World Series - Chicago Cubs Fan
Posted: October 28, 2016
When the World Series opened Tuesday night in Cleveland, OH, fans will see something that has been not been seen in 71 years-The Chicago Cubs. The last time the Cubs played in the World Series was in 1945, when gas was 21 cents per gallon, disposable diapers were not invented, and deordorant was a wild new product. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I have often told the story about my neighbor Barney Weismantel, who was a former tailor at the Great Lakes Naval Base.
I grew up in Lake Villa, IL, and have been a Cubs fan for years. The White Sox, on the other hand, have been the hated rival. In 2005 when the Sox played the Houston Astros in the World Series, it was suggested that I write a column about that story. But I couldn't do it.
People don't understand that most of us were raised to root for two teams: The Chicago Cubs and whoever was playing the White Sox. I really didn't want the White Sox to lose, but it was easier to just follow a few commendable Buddhists who follow the path of oneness and enlightenment, there remains a deep an insurmountable chasm in most of us. Honestly, we are not real fond of one another.
I know that there have been curses on the Cubs for years. In fact, Billy Goat Tavern Owner Sam Sianis tried to lift the curse after bringing out his goat, named Murphy, at Wrigley Field in 1945. The story goes that Sam went to the owner and told his friends that fans complained because he was asked to leave the game and that the owner P.K. Wrigley told him that his goat and pet smelled. There is something to be said about perservance.
Hopefully, if you had a sense come all the way from the dashed hopes of 1969, when a black cat cursed the Cubs, you might be anxious too. But I doubt that the Cubs will lose this World Series. After all, it's been since 1945.
I will be holding a party in my house the night that the Cubs clinch the World Series. I won't be bringing any goats superstition. But I call it insurance. To paraphrase Billy Sianis, "A'int no goat gonna stop the Cubs no more."