KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following the conclusion of the 2016 World Series, Royals catcher and 2015 World Series MVP, Salvador Perez, sent his congrats to the new MVP, his former teammate Ben Zobrist.
Salvy posted a video to his Instagram account of Zobrist accepting his MVP trophy. In the video Zobrist can be seen hoisting the trophy over his head as Salvy cheers in the background.
Zobrist delivered the tiebreaking double off losing pitcher Brian Shaw in the 10th inning to lead an 8-7 victory over the Indians in Cleveland less than 11 months after signing a free-agent contract and one year after helping the Royals win the Fall Classic.
The rally began following a brief rain delay between the ninth and 10th innings. Kyle Schwarber got things started with a leadoff single before pinch-runner Albert Almora Jr. took second on a fly ball. Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally to set up a potential inning-ending double play, but Zobrist ripped a base hit down the left-field line and put them ahead 7-6 . Catcher Miguel Montero singled to extend the lead to 8-6.
This is the first World Series victory for the Cubs since 1908.
Prior to 2016, the Cubs last appearance in the World Series was in 1945.