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Cubs fly 'W' on social media after NLDS win

MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CHICAGO -- There were "W" flags all over Chicago on Wednesday as Cubs fans celebrated the team's 3-1 series win over the Giants in the National League Division Series. Players were excited, too, about advancing to the NL Championship Series, which begins Saturday night at Wrigley Field (8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on FS1) against the Dodgers.

CHICAGO -- There were "W" flags all over Chicago on Wednesday as Cubs fans celebrated the team's 3-1 series win over the Giants in the National League Division Series. Players were excited, too, about advancing to the NL Championship Series, which begins Saturday night at Wrigley Field (8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on FS1) against the Dodgers.

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The Cub who may be the most popular right now is Javier Baez, who has added more than 23,000 new followers on Instagram and more than 9,000 on Twitter since Game 1 of the NLDS, according to Crain's Chicago Business. Baez hit the game-winning RBI single in the four-run ninth inning on Tuesday in Game 4.

That rally prompted an outburst of excitement by Cubs players on social media.

Outfielder Matt Szczur, who was not on the NLDS roster but was traveling with the team, added a photo of the champagne-soaked players on the mound at AT&T Park.

Tweet from @superSZCZ4: We NEVER quit! https://t.co/v6vAHI6gkJ

Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, joined the fun.

Tweet from @benzobrist18: Still trying to process how special that comeback was last night. We never quit. And we aren't stopping now. On to the NLCS!

Julianna also posted a photo of them hugging.

Tweet from @JuliannaZobrist: This is the one...the nerves still shaking, champagne soaked t-shirt, no words, tears in your eyes, (literally) tak… pic.twitter.com/mj9i4LCyXi

Tweet from @JLester34: NLDS✅! Can't say enough about @D_Ross3 & @javy23baez! How about Rossy being the oldest Cub & Catcher to hit a HR in the postseason? #LetsGo

Tweet from @KrisBryant_23: This team is unbelievable! 8 more! #FlyTheW

Tweet from @GrimmReaper_52: What an unbelievable #W.. I love baseball! #27outs.. This team is incredible! Proud to be a #Cub

Kyle Schwarber, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the year, traveled with the Cubs to San Francisco and was their biggest cheerleader.

Tweet from @kschwarb12: These guys are pretty good huh? #FlyTheW 

Aroldis Chapman may be fairly new to the Cubs, but he also celebrated on Twitter.

Tweet from @AChapman_105: Chicago, this is for you! Thank you for #believing - Chicago, esto es para ustedes. Gracias por el apoyo! #FlyTheW #CLINCHED #GoCubsGo

Even actor and comedian Bob Newhart joined the party, posting a photo of himself holding a "W" flag in front of the television after Chapman struck out Brandon Belt for the final out.

Tweet from @BobNewhart: Cubs, I am 87 and I am getting too old for this... #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/d4tnkgRCl0

Chicago native and actress Bonnie Hunt posted a photo of herself and late Cubs third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo on Twitter.

Tweet from @BonnieHunt_real: I know the great Ron Santo is cheering alongside my sweet Dad in heaven! #angelsintheoutfield #FlyTheW Go Cubs! @Cubs @Alicebonniesmom pic.twitter.com/Lq9SI0iIf5

Former Bulls player Scottie Pippen also commented: "Just when you thought they were down and out ... redemption! Incredible victory for the @Cubs. On to the next one. #FlyTheW"

Tweet from @ScottiePippen: Whether it's 48 minutes or 27 outs, you never quit! Loved how the @Cubs competed til the end last night. #FlyTheW

The Giants may have been eliminated, but they made a classy move in congratulating the Cubs on Twitter: "Congrats @Cubs fans! What a thrilling, unforgettable series. Good luck in the next round."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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