Chicago Cubs: Ranking the top 5 moments of Kris Bryant’s career

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
6 of 6
Chicago Cubs / Kris Bryant
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: Top 5 Kris Bryant Moments – #1: Breaking the Curse

November 2, 2016. A date which will live in the minds of Cubs fans across the globe as long as they live. They did it. They finally won it all. Facing the Cleveland Indians, Game 7 was played in Cleveland after Chicago rallied back from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series. With everything on the line, it took a team effort to bring home the coveted World Series title.

In that game, Joe Maddon’s team received key contributions from Dexter Fowler who led off the game with a homer, along with dingers from Javier Baez and David Ross – who was playing the final game of his career. After a 17-minute rain delay, Ben Zobrist stepped to the plate with Albert Almora on second base and Anthony Rizzo on first.

The veteran jack-of-all-trades shot a tenth-inning ground ball the opposite way down the line past a diving third baseman, scoring Almora and giving the Cubs the lead in the process. Miguel Montero then stepped up, knocking in what would become the game-winning run.

Everybody’s hearts sank when the Indians scored a run to pull back within one in the bottom of the tenth. But then, Mike Montgomery came in out of the pen with the club’s drought-ending aspirations in his hands. The rest, as they say, is history.

The left-hander induced a soft ground ball to third, and how fitting that the soon-to-be NL MVP himself, Bryant, charged in and made the play, firing to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to end the 108 years of waiting. With that play, Bryant, Rizzo and the Cubs did what generations of players had failed to do: bring a championship to the North Side of Chicago.

dark. Next. Ranking the top 5 Cubs we've lost in recent years

For all of us, that moment that will never get old. On this night, with all the circumstances of being down 3-1 in the series, rallying back, Cubs fans were given one of the greatest joys a fanbase could ever feel. For Bryant, it was the ultimate way to cap off an already historic season.