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Julianna Zobrist nearly missed Ben's World Series-winning moment

World Series MVP Ben Zobrist celebrates with his wife Julianna Zobrist after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

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World Series MVP Ben Zobrist celebrates with his wife Julianna Zobrist after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Minutes before the greatest moment of her husband Ben's career, the RBI double that would lead the the Cubs to their first World Series win in 108 years and him the MVP award, Julianna Zobrist was standing in the tunnel under the Progressive Field stands barefoot holding their 1-year-old daughter.

Told the rain delay that had Wednesday's thrilling World Series Game 7 on hold between the ninth and 10th innings, would last at least 30 minutes,  she had taken Blaise, plus older siblings Zion and Kruse, downstairs where it was dry.

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"All of a sudden I hear people cheering and I realize (Anthony) Rizzo is up to bat and I'm thinking, oh my word I'm about to miss Ben's at-bat," Julianna said outside the Cubs clubhouse. "I handed Blaise off to my assistant. I had my taken my shoes off so I'm racing through the tunnel, up the stairs and through the concourse barefoot carrying my 6-inch heels.

"So I get to the top of the stairs by my section. He takes a couple pitches and, I kid you not, he looks straight at me and I shake my head, yes. And he shakes his head, yes.

"And the rest is history. Literally, the rest is history."

The double by Zobrist, the former Rays star, gave the Cubs a 7-6 lead. A single by Miguel Montero made it 8-6. The Indians got one back in the bottom of the 10th, but then the Cubs closed it out.

Julianna couldn't have been happier to see it all happen.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:08pm]

    

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