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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. 

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! 

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Lance Briggs threw some hilarious shade at Cleveland. 

 

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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Willson Contreras commissions heart-warming painting commemorating his relationship with Joe Maddon

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Willson Contreras commissions heart-warming painting commemorating his relationship with Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon’s time with the Cubs may be over, but the memories made in his five years on the North Side will live on in Chicago sports lore forever. No matter how frustratingly his tenure may have ended, the outpouring of support and appreciation from management, fans and players alike throughout the process of Maddon’s departure are evidence of that.

“I love him like a dad,” Anthony Rizzo said

“I personally never could have imagined having such a wonderful partner,” Theo Epstein later added, standing beside Maddon as they delivered joint reflections on the end of the era.

Maddon touched the lives of so many within the organization and without in his time with the Cubs, but not many more so than catcher Willson Contreras, who burst onto the scene as one of the best young sluggers in baseball under Maddon’s guidance. Maddon — a catcher himself in his short time as a player — never shied away from criticizing Contreras in times he thought it earned, but it’s clear that the two forged a real bond over the last four years. 

Sunday afternoon, artist Austin Ploch revealed that Contreras reached out to him shortly after the end of the 2019 season to commission this heart-warming piece, commemorating the mutual respect and adoration between mentor and pupil:

The painting is derived from a photo of the two that Contreras posted to his Instagram account after it was officially announced that Maddon would not return as the Cubs manager:

Ploch has commissioned work for Contreras before, but now Willson will have a tangible memento to remember his first manager (along with his 2016 World Series ring). We’re not crying, you’re crying.

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Cubs to reportedly conduct second interview with Joe Espada for managerial opening

Cubs to reportedly conduct second interview with Joe Espada for managerial opening

Astros bench coach Joe Espada has two days off before Houston hosts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, but it looks like some of that time will be spent in Chicago.

According to multiple reports, the Cubs will interview Espada a second time for their managerial opening. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the interview is happening on Sunday.

Espada is one of the more sought after managerial candidates this offseason, as he's spent the last six seasons with two of baseball's leading franchises. The 44-year-old has been Astros bench coach since 2018, and prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Yankees — 2014 as a front office assistant, 2015-17 as third base coach.

David Ross was the presumed favorite for the Cubs' opening, when the process got underway. However, by landing a second interview, Espada has clearly given the team something to think about. In fact, NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan reported on Thursday the Cubs came away "exceptionally impressed" from Espada's first interview on Monday. 

MLB prefers teams not to make managerial announcements during the World Series. So, it might be a few more weeks before the Cubs announce their decision, unless they do so on Sunday or Monday.

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