I begin this blog by providing you with a disclaimer. I speak as an inexperienced and unknowledgeable person when it comes to understanding the “Chicago Cub” mania.
I grew up on the total opposite side of town from Wrigley Field. I don’t consider myself a sports fan. If I watched anything it was basketball (Chicago Bulls with Jordan) and football (85 Chicago bears). But I write as someone that is empathetic that the Cubs are down to Cleveland in the World Series (1 to 3).
My ignorance initially caused me to miss the fact that the Cubs had not been to the World Series since 1945. That’s a very long time to faithfully stand by the Cubs side and not waiver. And what’s interesting to me is that although they went to the World Series, they did not win. That’s got to be a horrible let down to have to endure getting so close but not winning. The Cubs has not won a World Series since 1908 (they also won in 1907). And I can’t help but wonder if that sad fate will happen to this organization yet again.
I watched all of the City of Chicago lighten and brighten up as the economy received a bit of boost, entrepreneurs and organizations busied themselves with promoting the fourth game of the World Series. Stores were flooded with last minute customers grabbing alcohol and food and trying to rush home before the game began at 7 pm.
Dorothy Farrell, a faithful Chicago Cubs fan, “has had the same season ticket seat in the first row at Wrigley Field since 1984”. First of all, I love the fact that she is that devoted. However, I could not help but wonder, how long one can remain loyal to an organization that always fall short of obtaining the final goal?
As Dorothy Farrell threw back 6 or 7 shots of “Jägermeister” withWGN host Pat Tomasulo, I wondered how she would recover if the Cubs do not win the World Series (Tomasulo, 2016)? I’m sure this 90-year-old dedicated fan (yes, 90!) will continue to be faithful to her team, much like the rest of Chicago (and super fans like Bill Murray} that experienced a glimmer of hope. The Cubs still have an opportunity to win three games in a row, but I empathize and wonder how this baseball organization, Chicago, and fans will recover if they lose this World Series? I hope I am wrong, but Cleveland is hungry too. What do you think?
Tomasulo, P. (2016). Retrieved from http://wgntv.com/2016/10/26/wgn-anchor-takes-shots-with-90-year-old-cubs-fan-seen-in-post-nlcs-interview/