Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What it's like to be a Cub fan




I admit it. I'm a Chicago Cubs fan. Grew up understanding the idea of waiting - as in "Wait til next year" which is what Cubs fans say every season. Next year, they'll go to the series. There's the famous famous Curse. Sam Siannis, who owned the Billy Goat Tavern, was a diehard Cubs Fan. He brought his goat to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, and was denied entry. As he left, he (allegedly) said "There will never be a World Series in Wrigley Field again." The Cubs lost the series to Detroit, and haven't won a World Series since 1908. Nor have they been in the World Series since 1945. Close, but that only counts in horseshoes. In 2003, in the playoffs, the Cubs were about to win the clinching game when a fan (Steve Bartman) grabbed a fly ball in Right Field, and the Cubs went on to lose the game, and the playoffs.

Right now, the Cubs are 39 Wins to 60 Losses. They're in the bottom of the standings. As a Cubs fan, I'm used to disappointments but even this is too much to follow and I'm waiting for next year. But, little things make me happy, and THIS headline is one of them: Zambrano wins 8th straight to defeat Mets.

In a world going to hell in a handbasket, I need to look at the little things in life once in a while.

5 comments:

pissed off patricia said...

I know exactly what you mean. Grab all the happy thoughts you can because the soul needs them.

I was standing outside this morning waiting for my little dog to take care of little dog details, and I was thinking about how peaceful it was at that moment. Then I thought of what the people in Iraq and other war torn areas would give for that moment of peace. Next emotion, guilt. Time to change focus and I did, at least for a bit.

robin andrea said...

I couldn't even come up with a post today. I feel that things are really spiraling out of control in the world. If you can find some pleasure even for a moment, by all means grab it and hold on.

DivaJood said...

POP, it's tough being a Cubs fan. Dogs are easier, because they give back love. I'm just saying.

Robin Andrea, I thought the spider web was a wonderful image.

Helen Wheels said...

Diva,

I had the huge honor of living 2 blocks away from Wrigley Field for TEN years ('86-'96). I went to more games than I can count (or remember... thanks to all that beer). I love the Cubbies and always will. That park is still the most fun place to see a baseball game. I got to watch the '89 playoffs from an apartment window across the street because I couldn't get tickets.

I don't keep up much on sports now, but I wouldn't trade my Cubby years for anything. I sort of miss it (but not the weather).

DivaJood said...

Helen, those apartment windows and rooftop viewing places are amazing. I heard the Wild Hare is gone now. See what happens when the patrons get sober? The bars close.