Chicago is now in the midst of sporting euphoria after their Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, and the visiting All Blacks can't help but be swept up by the occasion.
An estimated 5 million people were at the victory parade.
Fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field as buses carrying the Chicago Cubs baseball team arrive in Chicago early Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland. Click through the gallery to see photos from the parade. Center fielder Dexter Fowler had a cigar as the team headed toward the rally that some fans have called the "celebration of a century".
The Cubs rode through the city's centre in a victory parade for the ages on Saturday morning (NZ time) as their long-suffering fans basked in the glory of their championship, and Israel Dagg wasn't shy in admitting the team had won him over.
Later, a sea of fans - many wearing Cubbie blue - attended a rally at Grant Park.
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Maddon was both thankful and forward-looking in his speech, after looking out over the massive crowd and shouting, "Welcome to Cubs-stock 2016!" Never have I experienced anything like Wrigley Field on a nightly basis. "It's different, it's spectacular, it's comfortable, it's warm, and it's the way it should be", Maddon said. "Thank you for being so patient". Let's hope that it's not another 108 years. "I listened to Joe [Maddon], the Chicago coach, saying that curses and such things aren't what make sport, it's actually the process of getting across the line that makes it". If the winds of change come in we will pursue [trades].
Pitcher Jon Lester was the first to drop a swear: "How about this shit?!"
"It happened, baby. It happened!" proclaimed 27-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo to adoring cheers. Her lucky charms helped reverse the Curse of the Billy Goat, she said, referring to the story of a Chicago tavern owner who supposedly put a hex on the team after his pet goat was turned away from Wrigley during the 1945 World Series. "I imagine they're feeling the same sort of thing, and while they love the game and winning, they will see nearly how much more it means for them and those memories will last for longer than that winning buzz".
The Windy City had been transfixed for months by the possibility that the Cubs' dry spell might end.
David Ross, a clubhouse leader who plans to retire, was also choked up. "The only time I ever get to see something like this is on TV".
After a highlight reel of Game Seven, the speakers blasted "Sweet Home Chicago" and "We Are the Champions".