Seeking their first World Series in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs nearly jinxed themselves by getting their locker room ready for a victory celebration before the game was over.
Video emerged during the game of workers preparing the visiting locker room at Progressive Field with “World Series Champions” banners and plastic wrap to protect the lockers from the inevitable spray of champagne and beer.
Chicago’s 3-run lead, however, disappeared in the eighth inning thanks to a 2-run bomb from Cleveland outfielder Rajai Davis.
Presumably, all that plastic and the banners were quickly taken down as the game went into the ninth tied and then into extras. Chicago had an extra-long wait as a rain delay pushed back the start of extra innings, but a 2-run 10th thanks to hits from Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero to take another 2-run lead. Cleveland got back a 2-out run in the bottom of the 10th, but Chicago held on to win, 8-7, to clinch their first World Series title in more than a century.
I’m sure Joe Maddon and the players had little control over what stadium or team staff was doing to the locker room, but it would have been quite the curse-worthy move
Unless they’re like Manny Ramirez who ain’t believe in no curses. He’s right, you know: you make your own destination.