There's no doubt that it's been a lively few days in Chicago since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series on Wednesday — their first World Series win in more than 100 years. But the celebrations clearly haven't been limited to the Windy City. On Saturday, Bill Murray and the Cubs appeared on Saturday Night Live for a special segment that was all about the winners.
Prior to Saturday's new SNL episode, it had been widely rumored that Major League Baseball's newest champs would take the NBC stage. The late-night comedy show often features sports champs after a big win. In February, for instance, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller represented his team on SNL's "Weekend Update" after the Broncos' Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers.
As far as sports champs go, the Cubs have become about as celebrated as it gets. Before their victory in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Cubs held the record for longest championship drought in professional baseball — they hadn't won a World Series since 1908. Saturday's special-edition "Weekend Update," appropriately dubbed the "Winners" segment, gave the Cubs a New York way to celebrate their historic Chicago win. Members of the team were joined by SNL alum Murray, who famously attended the World Series and rooted for the Cubs. On stage, they sang the team's new anthem, "Go Cubs Go."
Teammates Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, and David Ross represented the entire Cubs team on stage at SNL. First baseman Rizzo made the final out of the game that sealed the deal for the Cubs. Fowler, who plays center field, gave the Cubs their first run in Game 7 with a remarkable lead-off home run. Catcher David Ross hit a 6th inning solo home run in his final game before retirement. Needless to say, they're all heroes for Cubs fans after Wednesday's historic win.
The Cubs were a focal point of Saturday's episode, along with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange. Before the "Go Cubs Go" performance, the baseball trio appeared in a sketch about a bachelorette party. Their part? Strippers.
Both of the baseballers' segments seemed to be a hit (pun intended, sorry) with the crowd — and with viewers at home, according to social media. Meanwhile, "Go Cubs Go" was still ranked on the iTunes Top 100 chart as of Saturday. Even if the Cubs have to wait another 108 years for their next World Series title, the celebrations from this week's win could hold fans over until then.