The Latest: Cubs fans write names on brick of Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs fans celebrate in front of Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the baseball World Series in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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CHICAGO (AP) The Latest on the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years. (all times local):


1 p.m.

Chicago fans are writing their names in chalk on the Wrigley Field brick wall.

Lashawn Bennett, a fan since 1976 and a throat cancer survivor, borrowed chalk from Katie Compton to write his name. Compton, a special education teaching assistant, wrote a dozen names of living and departed fans and some for her co-workers.

Writer Peggy Herrington says she hid under a blanket during an ''emotional roller coaster'' as the Cubs blew a 5-1 lead and needed 10 innings to secure the win against Cleveland.

She says Chicago fans are used to being slightly disappointed, but this season the team shed the label of lovable losers.

Artist Donna Drapeau says the victory showed ''the fight'' and ''grit'' of the fans and the city. She says she's fine with the new identity as winners.


11:20 a.m.

Hillary Clinton cheered her hometown Chicago Cubs on to victory in the World Series.

With the game going to extra innings, Clinton saw the final moments on an aide's iPad after finishing a presidential campaign rally in Arizona.

Reporters in vans behind the motorcade could hear cheers from the direction of Clinton's vehicle after the final out. An aide says Clinton staffer and Cubs fan Connolly Keigher pulled one of the Cubs' signature ''W'' flags from her purse.

Clinton and the staffer held it up in celebration after the 10-inning game.

11 a.m.

Fans are gathering in Wrigleyville to snap selfies in front of the iconic marquee on the stadium that declares the Chicago Cubs ''World Series Champions.''

Long-suffering Cubs fans are reveling in the epic win over the Cleveland Indians, ending a 108-year-old drought.

Chicago resident and native of the Philippines Ian Bajamunde held up a newspaper with the joyous headlines and asked a passerby to take a picture of him in front of the stadium. A fan since 1996, he says it's ''surreal'' that the Cubs won. He chose the Cubs over the White Sox when he moved to city because he called the team ''more lovable.''

Fans also are adding their names in chalk to the back brick wall of Wrigley Field.


9:05 a.m.

The Cubs have returned to sweet home Chicago hours after knocking off the Indians in Cleveland to win their first World Series in 108 years.

A caravan of team buses was welcomed by a raucous crowd outside Wrigley Field early Thursday morning. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo showed off the World Series trophy for the cheering fans.

Players took turns passing the hardware around on their way back from Cleveland. Numerous Cubs players can be seen on Twitter posing with the trophy on the team plane, including Dexter Fowler, Jorge Soler and John Lackey.

Catcher David Ross, who homered in the final game of his career, shared his picture with the trophy and quipped, ''Look what the boys got me for my retirement.''