Gov. Pete Ricketts didn’t think much about being an owner and simply became a fan last night at Progressive Field in Cleveland as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, breaking a 108-year drought.
The Ricketts’ family owns the Cubs and the governor says last night was special.
“We’re all just incredibly excited. It is a great group of young men. The fans have deserved this for a long, long time and it really is just a tremendous feeling to be a part of something so historic and so fun,” Ricketts tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The Cubs came back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series to defeat the Indians, capping the comeback with an 8-7, 10th inning win in Game Seven. It was the first Cubs’ World Series win since 1908.
Ricketts says Game Seven became a roller coaster of emotions in Cleveland.
“You know, being excited as we were jumping out early on them. Being crushed when they tied the game up and going, oh are we going to pull this out, we’re out of pitchers? Then, of course, the Cubs in the 10th got a couple of runs and we just had to figure out how we were going shut down the Indians for three more outs,” Ricketts says. “It was up and down, just a roller coaster of emotions that any fan would experience with their team.”
The Cubs led 5-1 going into the bottom of the 5th. The Indians scored two unearned runs in the inning, cutting the lead to 5-3. The Cubs’ David Ross responded with a solo homer, making it 6-3.
But the Indians weren’t done. After scratching together a run, Rajai Davis hit a two-run shot off off Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 6-6.
Former Kansas City Royal Ben Zobrist would drive in the go-ahead run in the 10th. The Cubs added an insurance run they would need after Davis drove in another run in the bottom of the inning. Cleveland, though, wouldn’t score again and the Cubs ended the longest championship drought in baseball.
Ricketts says it was difficult to absorb the significance of the win.
“You know, we were down in the clubhouse after the game and the players were all spraying champagne and everything and it was just really hard to take it all in, because it is something that is so historic,” Ricketts says. “You know, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 108 years. This is the group of guys that did it and I got to be there in the clubhouse to watch them celebrate.”