David Ross could not have written a better script to play his last game as professional baseball player. Late Wednesday night, the former Auburn University baseball player, who announced he would be retiring after the 2016 Major League Baseball season, was carried off the field by his Chicago Cubs teammates after winning the World Series. The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings, ending a 108 year championship drought for the popular franchise.
The 39 year-old catcher hit a home-run over the center field wall on a 1-2 count in the top of the 6th inning to put the Cubs up 6-3, becoming the oldest player to hit a home-run in a game seven of the World Series.
Ross, a Bainbridge,Georgia native, played for Auburn from 1996-97. He also won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
(Below is the game story from the Associated Press:)
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908 when Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a thrilling Game 7 delayed by rain early Thursday.
Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying homer.
But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th and scored twice. Davis hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery got the final out.
Manager Joe Maddon’s team halted the longest title drought in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but lost the last two games at home.
World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season. The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans.
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