An Illinois College graduate was among the thousands of Chicago Cubs fans who witnessed Game Seven of the World Series in Wrigleyville.
Even though the final game of the series was being played in Cleveland, die-hard Cubs fan Spencer Campbell made the trip to Chicago to see the Cubs break a 108 year World Series drought.
Instead of paying $100 to get into a bar outside of Wrigley Field, Campbell and his friends walked about a mile down Clark Avenue to the Hutch American Bistro. Campbell says the packed bar went through an emotional ride of highs and lows throughout Game Seven.
“I don’t think you could draw it up any better than that. We go up 5-1, they tie it up at six and when that game got tied up the whole energy of the city escaped. Everyone’s heads were down, nobody said a word and the bars were silent. You go to extra innings and that place erupted. It was incredible,” says Campbell.
Campbell says experiencing the thrilling extra inning classic in the Windy City was “the best sports moment of his life.”
“It was absolute mayhem. We came out of the bars a mile from the stadium and the streets were jam-packed with people. We were just getting shoved around the second we got into the street. It didn’t matter though because everyone was smiling. I’ve never experienced so many high fives in life,” says Campbell.
Preliminary Nielsen ratings show the Cubs 8-7 win over the Indians was the most watched World Series since Game Seven of the 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks.