The Cubs clinched the NL Central and raised the 'W' flag on the Busch Stadium mound
The reigning World Series champions will have a chance to repeat. With their 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Cubs clinched the National League Central for the second year in a row.
It was a win carried out in front of a healthy portion of Cubs fans in the stands at Busch Stadium, including these two paying homage to Harry Caray:
After the game's final out, the Cubs celebrated on the field, gathering for a team photo and flying of the "W" flag:
The Cubs' clinch was especially memorable for rookie Ian Happ, as this marked the first time in his pro career that he was given such an opportunity. His Minor League teams never made it that far.
"This year, to be able to do that was awesome, especially for me," he told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. "The last time we were here, I debuted here. My locker was over there," he said, pointing to a locker covered by plastic in an effort to keep it dry. "I flew in with the family. Then, the next time to come back and clinch, it's unbelievable."
Somewhere, former team leader/unofficial "Grampa" David Ross sent his congratulations:
While Wrigley Field lays in wait to host some postseason baseball once again, beginning next week.