The Chicago Cubs, breaking a 108 year drought, have won the World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians in the seventh game of the Series, eight to seven. The two teams were evenly matched, with the Cubs managing the very difficult feat of winning the final three games of the Series. In the world to come I suspect Billy Sianis and his goat Murphy are not too unhappy at this turn of events. Go here to read about them. Since the Brexit in Britain vote I have been saying that 2016 is an unusual year, and, as any resident of the state of Illinois would agree, any year in which the Cubs win the World Series is a highly odd year indeed!
On a personal note, my late father, like his father before him, was a Cardinals fan. My late grandfather, Ray McClarey, was born in 1908, the last time the Cubs won the Series. I did not inherit their appreciation of the game. If there are televisions in Purgatory or in Heaven, I imagine they were among those cheering on the Cubs in the next world to victory. God bless them, and God bless all those who can see the art and passion in a well played, and hard fought, athletic contest.
Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States when the Cubs last won the World Series on October 14, 1908, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-0. Just barely within human memory, about one hundred Americans are still alive now who were alive then. It was the second World Series win for the Cubs, their first being the year before in 1907. Why the Cubs have had this championship drought, other than bad ball playing, has been a matter of much speculation. The most popular explanation is the Curse of the Billy Goat.
In 1945 Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, was attending game four of the World Series being held in Wrigley Field, once again the Chicago Cubs facing the Detroit Tigers. This being Chicago where odd characters are as common as blustery politicians, he brought his pet goat Murphy with him to the game. Other patrons complained that the goat stank. Sianis was thrown out. As he was leaving Sianis was heard to say,“Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!”.
When the Cubs lost the series, Sianis sent a telegram to P.K. Wrigley, the owner of the Cubs: “Who stinks now?” Continue reading
There are six teams in the NL Central, and we’re just about at opening day, so I’m going just going to give thumbnail sketches for this division. The Central is another tough division to forecast with three teams that seem capable of playing into October. So who will win it all?