You don’t have to be a baseball fan to know that it’s been 108 years since the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series. It is also common knowledge that it’s been 71 years since the Cubs have even made it to baseball’s biggest game. You can blame silly curses and this and that, but whatever the reason was, this year, they made it. For those of us who are Cubs fans, this is the biggest thing ever! Of course it happens after I leave Chicago, but at least it happened.
The talk last night among Cubs fans was about all of those generations of fans who hoped year after year to see the their team win it all, but they didn’t and those fans are no longer with us and will not be seeing this historic moment. The talk was about the great players who have come and gone over the years, Hall of Fame inductees like Ron Santo and Ernie Banks who never got to play in the World Series wearing a Cubs uniform. I was reminded of my grandfather who is no longer with us. He once told me a story about how during 1945 while in the Navy and stationed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, him and several other men who were from Chicago got up in the early hours of the morning while it was evening in Chicago. They were exhausted from battle but hoped that the Cubs would be champions, but they came up short. This has been the disappointment of Cubs fans forever, but the year is finally here.
We all knew that magic was in the air when Tom Ricketts bought the Cubs and hired Theo Epstein as president of operations and Joe Maddon as the team’s manager, not to mention the fact that the team is made up of the most talented young players in the league. Epstein crafted the team in Boston that won the World Series and ended their drought. Joe Maddon crafted a young team in Tampa Bay to be champions, we just knew that our dream was around the corner. It is true that if you’re not a Cubs fan, you don’t understand.
It’s not over yet, the Cubs still have more four more wins to get and the Cleveland Indians are a very good team and I suspect that they will give the Cubs a run for their money. But we’ve come this far, and we’ve waited this long, and we know that this is our year. Along with the rest of my fellow Cubs fans all over the country and perhaps the world, we hope to see that W flag flying high over Wrigley as the World Series trophy travels the streets of Chicago. GO CUBS GO!