By: Keaton Greene & Logan Kennell
Fly the W! That's exactly what small town Eureka, Illinois has been doing the for the past two months, and the celebration continues. The 2016 Cubs, led by numerous all-stars including hometown hero Ben Zobrist, won the World Series in dramatic comeback fashion to clinch their first championship in over 100 years. Despite being down 3-1 in the series, the Cubs found a way to come back and take it all.
Senior Gage Bauman said, “I sat and watched with a roller coaster of emotions as I realized slowly that 108 years could turn into 109. Until that point I didn’t think that there could be a chance that we would blow it. I thought our chances were slipping away, but I was given a new perspective once the tarps came out onto the field. A new hope so to speak. It was at that point that I truly believed it was our game to win. Our series to win. And that’s what happened.”
Leading the way to this historic comeback was your World Series MVP Ben Zobrist. Ben led the team in hits and contributed with the amazing go ahead double down the left field line in the 10th inning of game 7.
Throughout the entire postseason, he had the support of the Eureka community by his side. With numerous W flags, window paintings, and “Ben Zobrist for President” signs down main street, support for Ben can easily be seen all over Eureka. “It is great seeing all of the support for Ben all around town,” said Sophomore Coleton Zobrist. “It shows how much our community cares about the people from here and express full support for those going out to achieve their ambitions.”
It was indeed a crazy week at EHS with numerous, very different things going on. First off, you couldn’t go a single day without seeing someone wearing Cubbie blue. Even principal Mr. Wherley, lifelong Cubs fan, was ecstatic about them playing in the World Series as he dressed up as a Cubs Mascot on the day of Game 7 and passed out Fly the W stickers. About 500 people showed up for a town wide photo, all wearing cubs gear, to send to Ben. We also had a trophy case filled with all Ben’s memorabilia from high school, college, and even some professional items to show our school pride for Ben. “Ben is a great example to our community. It is awesome seeing so many people express their support for him and the Cubs,” said Senior Matt Hoelscher.
Ben’s contributions to the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series team will never be forgotten here in small town Eureka, Illinois. He will always be remembered as the kid from a town of 5000, who grew up with a dream, followed it, and is doing what he loves today. Winning MVPs, World Series Titles, and being our Hometown hero.