Ode to Chicago’s Cubs


For as long as I can remember, the Chicago Cubs have been icons of futility; they always seem to find a way to lose. I’ve heard legends and myths created by sorely disappointed fans to explain this tragic proclivity in tales of goats denied access and black cats dancing around the on deck circle in New York. Oh yes, there has sprung up quite a great folk lore amongst those fans who always describe themselves as “die hard”.

Ever since I moved to Illinois some 12 years past, I’ve encountered them, futility’s fanatics, those who cling to hopes of next year while acknowledging their secret fear that a curse hangs over their beloved team. Even the Cubs organization seemed to market their team as lovable losers…

Oh yes, there was good reason for this: The Chicago Cubs last won a championship in 1908.

This year, 2016 those lovable losers made their way to the World Series for the first time since 1945… could the impossible dream of Cubs fans finally come true?

Living here in Illinois, I know many of these poor souls I’m married to one in fact, and even as recently as last Sunday, a mere few days ago, I couldn’t find a single one who actually thought their Cubs could pull it off. Of course, their opponents the Cleveland Indians had a commanding 3-1 lead in the Series needing only one more win to reach their illusive dream of winning it all.

Isn’t it ironic that when Chicago’s Cubs finally reached the season’s climax they faced the other team in the Major Leagues that is cloaked in the curious mystique of loserdom…

And then it happened…

The Cubs remained alive Sunday night, and again Tuesday night forcing a decisive Game 7… winner takes the prize.

It was a heroic contest. Back and forth it went, possibly the most exciting Game 7 ever, it actually went extra innings. The contest was very much in doubt right up to the very last pitch…

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7.

These are the days of which generations of Cubs fans yet unborn will sing songs of glory and praise. They will sing in their huts, they will sing in their villages across the plains and they will sing around their campfires. They will drink strong drinks, eat roasted meats and sugar plums as they recall the glory of the day when both the curse of the goat and the curse of the cat were finally broken, and their beloved Cubs returned to the ranks of champions.

O happy day, for at long last, Mighty Casey did not strike out!

(I wonder: Has anyone checked to see if the temperature in hell is dropping?)

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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18 Responses to Ode to Chicago’s Cubs

  1. GP Cox says:

    I’m a Red Sox fan, but I had to root for the Cubs !! I admire their fans’ loyalty.

  2. robsblogname says:

    This is hilarious!

  3. Tom says:

    Don, a Dodger$ fan? I’ll be praying for you. Glad to see the Cubs finally won. But I have some special memories of the Cubbies and their foiled attempts at a championship. I’ve been a Padres fan since 1970, a year after the franchise began. Sure it’s been a rough ride but in 1984 the Padres finally made it to the NLCS against the vaunted Cubs. Nobody thought they had a chance and all the Cubs fans at my workplace let me know about it. Oh, they were all lathered up after jumping ahead two games to zero in the 5-game series. But the Padres took the last three games. Those three games were as sweet as any World Series.

  4. Woo hoo! I am one of those Chicagoans, born and bred, of which you write. Here is my take on the Cubs’ win, from my blog matterofprayer.wordpress.com. Unabashed Prayers—for the Cubs #matterofprayer #GoCubsGo http://wp.me/p43g3i-L0

  5. Mel Wild says:

    I’ve been a loyal but dispassionate Cubs fan most of my life (you have to be dispassionate in order to keep your sanity). My wife was born on the north side of Chicago and I think it’s in her DNA. I remember her grandpa watching the Cubs on WGN in his flat in the city, day in and day out, over the years before he died without ever seeing them win it all..
    I don’t what to say about this win. It’s still sinking in. But I think there’s a crack in the time-space continuum now. Not sure what this will mean for life as we know it. 🙂

  6. I am a ” die-hard” Cubs fan who spent 48yrs living in Chicago. I moved to LA & watched 2 out 3 of the playoff games at Dodger’s stadium. Weird to think at my new home venue, I will always be a vistor when the Cubs are in town.

  7. Liz says:

    Nice post. Love the Cubbies! Always have. And though I am mostly a Cubs fan, I am happy when ANY Chicago team brings home the victory. It was really nice to see these games being played for the love of the game and not as a bitter rivalry. God bless!

  8. Steve B says:

    It is a sign that anything is possible

  9. The temperature in hell remains higher than any measurable thermostat 😂 well done cubbies. Nice try indians. Ur moment in the sun will come again. Proof of miracles is that God continues to allow us to breathe another day 😃

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