubs 2016 banner as the night started, then he made the game victor. The cold air was followed by a storm, delaying the ceremonies for almost two hours and threatening to put a damper on the much-anticipated evening.

The Cubs didn't just beat the Dodgers to crown the ceremony Wrigleyville waited a century plus to see.

Ross has clearly been banking on the support of Cubs fans but was likely expecting a decreased turnout, since the contest took place during the home opener.

"I'll remember this day for as long as I play baseball", Rizzo told reporters.

As a team, the Cubs headed into center field. It was capped off with the whole team walking onto the field holding the World Series trophy a sight that was just awesome to see. Little did Ross know that his performance would air on the scoreboard during the delay. "I think, to me, that's what it symbolizes". Lester, whose $155 million free-agent signing before the 2015 season was the symbolic start of the Cubs' competitive run, threw the first pitch to Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe almost two hours past the scheduled game time.

You know your answer before you ask the question.

If Lester had turned out to be the Cubs' star of the night, it would have been fitting enough.

Cubs president Theo Epstein said his rebuild can't be judged as a success unless the Cubs win multiple championships.

"It surprised me how emotional I got", Rizzo said in the clubhouse after the game. In just his sixth year with the team, I think he's already one of the most beloved figures in Cubs history. "Videos, the tribute. It was incredible".

"Throw that baby on once I get home and sleep with it", Rizzo said.

By the end of the game, Chicgao walked away with a win. The 20-year-old lefty went 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 games for Los Angeles last year, and the Dodgers want to limit his innings again this season.

During the wait, Katz found a Chicago Bears fan to talk to who had an wonderful talent; the ability to give the final score of every Chicago Bears game played in the last 15 years.

They had the tying run at third that inning and stranded four baserunners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh before Cubs shortstop Addison Russell made the kind of play seen all too often at Wrigley Field during the Cubs' 108-year drought.

The Cubs' pitchers are getting settled into the new bullpen, shifted in the offseason from the left field foul line to a quiet room under the left field bleachers.

Manager Joe Maddon savored every moment of the ceremony.

Turns out, it was the ideal spot. Justin Grimm relieved Edwards, Pederson flied out to shallow right, and Andrew Toles, pinch-hitting for Dodger reliever Josh Fields, dialed Area Code 5-6-3.

That night, Anthony Rizzo clamped his mitt around the final out after Kris Bryant fielded a herky jerky grounder from an ancient Cleveland journeyman named Michael Martinez and threw nearly as herky-jerky.

"That's huge for Rizz", Lester said. "I was in California, Arizona, Hawaii - it was just Cubs fans everywhere".

CHICAGO For 108 years, we all suspected it would be a cold day ... somewhere when the Chicago Cubs played a home game as defending World Series champions.

  • Julie Sanders