WORLD SERIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Game 7 lit up social media, as casual sports fans joined more hardened baseball fanatics for what ended up being one of the most dramatic, white-knuckle, stressful games in recent memory. Many tweets focused on how intense the game was to watch, even for people without emotional investments in either the Cubs or the Indians.
BuzzFeed imagined how people in Chicago must be feeling. @DavidKorins advised, for those at home, that “breathing is allowed, but nothing weird.”
But things took an even more cinematic turn as the game entered extra innings, and particularly after the top of the 10th inning was delayed for about 15 minutes by a sudden, seemingly symbolic rainstorm. Impatient fans desperately waiting for the action to resume made a brief celebrity of the tarp used to cover the field (and also this unfortunate individual).
The Seattle Mariners official account touted the retractable roof at Safeco Field, snarking “If only there were a modern contraption that could make this type of predicament avoidable."
This GIF of an older fan losing her patience summed up much of the internet's reaction to the delay.
Over the course of the night, a series of seemingly remarkable predictions rocketed around the Twittersphere. Most astonishingly, a tweet by a guy named @RaysFanGio seemed to predict the evening’s exact series of events, all the way back in November 4th, 2014. He said:
“2016 World Series. Cubs vs Indians. And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings.” By the end of the night, it had been retweeted over 150,000 times.
Though the Cubs led throughout much of the game, comedian Norm MacDonald nonetheless tweeted “Expect fireworks, followers. Expect fireworks. Do not change the channel."
AND, in 1993, high school student Michael Lee predicted this year’s Cubs win in his yearbook, writing “Chicago Cubs. 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first” beneath his class photo.
Of course, eventually, the Cubs were victorious, winning the World Series in the 108th year after their last title. @SNstats calculated that 184,425 MLB regular season and playoff games have been played since the team last won the championship.
Photos of Chicago fans climbing fences to watch the game through windows surfaced, leading into footage of parties and celebrations across the city.
@JProllert shared video of the celebration at the Billy Goat Tavern, which played a significant role in the infamous BillyGoatCurse, holding back the Cubs from winning the title for decades. (Steve Bartman, long blamed for interfering with a potential catch in a 2003 postseason game between the Cubs and the Florida Marlins, also appeared to be released from blame.)
Many people’s thoughts turned to the late, iconic Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey (or at least Will Ferrell’s beloved impression). This video of Carey predicting that “someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series” in 1991 was widely shared.
But no individual seemed to sum up the feelings of Cubs fans everywhere better than comedian and actor Bill Murray, whose live reaction to the win was fortunately captured by TV cameras.
Congrats to @edsbs for the deep “Lost in Translation” reference.
“Back to the Future” got a bevy of shoutouts for ALMOST predicting the big Cubs win. (They were one year off.) The Crying Jordan Meme resurfaced once more for a brief moment in the sun.
Photos of lifelong Cubs fan Hillary Clinton celebrating the win surfaced.
Lots of people made references to the 1993 sports comedy “Rookie of the Year,” in which the Cubs win the World Series, and to the 1989 sports comedy “Major League,” in which the Indians take down the Yankees in a one-game playoff. (And yes, Sheen showed up at the game in character as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Of course he did.)
Oh, and this kitten tried to catch the baseball on TV. She got over 10,000 retweets.