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Famous Cubs fans celebrate World Series title on Twitter

Famous Cubs fans celebrate World Series title on Twitter

After a postseason filled with incredible ups and downs, the Cubby faithful can finally take a deep breath, relax and tweet.  

The Northsiders are World Series champions, and, as you can imagine, famous fans are celebrating on Twitter. 

High-profile supporters weren't only engaged after the epic Game 7 win, though. The encouraging posts started rolling in hours before first pitch at Progressive Field. 

History buff Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created the acclaimed Broadway musical "Hamilton," kicked off the festivities by giving the Cubs an 18th century pep talk. 

History must have liked what it saw because Dexter Fowler became the first player ever to lead off a World Series Game 7 with a home run. Some fellow Chicago athletes were pretty pumped about Fowler's blast, too. 

 

On the mound, Kyle Hendricks delivered another solid postseason performance, but it was his calm demeanor that most impressed comedian Jim Gaffigan. 

Grandpa Ross added to the fun with a solo shot to center, sparking another flurry of celebrity tweets. 

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As fans know, though, this is the Cubs. Nothing is ever easy. Aroldis Chapman gave up a two-run dinger to Rajai Davis in the bottom of the eighth, and the Twitter mood turned somber.

John Francis Daly, who directed "Vacation," took the high road by looking at the Game 7 drama as a future project. 

Insanity followed. The game went into extra innings and a short rain delay paused the action. When the 10th inning resumed, Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero each added RBIs to put the Cubs in front, 8-6. 

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Rookie Carl Edwards Jr. gave up one run in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery shut the door to seal the Cubs' first championship in 108 years. Athletes and Celebrities were free to Fly the World Series W! 

Lance Briggs threw some hilarious shade at Cleveland. 

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The Blackhawks, who are used to hoisting trophies, congratulated the Northsiders.

Fresh off a Monday night win, the Bears gave some love to the Cubs.

 

Even the White Sox and their most popular fan put aside their crosstown rivalry to show respect for a phenomenal year. 

The crazy game is best summed up by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was caught reacting to the highs and lows. 

Tweet of the night goes to notorious Cubs troll, Frank Kaminsky. The big man let bygones be bygones and (finally) gave the Northsiders credit. 

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--Barack Obama congratulates Cubs World Series championship

--Famous Cubs fans celebrate World Series title on Twitter

--Ben Zobrist becomes first Cub ever to win World Series MVP

--Numbers game: statistical oddities of the Cubs World Series title

--Jed Hoyer: Rain delay was ‘divine intervention’ for Cubs

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--Ben Zobrist delivers exactly what the Cubs expected with massive World Series

--‘Dreams come true’: Bill Murray reacts to Cubs winning the World Series

--Big surprise: Kyle Schwarber plays hero again for Cubs in World Series Game 7

- Ryne Sandberg: World Series ‘made it able for me to live in the present’

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jon Lester struggles against the division-rival Cardinals

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jon Lester struggles against the division-rival Cardinals

It was a tough day for the North Siders.

The Cubs got obliterated by the Cardinals as Matt Carpenter had a three-homer, two-double day. Ben Finfer, Seth Gruen and Maggie Hendricks join David Kaplan on the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast to talk about the blowout.

Was Jon Lester due for this kind of terrible outing? And do the Cubs have enough to swing a big trade before the deadline?

Plus, the panel discusses Matt Nagy’s first training camp practice in the rain and Roquan Smith’s absence in Bourbonnais.

You can listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Jon Lester saw a start like this coming

Jon Lester saw a start like this coming

Jon Lester had easily his worst outing of the year, allowing the Cardinals to score eight runs on seven hits, the veteran All-Star only managed three innings before Joe Maddon turned to his bullpen. 

The Cardinals would take game two of the series by the score of 18 to 5, and while none of the Cubs pitchers could silence the Cardinal bats, Lester didn't shy away from his poor outing. 

"You know, I don't want to chalk this up as bad days happen," said Lester. "I think mechanically this has kinda been coming." 

Lester knew he was struggling to hit his spots, and while his ERA was a sparkling 2.58 coming into this start, his peripheral stats had him pegged as a potential regression candidate in the second half of the season.

His 4.35 FIP and 3.30 walks per nine innings show a pitcher who is relying heavily on his defense to get outs, which isn't surprising for a 33-year-old veteran but the walks are a concern. 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was aware Lester had been working on his mechanics, but even he was surprised that Lester's start went downhill so quickly. 

"I thought he had good stuff to start the game, hitting [92-93 mph] and I'm thinking this might be a good day," said Maddon. "But you could just see from the beginning he was off just a little bit." 

Over Lester's last four starts his ERA has been an uncharacteristic 4.57, issuing 10 walks over those four starts, and only making it past the 6th inning once. At this point of Lester's career, he knows the best way for him to get outs isn't through strikeouts but by inducing soft contact and avoiding walks. 

And while both his hard contact rate and walks have increased this season, Lester's experience and high baseball I.Q. has allowed him to navigate his way through sticky situations. 

"I've been getting outs," Lester said candidly. "I just feel like when I've had that strikeout or I have a guy set up for that pitch I haven't been able to execute it." 

And while this outing was one to forget, it's at least a positive sign that Lester is aware of his issues on the mound. The veteran knows how to get outs and he knows what he needs to do to be successful in the latter part of his career. He just needs to get back to executing those pitches. 

Just don't expect Lester to dive head first into the analytics on how to fix his issues, he'll stick to hard work and baseball common sense. 

"I'm not too concerned with the analytic B.S., I'm worried about my mechanical fix for my next start."