The Chicago Cubs are World Series-bound for the first time since 1945.
The team overpowered the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, Saturday in National League division’s Game 6 on their home turf at Wrigley Field.
Fans cheered starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks for his spectacular performance during the finale — walking out no players and striking out six.
The athlete donned a pair of blue New Balance cleats when he stopped the Dodgers short of Game 7.
Taking to Twitter, the sportswear brand retweeted messages praising the baseball star, including one from a fan who wrote: “Kyle Hendricks just pitched the game of his life, and I will never forget it. Ever.”
Next, the Cubs will battle the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday for the World Series title.
Some superstitious sports observers have speculated that the trouble-plagued team has been under the “Curse of the Billy Goat” for 71 years.
According to legend, during the 1945 World Series game, Billy Goat Tavern restaurant-chain owner Billy Sianis doomed the team after he was ejected from the ballpark because fans complained of his pet goat’s foul odor. “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more,” he purportedly said at the time.