Could it really be their year? Is it possible that the longest drought in the history of the 4 major sports could be over? Are we going to witness something so catastrophic that the results could alter history?
I’m not too sure about that last question but if the Chicago Cubs win the World Series it will definitely feel like it. Are there any people still alive when they last won a title back in 1908? (That happened before the Titanic sank). I may be a South Sider’s fan (White Sox), but I would want to see the Cubs to finally have their moment. My first baseball game was at Wrigley Field back in 6th grade. Sammy Sosa was the face of the franchise and Kerry Wood was the young phenom. I remember Glenallen Hill hit a home run to left field. I also remember the Cubs losing that game to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Like it or not and besides the New York Yankees, baseball is better when the Chicago Cubs are winning and playing in October. The Cubs haven’t made the playoffs since Alfonso Soriano was their cornerstone; haven’t won a playoff game since Steve Bartman was the center of attraction; haven’t been to a World Series since World War II; and haven’t won a World Series since the Wright Brothers were taking flight, and Henry Ford was working on his automobile. Just take a moment and let that sink in if you aren’t aware…… (taking a moment)……alright. Witnessing the collapse in 2003 against the Florida (now Miami) Marlins almost made me think that the North Siders were really cursed. One thing I can say throughout the years is that Cubs fans are probably the most loyal fans of all the 4 major sports in this country. Wrigleyville is always packed with rooftop seats, the 7th inning stretch, and their signature ivy covering their back wall of the stadium.
This Cubs team seems to be different. They look hungry. They are playing with an edge. They are playing like they have nothing to lose and that can be dangerous for any of their opponents. When you have players like Anthony Rizzo (31 HR, 101 RBIs), Kris Bryant (26 HR, 99 RBIs), Jon Lester (11-12, 3.34 ERA, 207 Strikeouts), and CY Young candidate Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA, 236 Strikeouts), you see why they are a threat. After clinching a wild card spot and putting away the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs find themselves down 1-0 the NLDS to their bitter rivals St. Louis Cardinals. The series is far from over, and throughout the years we found out the game is not over until the final out. Will the Cubs continue the same cycle that has lasted for generations or will the scene from the movie “Back to the Future II” come true?