10 BEST CHICAGO CUBS PHOTOGRAPHS OF 2016

  1. 11.
    Honorable Mention:
    Lifelong fan Bill Murray in tears after the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years.
  2. 10.
    Joe Maddon
    The skipper being interviewed following the Cubs game six win over the Dodgers for the National League Championship, sending them to the World Series for the first time since 1945.
  3. 9.
    Carl Edwards Jr. Flies the W
    Relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr.'s celebration following the World Series winning game seven is so full of raw emotion.
  4. 8.
    Gymnast Anthony Rizzo
    Rizzo went up on the ledge to grab a ball heading foul, and performed some minor acrobatics to get it done. The fact that this happened during the same time as the Olympics lead to memes aplenty.
  5. 7.
    Jason Heyward walk-off
    Jason Heyward has one of the biggest contracts in baseball, but had an absolutely dismal year at the plate in 2016, his reaction to a 13th inning walk-off single in September was priceless.
  6. 6.
    Javier Baez tags
    Javier Baez's defensive ability at second base is unparalleled in baseball right now, this shot of him celebrating after tagging Giants center fielder Denard Span on an attempted steal is so good.
  7. 5.
    Jon Lester's bunt
    It was the 12th inning of an August game against the Mariners, running out of options Joe Maddon put in left-handed pitcher and notoriously bad batter Jon Lester in to pinch hit, hoping he could get a bunt down to score Jason Heyward from 3rd base, Lester executed perfectly and Heyward slid head first in for the win just in time.
  8. 4.
    Jake Arrieta and David Ross celebrate a no-hitter
    Jake Arrieta was on a tear in late 2015 and early 2016, and he pitched his second no-hitter in 15 starts. David Ross was in his last season after fifteen years in Major League Baseball, and he finally got to catch a no-hitter.
  9. 3.
    World Series Champions
    There are so many good shots of the on-field celebration in Cleveland that night, but this is my favorite. The dorky smile on Kris Bryant's face, Addison Russell and Javier Baez already embracing mid-air. It's so pure.
  10. 2.
    Addison Russell's Grand Slam
    Addison Russell hit a grand slam (the first player to do so in a World Series in eleven years) to blow game six of the World Series wide open, this shot of him running rounding the bases exemplifies so perfectly how amped the whole team and fan base got, knowing we had forced game seven.
  11. 1.
    Dexter Fowler's reaction to Miguel Montero's game winning grand slam.
    Game one of the NLCS, the grand slam in the bottom of the eighth made it a 7-3 game, and Dexter Fowler would go up next and hit the most irrelevant home run of the post season.