CHICAGO -- If you're a fan of Ben Zobrist or Anthony Rizzo or anyone on the Cubs, or you want to celebrate David Ross one more time, or just feel the goosebumps from those seven games between the Cubs and Indians again, then you need to watch "The 2016 World
CHICAGO -- If you're a fan of Ben Zobrist or Anthony Rizzo or anyone on the Cubs, or you want to celebrate David Ross one more time, or just feel the goosebumps from those seven games between the Cubs and Indians again, then you need to watch "The 2016 World Series."
"The real reason I want to see this movie is the 2016 World Series was the nine best days of my life and I can't remember any of it," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said before the documentary had its premiere at the Lyric Opera House on Tuesday night.
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The film, a Major League Baseball production produced by MLB Network, offers behind-the-scenes video from the seven games, including Rizzo and Dexter Fowler playing a video game before Game 6 in the clubhouse and a peek at the Indians shrine to "Jobu," a character from "Major League." Cubs fans also can get a peek into the Cubs' celebration in the home clubhouse after Game 5.
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Fans of all ages were interviewed, including one with a ticket stub from the 1945 World Series, previously the last to be played at Wrigley Field.
Actor and Cubs fan Vince Vaughn narrates the film, which showcases the Chicago players' "never quit" attitude and their fans' devotion.
"[This World Series] means so much to so many people and I'm just so happy every fan has a chance to really enjoy this," Ricketts said, standing near the World Series trophy. "We'll have a great offseason and hopefully get a few more of these."
Ross talked about his teammates, how nervous he was, and about Jason Heyward's motivating speech during the rain delay in Game 7. There's also a cute segment with Ross playing with two of his children at Wrigley Field, and son Cole does a little dance after a catch.
Ross is wearing a microphone during the series, so there are little snippets of conversation between him, manager Joe Maddon and his teammates. After Ross hits a home run in the sixth inning off Andrew Miller, he deadpans to Tommy La Stella in the dugout: "Tommy, I just went deep in Game 7 of the World Series."
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is interviewed as well, and discusses the Aroldis Chapman trade, Kyle Schwarber's injury and how he felt a sense of relief after winning the Series. Chapman also is interviewed, saying he was "devastated" after giving up three runs in Game 7.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about the curse," Zobrist said, talking about when the Indians tied Game 7 at 6 with a three-run homer off Chapman in the eighth.
Heyward's speech during the rain delay was the first players-only meeting all year.
"That meeting boosted us up," Rizzo said. "We came out and said, 'It was our time.'"
If you were in Cleveland for Games 6 and 7 and didn't know what was happening in Chicago, the film provides a glimpse of the craziness by the fans outside Wrigley Field.
"This game took me back to being a kid again," Zobrist said of Game 7. "I'm a Cub for life."
The film closes with Eddie Vedder's song "(Someday We'll Go) All the Way," and fans at the Lyric Opera House sang along. Even though everyone knows that the Cubs won Game 7, 8-7, in 10 innings, for their first championship since 1908, the actual ending of the film will help viewers realize just how long it's been.
Fans will be able to watch "The 2016 World Series" on Dec. 2 when it has its U.S. television premiere on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET. On Dec. 6, "The 2016 World Series" will arrive on two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and on DVD, available at the MLB Shop.
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.