The Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year World Series drought in spectacular fashion in 2016, overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7. The postseason run immortalized the 2016 team and brought relief to a long-suffering fan base. While players like World Series MVP Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant are remembered as postseason legends, here are three unsung heroes from Chicago's World Series triumph.
3. Addison Russell
While Addison Russell was not Chicago's brightest star in the 2016 World Series, his contributions in the NLDS and NLCS cannot be ignored. Russell tallied a team-high three home runs and 13 RBI throughout the 2016 postseason, playing especially well in the NLCS. Russell's two home runs against the Dodgers proved to be vital, and the Cubs may not have reached the World Series in the first place had it not been for his hitting.
2. Aroldis Chapman
While many may remember Chapman for surrendering a game-tying three-run homer to Rajai Davis late in Game 7, he played a critical role in keeping the Cubs alive in the series. With Chicago facing a 3-1 series deficit, Chapman was called on late in each of the series' final three games, helping Chicago to close out three straight wins and bring a World Series title back to Wrigleyville.
1. David Ross
New Cubs manager David Ross played a small role for Chicago in his final MLB season, but his Game 7 home run turned out to be crucial. Ross came into Game 7 as a substitute, but made an immense impact in his limited playing time, hitting a solo shot in the sixth to give Chicago a 6-3 lead. With Rajai Davis tying the score just two innings later and the game ultimately going to extra innings, Ross' insurance run ended up being crucial to a Cubs win.