Last night the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series. They are the champions of Major League Baseball for the first time in 108 years. They weren’t even playing in Wrigley Field the last time they won the World Series.
Over the years they called themselves the “lovable losers”. They actually marketed the stadium more than they did the team. There were a few close calls since their last winning season. In 1945 they lost game seven to the Detroit Tigers. They were in the running in the 1990s but lost in the playoffs.
There was the Bartman Game when a fan was accused of “interfering” with a foul ball in game 6 of the playoffs against the Florida Marlins. The fans said that cost the team a chance at the World Series that year. But, then they also lost game 7 the next night. So, they still could have won, but choked.
Ever since 1945 the reason the Cubs had not won a World Series was because of that stupid “goat curse”. Of course the curse didn’t explain the nearly 40 years of futility before 1945.
As I have written before, I was hoping the Cubs would win even though I am a die-hard White Sox fan. But since the city has another team in a different league, I would rather see them win it all than another team.
The Series was actually played very well. The complete series was actually exciting. Last night’s game was just like the rest of the series. Neither team was willing to quit. Cleveland took a 3-1 Series lead only to watch the Cubs win two in a row to force a game seven.
Last night, the Cubs took a 5-1 lead and everything seemed to be going their way. Cleveland didn’t quit and managed to tie the game in the eighth inning. After the ninth there was a short rain delay.
That seemed to give the Cubs the edge. They quickly scored two runs to take the lead in the 10th. The Indians did get a run in the bottom of the 10th, but the Cubs hung on and won the game and the Series.
As the game and the series for that matter unfolded, I was confounded by some of the moves the managers made. Especially Joe Madden. At one point last night I wondered if he was trying to lose the game with some of his “quick hooks” of his pitchers.
I did not understand the move he made to take out Lester. One infield single with two outs and he pulls the plug on him. It also resulted in the game getting tied up. That was almost as puzzling as his removing his starting pitcher so early too.
But, the players rallied and took the game despite Madden’s poor moves. That just shows me those young players didn’t care about much except winning. They rallied and pulled it out.
There are two reasons I am glad the series is over. First, the Cubs finally won the Series and I won’t have to listen to that damned “goat curse” as an excuse anymore. If you are from Chicago, you probably understand what I mean.
The second reason is I don’t have to listen to Joe Buck anymore. Joe Buck is probably the worst sports announcer in history. His droll ramblings are almost too much to listen to for more than 2 minutes. I sometimes wonder what game he is actually watching.
His calls do not match what is happening on the field. He tries to make everything “exciting” like yelling “there is a smash down to third” when it was actually a lazy ground ball that is easily handled.
There were too many times when I muted the sound on my television just so I didn’t have to listen to that clown for long. The odd thing is I lived in St. Louis in the 1980s. His father Jack Buck was the announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jack was knowledgable about the game and was an excellent announcer. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach his son the game. Joe Buck is a perfect example of someone getting a national gig based on his family name and not his talent.
Anyway, I don’t have to listen to him for at least another season. Before you remind me he does football, too that is okay, I don’t watch football anymore. So, you can suffer through Buck during football. I don’t have to.
Even with Buck trying to ruin it, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs gave us a very entertaining series. If you are a die-hard fan of either team, I am sure you had some very nervous times during each game.
The Cleveland Indians have nothing to hang their heads about. They fought hard but came up against a group of young players just a bit hungrier than they were. Although I am sure we will hear about them “choking” since they had a 3-1 lead in the series. They didn’t choke. They fought hard and came up short.
Congratulations to the Cubs. I will have to listen to a year of bragging and boasting from Cubs fans for the next year, but I won’t have to listen to that damned “goat curse” anymore. For their sake I hope the players and team remain competitive for a while. If not, the punky Cubs fans will turn on them and look for another “curse” to blame.
But, this year the Chicago Cubs are the World Series Champions for first time in 108 years. That might even get atheists to believe in miracles. At least for one year.
Opening day is only 5 months away.