Where to start? Just the fact that this game was played—with the Cubs forcing a winner-take-all World Series finale after falling behind 3–1 in the series to the Indians—is incredible enough. But then there was this 10-inning epic, a bruising slugfest between two teams each looking to end decades of frustration and sadness by capturing the championship that had eluded them for what must have felt like an eternity.

There were home runs and game-tying rallies and daring base-running plays and questionable managerial decisions and relief outings from starting pitchers. There was a leadoff home run from Chicago's Dexter Fowler, the first ever to start a Game 7, and a homer from 39-year-old David Ross, playing in his last major league game. There was Rajai Davis's home run in the eighth off of a gassed Aroldis Chapman that capped Cleveland's comeback from a 5–1 deficit and will be remembered as one of the biggest hits in the franchise's long and tortured history. There was the rain delay that gave everyone a chance to catch their breath. And then there was the 10th—the inning in which the Cubs put two runs on the board thanks to RBI hits from Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero, then held off a frantic Indians rally to clinch their first title in 108 years. This wasn't just the best game of this year's postseason; it will likely go down as one of the greatest World Series Games 7 ever played.

VERDUCCI: The storm, the speech and the inside story of the Cubs' Game 7 triumph

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