Joe Maddon to Cubs fans: ‘Thank you for being so patient’

Watch Joe Maddon's World Series rally speech.
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Joe Maddon thanked Chicago Cubs fans for waiting 108 years for the team to deliver its latest World Series title as more than two million fans celebrated in Grant Park on Friday afternoon.

“Thank you for being so patient,” Maddon said. “Let's hope that it's not another 108 years. Let's see if we can repeat this and come back again next year.”

The Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908 by overcoming a 3–1 series deficit and defeating the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

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Maddon won his second World Series ring but the Cubs title is his first as a manager. Maddon served as a bench coach under Mike Scioscia with the 2002 Anaheim Angels.

Watch Maddon's rally speech below:

The Cubs are the early favorites to win the World Series, according to Bovada.