We’ll admit it — we’re ordinarily not super big on sports (unless hardcore workouts are included). But when the Chicago Cubs won their National League championship game last night, advancing to the World Series for the first time in 71 years, even we stopped and took note.
For those of you doing the math, the last time the Cubs clinched the pennant, it was 1945. World War II was just ending, and America was still on a shoe ration.
Many, of course, believe their (very long) run of bad luck was due to a curse local tavern owner Billy Sianis put on the team when he was asked to remove his pet goat (and tavern mascot) from the stadium during the fourth game of the 1945 World Series. After he uttered the chilling words, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna’ win no more,” it’s been a wash for the boys in red, white and blue — until last night, that is, when, on the 46th anniversary of Billy’s death, the Cubs finally, FINALLY advanced to the league’s final showdown.
The entire world seemed to be celebrating the achievement, including plenty of rather notable celebs. See how they reacted to the big win below!
1. John Cusack: Chicago native John Cusack’s entire Twitter page was practically an ode to the Cubs, but this goat meme was our favorite.
2. Jeremy Piven: The Entourage star celebrated the end of the curse, saying, “No more next year, baby, meet you in Chicago.”
3. Hillary Clinton: Hillary Clinton’s shock was apparent to anyone and everyone who got a glimpse of her face the moment she found out the Cubs had done it.
4. Sophia Bush: Residing in Chicago to film her Chicago P.D. series, Sophia Bush congratulated her “home away from home.”
5. Bette Midler: Bette gave everyone a recap of the sitch.
6. Mindy Kaling: Mindy Kaling, in true Mindy form, took the opportunity to make a joke.
7. Anna Chlumsky: My Girl’s Anna Chlumsky kept things short and sweet.
8. Giuliana Rancic: Chicago transplant and E! personality Giuliana showed her excitement for the boys in blue.
9. President Obama: Even President Obama (a former Chicago resident) got in on the action, along with his First Lady Michelle.
10. Bill Murray: Arguably no one was more excited than Bill Murray, however, who had the greatest response of all when he quite literally burst into tears. Awwww, congratulations, Bill!
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(Photos via Jamie Squire + Frederick M. Brown/Getty)