How they Got Here: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are in the world series. It took 71 years for this to happen. Many devoted baseball fans probably know how they did it, but people who have just noticed that they have may not know the story behind it. So here it is:

It all began in 2008, where the Cubs finished 97-64. That summer, Jim Hendry, Cubs general manager at the time, drafted Andrew Cashner, who will soon come into play. In 2009 the Cubs signed catcher Willson Contreras out of Venezuela. In 2010, Padres GM Jed Hoyer traded all star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox for Anthony Rizzo. In 2011, Hendry’s last year with the Cubs, he drafted Javier Baez with the 9th overall pick. Later in 2011, the Cubs hired Theo Epstein, who broke Boston’s curse of the Bambino, to be their new President of Baseball operations. They then hired Jed Hoyer to become their new general manager. In 2012, they traded Andrew Cashner to the San Diego Padres for Anthony Rizzo. Also in 2012, the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for Kyle Hendricks and signed international free agent Jorge Soler. In 2013 the Cubs drafted Kris Bryant with the 2nd overall pick. Later that summer they made what seemed like a minor trade, acquiring Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop from the Baltimore Orioles. Later that month, they traded Matt Garza to the Rangers for Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Grimm. In 2014 the Cubs drafted catcher Kyle Schwarber and traded longtime Cub Jeff Samadzjia to the Oakland Athletics for Addison Russell. In 2015 the Cubs hired Joe Maddon to become their new manager and signed big free agent pitcher Jon Lester. Later in 2015, they traded for Dexter Fowler.

2015 was not a rebuilding year for the lovable losers. They seemed all in as they called upon star prospects such as Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, and Kyle Schwarber to help them lead their way back to October. Jake Arrieta surprised the world as he won the NL Cy Young steering their way into the wild card game where Schwarber hit a bomb against Pittsburgh. They eventually were swept by the Mets in the NLCS. Their next task was winning it all in 2016.

They went into the offseason trading away longtime Cub and fan favorite Starlin Castro to the Yankees, which freed up salary allowing them to sign super-utility man Ben Zobrist. They then signed John Lackey to be another veteran arm in their staff and signed defensive wiz Jason Hayward to man right field. They went on to win 103 games with breakout seasons from Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jon Lester, and Kyle Hendricks. They eventually won the National League pennant for the first time since 1945. The Cubs and their fans are hungry to end the curse in Chicago, and they are primed to do it.

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