Usually by the time October rolls around, I stop being a
baseball fan and start focusing more on football.
Whether it is rooting for our Rams or the Denver Broncos, or
hoping that the Colorado Buffaloes and Oakland Raiders lose,
football highlights the sports schedule.
But this year is different because the Chicago Cubs are in the
playoffs. Not that I don’t love drinking Bloody Mary’s and watching
the Broncos add on to their undefeated record, but the Blue and
Orange are part of a Sunday ritual that can’t carry over for a
whole week. And as far as the Rams go, the feeling that came about
after two depressing losses in a row cannot be cured with
overanalyzing or finger pointing. So while we continue to devote
our weekends to football, baseball can fill in the rest of the
For the first time since I was six years old, the Cubs won their
division and are giving me a reason to hope.
I remember when they made to the playoffs in 1998, but a quick
three-game sweep by Atlanta ended their run before I could even get
excited about it happening.
This time it is different because the Cubs actually have a
pitching staff that knows how to throw the ball.
Kerry Wood and Mark Prior finished first and second respectively
in strikeouts in the majors for a combined total of 511. The
starting pitching rotation averages just over 25 years in age, but
can shut teams down offensively as they did in game one of the
Division Series against the Braves.
The victory over Atlanta was the Chicago’s first playoff win on
the road since 1945 and has made me think that the Cubbies might
actually have a chance this year.
No one expected it and most Cubs fans still can’t believe it,
but maybe patience and persistence wins in the end. Maybe it’s
true, if you wait around long enough, good things are bound to
happen. The last time the Cubs won a World Series was in 1908 and
their history is full of last place finishes and being the laughing
stock of baseball.
Being a Cubs fan has not always been easy, but maybe this year
it will finally payoff. The chances of them making it to the World
Series are slim and I would just be happy if they beat the Braves,
but at least it is fun to be a fan again.