Dear Baseball Fans,
It’s happening. The sport’s perpetual underdog could actually take it all: The Chicago Cubs are in the running to compete to win the World Series. And with 103 wins in the regular season, they’re one of the frontrunners for the title.
To anyone who doesn’t quite understand why this is surprising, let me remind you: This is the CUBS we’re talking about. This team has been the laughingstock of baseball since long before most of us were even born. As someone born and raised in Chicago, you can believe me when I say that this truly is a Cinderella story 100 years in the making.
The last time the Cubs won a World Series was in 1908. In case you’re unaware, that’s before World War I. It’s the year Ford’s Model T debuted. For crying out loud, MARK TWAIN was still alive.
They didn’t compete in another World Series until 1945, where they were cursed by a fan who was kicked out of Wrigley Field because he brought along his smelly pet goat. (I’m still curious as to why he thought this was a good idea.) Thus, the Curse of the Billy Goat was born, forbidding the Cubs from winning a World Series ever again.
It has plagued the Cubs (and their fans) for more than half a century. It turned the team into a national joke, and Chicago came to expect their beloved Cubbies to lose.
While the Cubs have been the punchline of jokes for years (ahem, see above), this year they might just prove everyone wrong. The eternal underdog of baseball must break the Curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series. Will the Cubs rise to the challenge and fly the ultimate ‘W’? Only time will tell. Now, that sounds like a comic strip I want to read.
— A Lifelong Chicago Cubs Fan