One Last Time

Let my ashes blow in a beautiful snow / From the prevailing 30 mile an hour southwest wind / When my last remains go flying over the left-field wall.

– Steve Goodman

After 108 years, the world can finally say these words:

The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions!

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Steve Goodman, a lifelong native of Chicago, wrote this great song in 1984 as a follow up to an earlier song of his “A Dying Cubs Fan Final Request”, meant to be a more uplifting song and to serve as the official song of the Chicago Cubs. He died six months after penning it (September, final month of the season) and it now serves as a lasting memory of his love for the city of Chicago and the Cubbies.

Now that the Cubs are World Series champions, what’s next in store for this lovable team? Keep winning I suppose and really make these rare celebrations a tradition. The parade today throughout Wrigleyville and beyond was sensational and really well put on. For the first time in 108 years, the North side of Chicago got to see their team celebrate and up close and personal, just like the White Sox did back in 2005 when they broke their 87 year drought. Back then, way back then, fans would have came to the parade in stagecoaches or on horses, sloshing through muddy grounds, fighting to get a good view of the hometown heroes.

A city was revitalized today. A fanbase uplifted. It is the dawning of a new era for the Chicago Cubs and everyone can thank Theo Epstein for building the team, getting the players, and getting them out of the dark days that was pre-2009 before the Ricketts family took over. There are truly great days to come but of course planning ahead is always necessary to ensure that the team stays successful, because to tell you the truth, Cubs nation is not used to being on top for so long and it would only be natural for them to fall back down and be humble again as they have learned to be for so many years. But there is no Curse to blame for losing anymore – only theirselves. All of that stuff from the past is history. Baseball is a truly pure game now that all of the hoaxes, jinxes, curses, and other foolish stuff has been erased.

I can proudly say that I am now a Cubs fan for life after the remarkable, magical season they had this year. I am glad I got to see one of my favorite teams, basically almost everyone’s favorite, win a championship at the age of 25. I now have a long life to live to see maybe more championships and more great stories. I am part of the new generation and am quite lucky to say that I got to witness history while so many before me lived and died waiting and waiting.

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#FlyTheW

The Cubs have won the pennant! The Cubs have won the pennant!

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The echo from the Cubs last World Series trip in 1945 finally was increased to a full on boom of cheering and ovation as the lovable team from the North Side shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 last night. It almost seemed too easy, save for a few bobbles of the ball to Cubs infielders and a late base hit in the ninth that immediately raised suspicions of the Curse of the Billy Goat rearing its ugly head again. But tonight was an entirely different story. The Cubbies were a team of destiny, as they had been all season long and through the playoffs. They were meant to win this time and not come up short again as they had done for the last 71 years.

My prediction in one of my previous posts is halfway correct.

There is now only one more thing to do: get four more wins and really shock the world and hope something devastating doesn’t happen. Because breaking a 108 year drought is not for the faint of heart. There are 108 more outs to go for the Cubs to win their first World Series since 1908. Eight of course goes into four, the number of wins they need. Eight divided by four equals two, the number of championships the Cubs have. The eights seem to be a pattern here. The Cubs were six outs away in the eighth inning of the 2003 NLCS up 3-0 before their dreams went down the long drophill of the Bartman coaster and the Marlins scored eight runs, forcing a Game 7 and winning that to go to the World Series. 2003 is irrelevant now of course now that the Cubs have finally broken through But Steve Bartman is a permanent part of Chicago Cubs history. If he came out during a World Series game next week, he would probably get the loudest applause Wrigley Field can manage (including the rooftops that act as an extension).

So they are in the 2016 World Series. Well, that is quite an accomplishment that was over 70 years in the making. If the ivy walls could speak, they’d tell us of the heartbreaks and disappointments over the years. The ivy wasn’t even on the wall at Wrigley back in 1908, being added in 1937.

It’s going to be the Chicago Cubs vs. the Cleveland Indians, two teams from two Midwest states separated by Indiana, so the traveling is going to be very short and straight forward.

The story is simple. The Indians haven’t won since 1948 and the Cubs haven’t won since 1908. One franchise’s drought is going to be snapped while the other will live on for God knows how long.

The epic 2 hour movie of the Chicago Cubs 108 year struggle will end fittingly if the Cubs win the World Series. If it ends in disappointment, well, there’s always next year as Cubs fans say.

May the best team win and let’s play ball!

This Is Our Year

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The Cubs are going to win, you bet your lucky stars
The Curse is going to die this year, the most ridiculous thing by far
All these years they’ve been dreamin’ only to come up short
Now Chicago’s north side will endlessly celebrate, sadness is no more
The Billy Goat force thought it could win again
But the true talent of the Cubs would not give in

And guess what? They did win!

Youth Pastime

That’s a funny word. Pastime. I always thought it should be two words. Pass time as in something you do to pass the time. Baseball is still called America’s pastime though it has started to die out in favor of faster sports and activities.

One of the favorite things about being a kid in the old days was going out and throwing a baseball. Now in the 2010s decade, that activity isn’t so prominent anymore with all the techno gadgets floating around, which I don’t mind because it makes life more interesting.

This video is from a baseball game from last year that we went to. The home team won 6-0. I went to my first baseball game at six years old at the old Tiger Stadium, which is now likely to inhabit actual live tigers (and other wildlife) because it is so neglected.

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