After 108 years in the desert, the Chicago Cubs finally came home

My family has rooted for the Cubs for five generations, since my great-grandfather arrived in Chicago in 1910. In all that time, we were never champions. Until now.

After 108 years, bliss.
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The late commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bart Giamatti, a scholar of Renaissance English and former president of Yale University, wrote that baseball was a metaphor for life. The goal, he explained, was "to leave and return home." The journey around the bases, in which you are always alone, but must depend on others who provide both opportunities and risks, is completed only by coming back to where you started. In a season, of course, the journey is capped by the World Series, the ultimate completion of 162 regular season games and then playoffs.

The 2016 World Series victory of the Chicago Cubs — the team's first since 1908 — will be ranked as one of the greatest of all time. There have been better teams, such as the 1906 Cubs, who still hold the best season winning percentage, at .763, or the famed 1927 New York Yankees. There have been better World Series matchups, such as the one in 1991 between the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins, in which five games were decided by a single run, three went to extra innings, and four were won in the final at bat. There have been more dominant individual performances than those this year, such as Bill Mazerowski's legendary walk-off home run in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, or Jack Morris' 10-inning complete game shutout 1-0 win in Game 7 in 1991.

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