Historic World Series win brings excitement to Capital Region

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Nearly 500 miles away from that win at Progressive Field in Cleveland, here in the Capital Region Cubs fans are happy to say “next year” has finally come.

It’s something Cubs fans have been waiting for, for more than a hundred years.

“I always hoped I would see this day,” said fan Chuck Seifert.

The last time the Cubs won the World Series, gas was just 15 cents a gallon. It was a lot harder to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because sliced bread didn’t exist. It would still be another four years until you could twist open an Oreo cookie.

Seifert has been a Cubs fan for 50 years.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Seifert. “I used to live outside Chicago from 5 to 12, played little league and attached to the cubs and been a fan ever since.”

‘There’s always next year,’ is a phrase that for the first time in more than a century, Seifert, Bill Murray and other Cubs fans won’t have to worry about.

“Last year was the first time I could really say, ‘Wait until next year,’ with a clear conscience,” said Seifert.

The great Johnny Evers, who played in that 1908 game, is buried right here in Troy, and MVP of this year’s win, Ben Zobrist, has ties to the Capital Region.

“I couldn’t be happier for a guy, who when he was here, he was a consummate professional and he was a guy you were rooting for when he was a Tri-City Valleycat,” said Rick Murphy, COO and Executive Vice President of Tri-City Valleycats.

It makes the win that much sweeter for the Capital Region.

“If there was anyone who could be the MVP of the World Series, we were all rooting for Ben Zobrist,” said Murphy.

Seifert and others are hoping the Illinois native can keep the streak going, and bring new meaning to those once cursed words.

 

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