Cubs Raise World Series Banner…After Watching David Ross’ DWTS Performance on the Jumbotron (Video + Pics)

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The Chicago Cubs did two things they had never done at Wrigley Field prior to their home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

First they watched former teammate David Ross compete on week four of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars on the Wrigley Field jumbotron. Then they raised a World Series banner from the center field flagpole.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series last November. Prior to that the last time they had won the World Series was 1908. However, they didn’t start playing at Wrigley Field until 1916. So Monday was the first time a World Series banner had ever been flown at the friendly confines.

The 2016 World Series banner was designed to look just like the banners from 1907 and 1908:

The whole team gathered in center field to hoist the banner:

Then they paraded onto the diamond from the doors in center field, with de facto team captain Anthony Rizzo holding the Commissioners Trophy above his head:

Not all the key players from the 2016 championship team could be at Wrigley to celebrate on Monday. Fan-favorite David “Grandpa Rossy” Ross, who retired after helping the Cubs break the Curse of the Billy Goat, was in Los Angeles shooting week four of Dancing with the Stars. However, the baseball gods intervened to make sure Ross was there in spirit.

Earlier on Monday, David Ross had suggested the Cubs put his DWTS performance on the Wrigley jumbotron “if there was a rain delay.”

Well, wouldn’t you know it, there was a rain delay. So the Cubs did put Grandpa Rossy’s dance on the jumbotron:

The rain delay also helped out David Ross. He was able to watch his former teammates raise the World Series banner backstage:

All in all it was a pretty good night for the Cubs, who also won the game on a walk-off single from Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the ninth.

Hat Tip – [theScore, Cut4]

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