(CBS) The first of what the Cubs hope are many celebrations started Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs earned a 5-4 win against the Brewers when Miguel Montero hit a walk-off homer to the opposite field, then everyone got the party going about 16 hours after Chicago had officially clinched the NL Central crown. Amid the excitement, chairman Tom Ricketts took in the special moment.
“We’re the best team in baseball,” Ricketts said on 670 The Score. “Let’s see how we carry that into October.”
At 94-53, the Cubs sport the best record in baseball and are 6.5 games ahead of the Nationals for the best mark in the National League as they look to nab home-field advantage. Ricketts thanked the fans after the Cubs won their first division title under his watch.
“We came in a few years ago and we realized it was going to take a lot of time to put a great team on the field,” Ricketts said. “We told people the truth. We told them it couldn’t happen in one or two or three years. Everybody hung with us. I think everyone was feeling that it’s worth it. We have the best fans in baseball. Without fans, we’re nothing, and we appreciate it.”
“We’re just beginning. We’re at base camp. We got to get to the summit now.”
The Cubs from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game Friday in the ninth inning before the extra-inning heroics.
“They’ve all given their best every game,” Ricketts said. “This is not the only time we’ve hung tough.
“Everybody scraps on this team. That’s really, really cool. It’s a testament to their character. It’s a testament to their manager and a testament to the baseball guys who brought in the right character guys to put a good team on the field.”