‘Drought finally over’: Internet reacts to Chicago Cubs win after 108yrs

The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. © Andrew Kelly
The Chicago Cubs’ victory over the Cleveland Indians in game seven of Major League Baseball’s World Series has sent the internet into a frenzy, with the hashtag #FlyTheW trending after the team ended their 108 year-old “curse.”

To celebrate, the team posted a video of Eddie Vedder’s 2007 anthem “All The Way,” produced for the 2008 playoffs but updated with a new – and happier – ending. It quickly went viral.

“The drought is finally over,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told the victorious team on Twitter, congratulating them with the #FlyTheW hashtag.

When the Cubs win at Wrigley Field, their home stadium, a flag with a giant “W” on it is traditionally flown at the grounds. Despite the game being played in Cleveland, the flag was used as a symbol of victory by fans, celebrating the first time the Cubs have won the World Series since 1908.

President Barack Obama expressed similar feelings, despite hailing from Chicago’s south side, where the Chicago White Sox reign. “Want to come to the White House before I leave?” he asked the team on Twitter.

Bill Murray managed to steal some internet attention when he photobombed a Cubs player being interviewed. The actor has never been shy about expressing his love for the Cubs and even let a ticketless fan in on the action, reportedly giving them a free ticket and sitting beside them during the game.

Fellow actor, comedian, and long-suffering Cubs fan Nick Offerman couldn’t hide his emotion, tweeting “I am openly crying.”

Some fans used the opportunity to remember loved ones who died before having the opportunity to see the Cubs win the World Series, writing their names on a wall at Wrigley Field.

Even their rivals from the other side of the city, the Chicago White Sox, couldn’t help but be proud of the Cubs, tweeting congratulations to the team.

“My grandpa has been waiting 81 years for this” one fan tweeted along with a video of the grandfather watching the moment the Cubs won the game. The Windy City isn’t expected to get much sleep tonight as celebrations continue.