Powell at the Park: There’s nothing like a Game 7

Powell at the Park

Chicago Cubs fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of baseball’s National League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs advanced to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

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By Kevin Powell

CLEVELAND—Game 7 anything is awesome. Game 7 with the Cubs trying to win their first World Series in 108 years is incomparable. This is the biggest day in Chicago sports history. And if the Cubs win, it’s maybe the most memorable day in sports ever.

“It’s going to test both teams, I think,” Cubs shortstop Addison Russell said after his big 6 RBI day in Game 6. “I think (Wednesday) we’re going to come to the clubhouse with a lot of confidence and a lot of energy, you know.  Game 7, it’s a kids dream.”

For Cubs fans, waiting a few hours for first pitch will feel like waiting a lifetime, something they’ve already done. The day can’t move fast enough.

“Yeah, I mean, anybody who plays this game grows up dreaming of winning a World Series,” third baseman Kris Bryant said after the win.

Meanwhile, Cubs fans have dreamed of watching the Cubs win the World Series.

“I flew 15 and a half hours,” one Cubs fan said outside Progressive Field after Game 6. She flew all the way in from Qatar on Friday to watch Games 3-5 at Wrigley, then drove to Cleveland. “I’m jetlagged as heck.”

Another fan flew in from LA. Another from Wyoming. And of course, there were plenty from Chicago. This has been the goal since Spring Training, and the Cubs can actually win the World Series today. Fasten your seat belts.

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s a really important game (Wednesday),” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said after Game 6. I’d say it’s fairly important. And a game no one will forget.

Bryant added: “You know, we get to play in a Game 7; that’s pretty special.”

It sure is.

Kevin Powell covers Chicago baseball  for WGN Radio and anchors sports on The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes, M-F/3-7p. Follow on twitter @kpowell720


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