Former Smokies’ contributions a big reason for Cubs’ World Series win

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant slides home and scores as Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez looks to make the tag during the fourth inning of Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

KODAK (WATE) – The wait is finally over for Cubs fans. They won a thrilling game seven Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians in extra innings. It took quite the team effort. though. which included a lot of familiar faces to Smokies fans.

“Here’s the 0-1, this is going to be a tough play, Bryant, the Cubs, win the World Series! Bryant makes the play,” said Joe Buck, Fox Sports announcer.

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Smokies favorite Kris Bryant made the final out of game seven to give the Cubs their first World Series title since 1908. It’s safe to say, the curse is over for the Cubs.

“We don’t have to hear the goat, the black cat, the Steve Bartman and the 1908 jokes anymore,” said Brady Cox, fan of both the Cubs and the Smokies.

This win goes beyond team work on the field. It is a reflection of the entire Cubs organization including their AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.

“It’s not just the Cubs.It’s all the scouting and minor league’s players and all the backstage that a lot of people don’t see,” said Cox.

Many former Smokies had a large role in the Cubs’ success this year.

“Fifteen former players were on the roster for the postseason and many of them were the stars of the team,” said Chris Allen, Smokies president and chief operating officer.

The Smokies are going to make sure they honor the Cubs’ success next season.

“We’ll do some things, still talking about. We are going to make sure you come to the ballpark and know the Cubs won the World Championship,” said Allen.

A lot of the Cubs superstars got their start at Smokies Park, and now they are world champs.

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