Cubs no longer ‘Loveable Losers’

SPORTSBEAT
Greg Ceilley • REVIEW SPORTS EDITOR

The Chicago Cubs are playing in the World Series. It’s not a dream. The Cubs are actually in the World Series.

Being a longtime Cub fan, I was overjoyed when they won the National League pennant, ending an unbelievable 70-year drought without a World Series appearance.

The Cubs earning a berth in the Series for the first time since 1945 is a wonderful reward for long-suffering, very loyal fans, many who have supported this organization through many lean years. I got tired of hearing the Cubs being called “The Loveable Losers,” as I’m sure many other fans of this team were. Optimistic Cub fans everywhere would often say, “There’s always next year,” after another losing season or a failure in the playoffs.

I sure wish my dad, Ed, and older brother, Paul, were alive to share the Cubs’ World Series appearance with me and and many of their loved ones who are Cub fans. Dad and Paul were huge Cub fans. I’m sure they are smiling down on the Cubs from above.

I have many fond memories of when dad would take his family to Cub games at Wrigley Field. My dad was a Cub fan since he was in grade school and was 14 when the Cubs played in the 1945 World Series.

Making the World Series this year erases the bad memories of when the Cubs blew it in the 1984 N.L. playoffs and the 2003 N.L. Championship Series. Sure, it would be great if the Cubs ended their 107- year World Series title drought this season but if they don’t, their fans shouldn’t despair.

The Cubs have a very bright future with a young team, led by such stars as third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez, and should be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

The fascinating aspect of this World Series is that the Cleveland Indians also hope to snap a long dry spell, having not won it since 1948. The Indians also have a young ballclub which should be a playoff contender for several years.

Cleveland has had an impressive postseason run thus far, rolling through the American League playoffs. The Indians are looking like they will give Chicago all it can handle in the World Series and are off to a strong start with Tuesday night’s 6-0 win in Game 1.


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