Relive the ninth inning of the Cubs' NLCS clincher with 10 of the best and strangest fan reactions
With the Cubs leading the Dodgers, 5-0, going into the top of the ninth in Saturday's NLCS Game 6, tensions were high. If the team held on, it would mean that after 71 years -- nearly the full lifespan of a modern adult -- the Cubs would be going to the World Series. For everyone in attendance, this was a historical moment -- one filled with excitement and anxiety, fear and joy. That also meant it was a television director's dream with plenty of dramatic characters that could be cut away to at any time.
Here are the 10 best from the final frame:
The li'l dabber
For one incredibly stylish be-goggled fan, he knew the best way to both celebrate being just three outs from a World Series and find a way to cut the tension: He went into hyperdab.
The guy too nervous to remember how thumbs work
"Is this how my hands usually work? Which way does thumb go? Is that even proper English? I just don't know anymore!"
The guy who just discovered the camera
"Oh no. I told my brother I couldn't come over for parcheesi night because I came down with a rare disease doctors don't know how to cure yet. Uh-oh."
The time traveler
Just beyond our camera-shy fan, you may notice that there's a time traveler from the future who surely came back to 2016 to witness the Cubs make history. And everything would have been fine ... if we hadn't spotted him and therefore irrevocably changed his timeline.
The so much is going on here
We've got two fans who are slack-jawed in astonishment, and a third too terrified to watch. I think.
The man with two loves
"The only thing I love more than hard candy is the Cubs. And finally, finally, I can share my joy of both at the same time."
The guy who really likes foul balls
When Carlos Ruiz hit a foul ball into the stands off Aroldis Chapman, most fans went about their business. This fan couldn't help it -- he clearly loves foul balls. "Hey, alright! A foul ball! More of those please," he seems to be begging, his arms outstretched with joy. Sadly, for him, there would be no more foul balls hit in his direction.
The genuine human emotion
No jokes here. Just one fan, clutching her glove to her heart, welling up while watching her team make the World Series for the first time in a lifetime.
The no hugs required
Phil Collins wrote the classic pop album "No Jacket Required." For this Cubs super fan, her celebration is titled "No hug required. No, really, please, no thanks."
The Eddie Vedder
This one is also known as the spin and smile, the human washing machine or too much joy for one box to contain: