Bill Murray is one of the Chicago Cubs’ biggest fans. The actor, who did a Daffy Duck rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for Game 3 at Wrigley Field and who gave a fan a free ticket to Game 6 at Progressive Field, was all smiles at the end of Game 7 Wednesday night as his beloved Cubbies finally won the World Series.
“It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic,” Murray, 66, said in post-game interviews in the Cubs clubhouse. “The dream came true.”
Murray told the Chicago Tribune he had been "imagining this for a long time. I didn't think it would happen in Cleveland, but I thought it would happen. I thought we'd have it in Wrigley Field. Just being in Wrigley Field and seeing all that excitement this week and the last few weeks is dreamy. It's really pretty cool."
Slugging champagne from a bottle, Murray added in cryptic Murray fashion: "It takes a lot of energy to blast a rocket ship up into space and it takes a lot of energy to blast yourself to the World Series. There's a force field you have to pass through and the Indians put it up."
Murray was all over the place after the game — on the field trying to honk the horn of the MVP Ben Zobrist's car parked on the field and interviewing Cubs President Theo Epstein in the champagne-soaked clubhouse.
"We just won the World Series!" said Epstein, shooting champagne at Murray's face.
"Oh, it does burn," Murray said. "But it's a good burn."
Murray kept his eyes shut as Epstein said, "I just want to thank anyone who's ever put on a Cubs uniform and anyone who's ever rooted for the Cubs. It's been 108 years of love, support, and patience, waiting for a team like this to make it happen on a night like this. You guys are all world champs tonight."
"I knew I was going to cry. I didn't think it was because I was blind," Murray told the Chicago Tribune.
While Murray was on the scene, millions stayed up late to see the gripping, rain-delayed, 10-inning game.
Game 7, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is clocking in as the most-watched World Series since 2004. Early indicators for the series finale have the total audience at around 40 million viewers. If those numbers prove to be true when final figures are released by Nielsen, Game 7 will rank as the most-watched baseball game in over 15 years — and potentially longer. It also makes it the most-watched individual telecast this year outside of the Super Bowl, said THR.
Celebrating the end of a 108-year drought for a World Series title, the city of Chicago is busy planning a ticker-tape parade for its new baseball heroes. It looks like it will either be Friday or Monday — Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said probably Friday, the Tribune's Paul Sullivan reported. But Cubs pitcher Jon Lester tweeted he would see everyone on Monday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel had even mentioned dyeing the Chicago River blue (Cubs' blue, that is) if the Cubs win the World Series, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Last Modified: November 3, 2016, 1:38 pm