Local Cubs fans react to World Series win

Cubs fans react to World Series win at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Cubs fans react to World Series win at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND (WANE) Chicago Cubs fans rejoiced in the early hours of Thursday morning after breaking a long-running World Series drought. The team won a decisive game 7 against the Cleveland Indians 8 to 7 at Progressive Field.

Some fans from the Fort Wayne area made the trek to Cleveland to watch the historic final game despite high ticket costs.

“I would’ve paid $3,000 to get in here,” Bluffton native Mark Vanderkolk told NewsChannel 15’s sports director Glenn Marini. “My mom would’ve killed me, but she would’ve gotten over it.”

One fan from Grabill said he has waited 35 years to see the Cubs win a World Series.

“I grew up watching the Cubs, watching it with my grandpa and just seeing them win it is just unbelievable,” said Tony Wilson.

The Cubs last World Series win was back in 1908. It’s the first time fans have seen a championship in their lifetime.

“I really am just more happy for the older fans who just finally get that one,” said Bluffton resident Michael Vanderkolk.