A two-hour rain delay for stalled the Chicago Cubs opening game pregame World Series Champion ceremony, but it seemed fitting. A rain delay spun the momentum to the Cubs’ in Game 7 last year.
When the rain finally subsided, Chicago celebrated their first championship ceremony in 108 years by raising banners commemorating winning the 2016 World Series, the National League pennant and just for throwback purposes, the 1907 and ’08 World Series.
Doing the honors were current player Anthony Rizzo and three Cubs legends, Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams. Sandberg started the ceremony hoisting the throwback 1907 World Series flag, followed by Jenkins with the 1908 World Series banner then Williams with the 2016 National League Championship flag.
After that, the Cubs turned to Rizzo to raise the 2016 World Series flag to a packed house. Rizzo then led the team from the outfield to the infield where he handed the trophy to owner Tom Ricketts. Ricketts and his two siblings threw out the first pitches and the game finally got under way.
BTW, Rizzo will be mentioned in any of the game write-ups as well. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Rizzo ripped an opposite field walk-off single to left to send the Cubs’ fans in a frenzy and earn an opening day 3-2 win over the rival Dodgers.