As most of America tunes in to see the Chicago Cubs face the San Francisco Giants in what is the first game of the postseason in the National League TONIGHT, there will be a ton of emotions and long-standing dreams coming to life. For a team that has not been in the World Series in 71 years (1945) and has not won the crown in 108 years (1908), futility has become a part of life to the legions and generations of what were known for far too long as the “lovable losers.”
On the same field where they notched a club record 57 home wins this season en route to a Central Division title and 103 victories and a 17 ½ game spread over their longtime rival St Louis Cardinals, it will be a clean slate in the best-of-five showdown with a team that has been on an even year pattern of World Series championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The statistician may look at 2016 as the next installment for the Giants… but these Cubs may have something to say about that.
Having amassed the best record in all of Major League Baseball and an attitude that defies the so-called curse and previous misfortunes of past Cubs teams, the skipper Joe Maddon has preached a steady diet of not ever letting the pressure exceed the pleasure while playing a child’s game. The names of today… Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell and the remainder of the pinstriped roster never tasted the likes of what has left the Cubs Nation thirsting for that, which has never presented itself in their lifetime and well beyond. They know they are good… but now, is the time to prove it.
We used to joke that the motto of any given season was that they were “out to prove that 1908 was not a fluke!”
Can they win 11 more games? Sure. Will they? Only time will tell. This time next week, we’ll know what happened in this opening series. The first team to 3 wins moves on… the other team goes home. Good luck and go play your best boys and we’ll be cheering for you on every pitch… but first… there’s a little musical business to take care of before the fun begins. I am so honored to sing our National Anthem tonight in the Friendly Confines of beautiful Wrigley Field. One step closer to my own dream.
Let’s Go Cubs! Fly the W