How Sweet It Is!

Nov 3, 2016 | 2 comments

The Cubs, 12:45 a.m. November 3, 2016

The Cubs, 12:50 a.m. November 3, 2016

I woke up this morning to the news that the Cubs had won!  I wouldn’t say I was ecstatic.  I’m not a baseball fan, haven’t watched a World Series all the way through – ever – and had no vested interest of any kind in either of this year’s teams.  But that early morning news was very satisfying, indeed.  I must confess, I even felt a bit teary about it.

“Why?” I asked myself.  “Why should I care one way or another?”

The best answer that I can come up with has to do with the 108 years since the team’s last win – the longest ‘drought’ in World Series history.  Plus the fact that they were playing the Cleveland Indians who were runners-up drought-wise with 68 years since their last championship in 1948.  That definitely made me think that this time around the scales should tip in favor of the Chicago team.

Chicago Cubs, 1908

Chicago Cubs, 1908

There is no logic at all to my thinking.  For me it’s all about ‘fair’ which, as most of us know, is a grand concept but hasn’t much purchase in real life.  However, I have lots of company when it comes to rooting for the underdog.  It’s the old David-and-Goliath syndrome, I think.  When it looks like the odds are stacked against one side, I invariably root for the other.

And then there was that thing about the Billy goat.  I don’t really believe in curses – although I do have a Voodoo doll from Haiti in my doll collection that I’ve been tempted to engage on various occasions.  But a curse involving a goat!  Pretty intriguing!

From the Chicago Tribune's Online Gallery

From the Chicago Tribune’s Online Gallery

According to Wikipedia:  The Curse of the Billy Goat was a sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball franchise in 1945 by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sainis that lasted in a 71-year period from 1945 to 2016. Because the odor of his pet goat, Murphy, was bothering other fans, Sainis was asked to leave Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ home ballpark, during game 4 of the 1945 World Series.  Outraged, Sainis allegedly declared, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that either the Cubs would never win another National League pennant,  or that they would never again win a World Series.

And, for the record, Wikipedia already has the Cubs’ 2016 win on all of their sites pertaining to the Curse of the Billy Goat, the Chicago Cubs, the World Series, etc.  Who’d a thunk it?

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    It’s the history! I tend to lose interest when the Mariners are out of the season, which is always, but it was very satisfying to see Chicago win!

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  2. Cindi

    I, too, am not a sports fan. I just happened to go to my brother’s house last evening and he had the game on TV. It was the top of the 7th inning, and since the Cubs were up by 2 runs, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to watch. Seeing them have the lead, then seemingly lose it to a tie 6 – 6, have a rain delay, come back in overtime with bases loaded (a Cleveland mistake with 2 intentional walks, I’d say) and watch the incredibly emotional reaction at the final out, was really gratifying. As you say, Sydney, it had a lot to do with rooting for the underdog. I had not watched any of the other World Series games, but this one captured me.

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