A Die-Hard Chicago Cubs Fan
Posted: October 16, 2015
I am not sure what to do with myself. It's mid-October and the Chicago Cubs are still playing baseball. I have been a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan since I was five years old. To have my favorite baseball team playing into October is like heaven. Plus, the fact that the Cubbies knocked off the St. Louis Cardinals in a five-game series this week makes it even more pleasurable.
I remember my neighbor, Barney Weismantel, while growing up in Lake Villa, IL. He would usually open the windows on a hot summer day. Barney was a little hard of hearing so he would turn up the television louder than normal, which was perfect for me because I could play wiffle ball with my neighborhood friend on the sidewalk and still listen to the game. Those were the days when Jack Brickhouse used to be the television announcer and would yell out "hey, hey" anytime the Cubs hit a home run. I never had to go back into the house to watch the replay because I could hear Barney echoing the Brickhouse chant.
The Chicago Cubs, which have not won a world series since 1908, and last appeared in the world series in 1945, supposedly have been cursed. Stories about black cats and billy goats are part of the fabled myth. I have never been one to be superstitious, but when a team is futile for so long, one starts to wonder.
I have been to Wrigley Field, the friendly confines, at least 50 times. I can't imagine what it was like to be at Tuesday night's game when the Cubs clinched their first post-season series win - while at home.
This year's Chicago Cubs, which has been managed by Joe Maddon and generally managed by Theo Epstein, is a younger version of what the past has offered. The Cubs are collectively a young team, with players like Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, (who should be the National League Rookie of the Year) Anthony Rizzo, (the elder statesman at the age of 26) Dexter Fowler, Starlin Castro and Javier Baez.
Then, we add Jake Arrieta, the starting pitcher who likely had one of the best second-halves of the season in baseball history.
The Cubs next face the winners of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets series. It might not last much longer, but I am going to enjoy it while I can.
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