Something most of us hadn’t seen in our lifetimes: the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series! They beat the Dodgers 5-0 tonight to wrap up the NLCS, 4 games to two.
BSP was not always a big fan of the Cubs. Especially the supposedly loyal Cubs fan. We go back to the infamous Lee Elia “85% are employed and 15% come out and boo my team” rant:
It was true. For decades, the Cubs didn’t give a crap about winning. It was all about filling that stupid ball park, getting drunk with the broadcaster, worshipping bad baseball and calling it “tradition.” Specifically, the “Throw it back” nonsense if you were fortunate enough to catch a home run ball by a major league player. BSP always hoped record breaking homers were caught by a Wrigley Field crowd so yes, they would throw it back or get beat half to death by a bunch of drunks while trying to escape with it.
This Cubs team is different. Led by manager Joe Maddon, this Cubs team was determined to win. Yes, the new era Cubs were trying to win instead of running things on a shoestring budget in front of a bunch of drunks and a bellowing drunken broadcaster. With solid pitching, a strong everyday lineup and Chapman out of the bullpen, these Cubs deserve kudos. Theo Epstein is now a certified genius, as if he weren’t already. They are the National League champions for the first time in 71 years.
One thing for sure, someone who hasn’t won in a long time is going to carry home the World Series title. 1908 vs 1948, even though Cleveland should have won in 1997. It’s good to see someone new.