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CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs fans have waited 71 years to celebrate a return to the World Series.

Overjoyed fans streamed out of Wrigley Field on Saturday night after the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1945. Many people were wearing Cubbie blue and holding “W” flags.

Forty-nine-year-old Brian Dusza, who was Wrigley for Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, never thought he’d see the team win the pennant.

“I can’t even describe what I’m feeling,” Dusza exclaimed.

A sense mutually shared by the newly crowned National League champs.

Pitcher Jon Lester said after the game Saturday that Cubs fans have been “unbelievable” all season.

“[The fans] have done nothing but support us from Day 1 … Words can’t really describe where I’m at right now,” Lester said.

Cubs All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant said the chants of “M-V-P” gave him the chills, adding that “you never play for those awards, but for these people to chant that, it’s unbelievable.”

Even the fan who watched the game from the infamous “Steve Bartman seat” — so called for the beleaguered fan who deflected a foul ball in the 2003 NLCS which spurred a Marlins rally in that series — understand the historic nature of the evening.

“I’m thrilled. I love the Cubs. I love the city,” the fan said. “So my wife and I got an 8-month-old baby, so this is pretty special, pretty special time for all of us.”

The Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday, with the series returning to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.