Sep. 26, 2016
Four More Wins
The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series.
To a typical sports fan, this is something that seems unrealistic, although very exciting and they look forward to seeing if the Cubs can end their 108 years of misery.
To Chicago natives and Cubs fans around the world, it means something totally different.
As an avid Cubs fan and someone that was born in the northern Chicagoland suburbs, two thoughts came to my mind as I watched Aroldis Chapman draw the National League Championship Series ending double-play.
The first was amazement; I could not believe the Cubs actually pulled it off. I knew we had huge expectations coming into the season, and I knew that we had jumped out to one of the fastest starts (25-6) in baseball history, but it all meant nothing until we actually played the games in October.
The second thought that came to my mind was one that echoed many longtime Cubs fans: “Man, I wish _____ was alive to see this.”
The Cubs are so ingrained in Chicago culture, that many current fans grew up watching their parents or grandparents agonize, season after season, over the team’s inability to put competitive players on the field.
Personally, I felt this way about my great grandmother. She was probably the biggest Cubs fan in the city. She used to watch all 162 games on WGN, had a Cubs scarf that she knit herself when she was a little girl and constantly reminded my mother and I that one day she would see the Cubs win a World Series.
This story is not unlike many others; Fans waiting their whole lives to see the Cubs do what they are doing right now.
My great grandmother unfortunately passed away 10 years ago. I know she would be jubilant if she were alive to see this moment.
This moment is so transcending in Cubs history, I even wonder why I deserved this. It’s been 71 years since the Cubs have been in the World Series and 108 years since they have won it. Why now, in 2016, do the fans of this era deserve to witness World Series games played in the friendly confines versus the generations before us?
Regardless, I know the city is not taking this lightly. You can expect ticket prices to be soaring. At the moment, standing room tickets are well over $2,500. Tickets can be expected to go for well over $30,000 for closer seats.
Of course, people will pay it. It is the Cubs after all, and this is history in the making. Money is irrelevant when you can tell your kids and grandkids that you were able to be in Wrigley Field, one of the nation's most iconic ballparks, for the Cubs first World Series games in 71 years.
These are once in a lifetime-type occurrences. and I am grateful that the baseball gods have bestowed this awesome event on our city.
As the Cubs begin the series this Tuesday, you can expect millions of people to be watching. This will definitely be the highest viewed World Series in a long time. Maybe ever.
When the Chicago Blackhawks won their first of three Stanley Cups this past half decade or so, average attendance at the championship parade was around six million people. If the city can bring in six million people for the fourth most popular sport in the country, can you imagine how many people would come for a Cubs parade? There could very well be 15 million people coming into the city from all over the country, and the world.
The Cubs are not only a national icon, but an international one as well. Whenever I interact with international tourists in the city, there are two things I typically hear from them. The first is, “Where is the deep dish?” The second is, “Do the Cubs play today?”
Despite being the lovable losers, people from all over the world can identify the Cubs and the city of Chicago.
Regardless of what happens this next week, I am proud of the 2016 Chicago Cubs for everything they were able to accomplish. A team overflowing with talented youth and led by a few savvy veterans, the Cubs cruised to a Major League-best 103-58.
What’s even more impressive than their record is their ability to ignore the hype and pressure that was inevitably building towards the later parts of the season. More-so, they were able to zone out the media and even their fans in winning two tough series against two incredibly talented California teams.
All that remains is another Midwestern team from the great state of Ohio. A team that, although devastated with injuries heading into the playoffs, has still managed a 7-1 record this postseason.
I believe I can speak for both myself and the rest of the Cubs fans both in the city of Chicago and throughout the world when I say, just four more wins to go.