Curse Broken: The Cleats That Ended the Chicago Cubs’ 108-Year World Series Title Drought

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The Chicago Cubs celebrating the 2016 World Series win.
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The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians gave baseball fans a memorable 2016 World Series, capped off with an electrifying Game 7 that went into extra innings. When the game was over, it was the lovable-loser Cubs celebrating on Cleveland’s home field, ending the franchise’s 108-year streak without a World Series title.

After taking Game 7 by a score of 8-7, the stars of the diamond — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and the rest of the Chicago squad — will return home as World Series winners when they head back to Chi-Town.

Before the confetti falls in Chicago at the team’s parade on Friday and the Cubs fans party throughout the city, Footwear News takes a look at the Game 7 moments and the cleats — including looks from Under Armour, Adidas, Nike and New Balance — that got them to the promised land.

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Zobrist’s 10th-Inning RBI Single

With the game tied in the 10th inning, Zobrist hit a double, driving in Albert Almora Jr. This gave Chicago a 7-6 lead.

Ben Zobrist New Balance Game 7 2016 World Series Ben Zobrist (right) wearing New Balance spikes in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. AP Images.
Under Armour Albert Almora Jr. World Series Chicago Cubs Albert Almora Jr. scored in the 10th inning in Under Armour. AP Images.

Miguel Montero Extends Chicago’s Lead in the 10th

Building off the 7-6 lead in the 10th inning, Montero singled to drive in Rizzo, extending the lead to 8-6.

Miguel Montero Nike Game 7 2016 World Series Chicago Cubs Miguel Montero hit an RBI single in the 10th inning in Nike. AP Images.
Anthony Rizzo Nike Game 7 2016 World Series Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo celebrating in Nike after scoring in the 10th inning. APImages.

Bryant Sliding at Home Under the Tag

An Addison Russell sacrifice fly scored Bryant, who slid in at home under the tag to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

Kris Bryant Adidas 2016 World Series Game 7 Kris Bryant (left) in Adidas sliding to avoid being tagged in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. AP Images.

David Ross Homers in His Final Game 

Ross announced this would be his last season playing pro ball, and in his final game, he hit a home run in the sixth inning. What a way to go out.

2016 World Series Game 7 New Balance David Ross David Ross — wearing New Balance — rounding third after hitting a homer in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. AP Images.