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Over here in this rather dim country we call home, we're not massive fans of baseball. Therefore we can't properly understand the significance of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.
If anything can manage to describe just how incredible it is though, it'd be the sheer amount of Cubs fans who showed up for the winning parade.
Reports are claiming that an estimated five million people showed up to the celebration, making it the seventh largest human gathering in history. Not bad for a game that most of us Brits consider as a spruced up version of rounders and a modified game of cricket.
NOW: Officials estimate 5 million at #cubsparade. That puts it in the top 10 gatherings in, wait for it, human history. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/fL6pzS9hTM
- Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) November 4, 2016
Given that this is the first title the Cubs have won since 1908, there's no surprise that a lot of people gave it their all when it came to sharing their delight. However, who'd have guessed that it'd have been bigger than a Rod Stewart concert in Brazil in 1994? Absolutely no one.
Ahead of this particular gathering, and occupying the top spot, is Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India in 2013, which gathered 30 million people. In between that and the 2016 World Series winner's festivities was Arbaeen festival, Iraq, the funeral of CN Annadurai, India, a Papal gathering in the Philippines and World Youth Day.
Cubs players and fans sing "Go Cubs Go" with country singer Brett Eldredge during World Series rally in Grant Park pic.twitter.com/NHOX7wNTyL
- Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 4, 2016
It was better than V Festival. By a mile.
Those eagled-eyed readers will notice that those stats mean today's gathering was the biggest the west has ever seen, and the biggest non-religious meeting. That's some going.
Congratulations to all the Cubs players and fans who are presumably going to spend the remainder of the year drinking lager from their shoes, clinging onto this like Manchester United fans are clinging onto their fading memories of Fergie.
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