ALGONQUIN – Algonquin residents Ronnie Doll and Melissa Brightman said they were both nervous and excited leading up to Game 7 of the World Series.
“I do think they’re going to win it,” Brightman said. “We’ve got a good, young team this year, and they’re hungry for the victory.”
“It’s been too long, it’s time,” Doll said. “I really think they’re going to win.”
Doll and Brightman then thought about what were the keys to winning this game.
“Patience,” Brightman said.
“Determination,” Doll said.
Soon after, on a 2-1 count, Dexter Fowler drilled a pitch to center field for a lead-off homer. The pitched caused Brightman, Doll and the rest of the crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings in Algonquin to erupt with the “Go Cubs Go” chant, high-fives and roaring screams.
Buffalo Wild Wings in Algonquin was packed with numerous Cubs fans who couldn’t take their eyes off the screen.
Even after a struggling third inning where Kyle Hendricks gave up the Indians first run and Javier Baez made his second error of the night, the “Go Cubs Go” chants continued.
“It’s been 108 years, and the Cubs need this,” Fox River Grove resident Jesse Robles. “We’ve come this far, we need this. An error like this, we can overcome anything.”
So after two errors by second baseman Baez earlier in the game, he hit a solo shot in the top of the fifth to put the Cubs up by three runs.
“Of course it was a sweet surprise, but this was what we’d expect from one of the most athletic young men in the MLB,” Robles said. “He’s so disciplined and hard on himself that this is something we’d expect from a future Hall of Famer.”
Buffalo Wild Wings was exploding with happy Cubs fans when the Cubs took a 5-1 lead. However, the building went quiet for the first time in the night when two runs scored off Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. Brightman and Doll, who started the Cubs game nervous, said they were even more nervous than before when the Indians made it 5-3.
“At first I thought it was a good decision to put Lester in, but then he got kind of shaky,” Brightman said.
Flash forward to bottom of the 8th, the score is now 6-6. While the crowd seemed demoralized for a moment, Huntley resident Wayne Schuldz still seemed confident in the victory.
“It’s no problem,” Schuldz said. “We’re going to get a couple more runs.”
The Cubs fans still had not lost hope as plenty stayed during the extra innings to cheer on their favorite team. And although the restaurant was loud all night, nothing matched when the Cubs recorded the final out.
“This is just an absolute gift,” Crystal Lake resident Michelle Gassensmith said. “I mean, to see them win like this, it was a crazy game, but words cannot describe how awesome this is.”
“I used to go to games as a kid even when we had no money,” Crystal Lake resident Angel Collins said. “My dad used to call them the bums, but the bums just won. Go Cubbies.”
More than a century of waiting is over.