'Next year' finally arrives for overjoyed Chicago Cubs fans

CHICAGO (AP) -- Next year has finally arrived for long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans.

At exactly 11:47 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Cubs won the World Series title that had eluded them for 108 years.

As the game ended, the roar from inside the bars and the throng of fans on the streets was deafening, before the crowds both inside and out sang "go Cubs go" at the top of their lungs.

Thousands poured into the neighborhood around the ball park to celebrate in the shadows of the statues of Cubs greats Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and legendary announcer Harry Caray.

Fans hugged each other, many of them crying.

For the first time in more than a century there was no need to say, "Wait until next year."