‘Cubstock 2016’ puts cap on baseball crown; revelers jump from downtown bridge, lightposts – Chicago Tribune

Chicago transformed into a sea — and a river — of Cubbie blue Friday as the city celebrated the Cubs‘ historic, if still somewhat surreal, World Series triumph.

A massive crowd turned out for a parade and rally — dubbed “Cubstock 2016” by manager Joe Maddon — that finally rewarded the loyalty of the team’s long-suffering fans. It was a party 108 years in the making, a three-hour bash in which players choked back tears and repeatedly paid tribute to a fan base that no longer has to wait until next year.

“We’ve asked a lot of you and put you through a lot,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “Let’s be honest, for a while there, we forgot the ‘not’ in try not to suck.”

The city that works apparently took a collective day off as city officials estimated about 5 million people attended the World Series celebration. For that number to be accurate, it would mean a crowd nearly twice the city’s population took part, and that it dwarfed the estimates for the 2005 White Sox party and 2015 Blackhawks parade.

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