4 unforgettable Cubs facts we learned MLB Network's 2016 World Series Game 7 special

Even nearly 8 years later, the allure and drama of Game 7 continues to capture the attention of basbeall fans everywhere.

World Series - Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians - Game Seven
World Series - Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians - Game Seven / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages
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#1: Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery didn't throw a single strike during any of his warmup pitches before entering in the 10th inning

As the crew on MLB Network's special pointed out, baseball is unique in the sense that one of the greatest games in the sport's history came down to to relatively unknown players in Mike Montgomery and Michael Martinez. That doesn't happen in any other major sport.

Thankfully for the Cubs, Montgomery was able to overcome a brutal warmup session where he failed to find the strike zone even once while warming up in the bullpen, and even when he came in and got his warm-up pitches on the Progressive Field mound.

Maddon said the plan was to utilize Montgomery's offspeed stuff and, of course, we know how that played out, with Martinez hitting a slow grounder to Kris Bryant, who fired a high throw across the diamond to Anthony Rizzo to end the game. That play ended a 108-year championship drought and etched Montgomery's name into Cubs lore forever.

Even all these years later, watching the game with Francona and Maddon chiming in was a really enjoyable experience and you'll pick up on a plenty of other little things the duo call out - and Verducci has a ton of his own insights throughout the special, as well. Given how it played out, I'm sure it was more enjoyable for me than it might be for Cleveland fans - who are still waiting on their club's lengthy title drought to end.

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