Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Huge TV audience watches Cubs-Indians World Series Game 7

CLEVELAND — In the bask of victory, after Wednesday's 8-7 10-winning victory over Cleveland gave them their first World Series championship, the Cubs were pleased to put the generations-long chatter of curses officially behind them.

"The burden has been lifted," manager Joe Maddon said. "It should have never been there in the first place, I don't think. But now we can move forward."

The narrative was obviously intriguing, along with the big-market appeal of the Cubs, as Wednesday's Game 7 drew a massive TV audience.

Fox said there were in excess of 40 million viewers, the most-watched baseball game in 25 years (Twins-Braves in 1991 had 50.3 million), and an overnight rating of 25.2, the network's best baseball number since Game 7 of the 2001 Yankees-D'backs World Series.

The Cubs will be feted today in a parade through Chicago, starting at Wrigley Field. And, among other offers, they have been invited to the White House by president Barack Obama, a White Sox fan.

VP Vaughn leaves Rays after 20 years

Communications VP Rick Vaughn resigned after 20 years with the Rays to pursue other opportunities.

"I am grateful to Vince Naimoli for bringing me to the Tampa Bay area in 1996 and to Stu Sternberg and Matt Silverman for allowing me to experience a World Series," Vaughn said. "But after 20 years, I am ready to hopefully start a fresh set of innings elsewhere."

Vaughn has been also in a number of charitable organizations and causes throughout the Tampa Bay area.

MORE RAYS: LHP John Lamb, recovering from his second back surgery in two years, was officially acquired from the Reds for cash considerations. He is not expected to be ready to start the season. … RHP Kevin Jepsen, 1B Logan Morrison and SS Alexei Ramirez became free agents.

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