This is What’s Trending Today.
The Chicago Cubs have won baseball’s World Series. It was the Cubs’ first World Series win since 1908.
On Thursday, the hashtag CubsWin trended across the United States.
For more than 100 years, the Cubs have been known as “lovable losers.” The team has many fans all across the country. But, it never seems to be able to win big games.
That all changed early Thursday morning in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 just after midnight to win the World Series. The Cubs came from behind to win the series. They were losing to the Indians 3 games to 1. Then, they won three games in a row to win the World Series.
The series is “best-of-seven.” The team that wins four out of seven games wins.
The results left many Cleveland fans disappointed. The Indians last won a World Series in 1948.
The Cubs were one of baseball’s best teams this year. But, many fans did not think they could win the series after falling behind.
One expert said the team had just a 15 percent chance of winning the series earlier in the week.
The year 2016 is turning out to be a year of unexpected winners in sports. When the Leicester City soccer team won England’s championship earlier this year, some people explained its significance to American fans by comparing it to the Cubs winning the World Series. In other words, it was not expected to happen at all.
Now, a few months later, the Cubs have won.
People all over America are celebrating the victory on social media.
One of the top posts on Twitter is a photo of the sign-in sheet at a Chicago-area elementary school.
It shows that many parents told the school their child was late because they stayed up to watch the Cubs win.
Many people also liked a video showing the message board outside of Wrigley Field. That is where the Cubs play their home games in Chicago.
When the game ended, the board changed to “CUBS WIN!” and thousands of people celebrated.
Another popular Twitter post included a photo from 1993, and a prediction. It was a man’s high school yearbook photo. In the text under the photo, he wrote “Chicago Cubs. 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first.”
Many people cannot believe the man, who is now over 40 years old, got the prediction right.
One man in Chicago celebrated by drinking a very old beer. He had put the drink in his refrigerator in 1984. He promised not to drink it until the Cubs won a championship.
Finally, 32 years later, he was able to open the beer and drink it.
And that’s What’s Trending Today.
I’m Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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significance – n. the quality of being important : the quality of having notable worth or influence