As Americans sit down for dinner on Thanksgiving, many will be expressing gratitude for family, friends and an atmospheric condition commonly referred to as rain, and not necessarily in that order.
More specifically, Cubs fans are grateful for the 17 minutes of blissful rain in Cleveland that delayed Game 7 of the World Series.
It was the storm that saved the Cubs and ended the drought, lasting just long enough for players to gather for a team meeting, collect themselves and go on to beat the Indians in 10 innings for their first title in 108 years.
The 17-minute delay and its aftermath already have gone down in Cubs lore, perhaps edging out the Billy Goat curse, the black cat and the Bartman game as the go-to myth every time the Cubs make the postseason from now on.
It made an unlikely hero of Jason Heyward, who called the meeting and by all accounts gave a Knute Rockne-caliber pep talk.
"J-Hey called a meeting, and we just let it all out and we're world champion," Rizzo said in the postgame clubhouse.
"It was tense," Mike Montgomery added. "We get in here and we kind of rallied the troops. Everyone said 'Hey, don't worry about this. We've got this. We rallied around (Aroldis) Chapman.'"
Addison Russell said Heyward gave a "beautiful" speech, which preceded an open discussion.
"We all had heart to hearts, we all felt we had to say things that were on our minds and get them off our chest," Russell said. "We reached new levels when you talk about that stuff. Grown men talking about that stuff, it doesn't matter. The fact that we did it here in the World Series."
The meeting was even depicted in a viral Lego video that shows Lego Heyward calling together his Lego Cubs teammates in the Lego workout room of Lego Progressive Field.
Could the Cubs have rallied without the rain delay?
Certainly. After all, they had Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist coming to the plate against Bryan Shaw in the 10th. But when the movie version comes out, with Ice Cube probably playing Heyward, the rain delay will be front and center.
"I really feel like, in some ways, that rain delay was kind of divine intervention," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said afterward. "The game was going really fast for us at that point."
For the answer to that question, I turned to Rev. James Greanias, a lifelong Cubs' fan management asked to bless the home dugout with holy water before the start of the 2008 postseason, a move that ultimately backfired when the Dodgers swept the Cubs.
Could the 17-minute delay be interpreted as divine intervention?
"Rain from heaven?" he replied. "Obviously a more efficient and direct sprinkling of holy water from God to break the curse."
No, seriously. Was God greasing the skids for the Cubs?
"I do not subscribe to any belief that God causes, favors or intervenes in any athletic contest," he said. "That being said though, I do believe He provides opportunities for us to step away from the present to contemplate the higher things of His love. ...
"Rain delay, in midst of difficulty, allows a chance to regroup from the depths of despair to refocus, to find hope in the truth of past experiences of rallying. Thus comes the redirect of effort to victory. In life, (when) things seem hopeless we turn to prayer and faith in the knowledge of such past personal experience, refocusing ourselves toward either success or strength to endure the worst."
The worst, at least in the eyes of Cubs fans, would have been losing to the Indians in Game 7 after failing to protect a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth inning.
The worst, would have been an all-night downpour that forced the re-start of the 10th inning the next evening.
It rained the rest of the night and well into the next morning. Imagine spending another day waiting to see if the Cubs would win it or blow it, arguing Joe Maddon's moves, speculating on whether he would bring Chapman out for the 10th on 20-hours rest.
Perhaps the real divine intervention may have been the lack of rain during the 10th inning, sandwiched between the 17-minute delay and the all-night storm that followed. Or maybe it was Schwarber's leadoff single, Albert Almora Jr.s' heads-up baserunning, Terry Francona's decision to walk Rizzo intentionally and Zobrist's clutch, go-ahead double.
Nah, surely it was the rain.
So let's give thanks to the Great Delay of 2016, the 17 minutes of well-timed rain that led to the meeting that precipitated the rally that provided the happy ending you have waited a lifetime to witness.
That's the Cubs' story, and they're sticking to it.
Now let's eat.