Today’s submission is from one of our bloggers, Kerrell Goolsby. Enjoy.
They’ve been known as the lovable losers. They haven’t won the World Series since William Howard Taft was in the White House and haven’t been to the World Series since Harry Truman was there. The closest they’ve come to postseason play in most of our lifetimes was in 2003, when Bartman got in the way.
Yes, I’m speaking of the residents that live on the corner of Waveland and Sheffield. The Chicago Cubs.
Cursed by billy goats, black cats and an overzealous fan that wanted a foul ball, the Cubs have yet to see light at the end of the tunnel and when they think they have, they’ve been hit harder than Wile Coyote getting hit by the CTA Red Line. If it weren’t for bad luck, they would have no luck at all. They haven’t seen the .500 mark in quite some time and the team has gone through three changes in managers and with Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster perhaps on the trading block, things are not looking good for the guys on the North Side of town.
Even with the Cubs getting the services of Theo Epstien from Boston last year to give the team new leadership, the Cubs have flopped in the National League Central like a gangster getting shot by Al Capone. Right now, not even House could save this team. Harry Caray is spinning in his grave right now if he hasn’t already.
Although they won today over Houston today 4-0 at the Friendly Confines, they’re still stuck in last place. It’s sad that a team with this much talent has been playing this badly. I wouldn’t be suprised if fans on the South Side of town have looked down their noses on them and for good reason.
Wrigley Field is an easy place to get to if you’re coming off the Red Line and you get off at the Addison Station and walk one block. You can’t miss it, even if you wanted to. They may not make the playoffs again this year, even though they’re 15 games out when play started today and they could pass Houston, who aren’t that good. It’s the other three bodies in the Central they have to crawl over (Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and St. Louis) to get to the division leading Reds if they want to join the post-season party.
Cubs fans have to be the most patient human beings on the face of God’s Earth. Even those fans that sit in the Cubby Bear after each game and drown their sorrows in Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (which absolutely rocks!) and Rheingold Beer hope that this could be the year they make it to the World Series and win it.
Steve Stone, the Cubs color man on WGN, was asked by a fan one winter, “How long do you think it will be before the Cubs win a World Series?” Stone, who pitched for the Cubs in the latter part of his career, responded, “How long do you plan on living?”
Right now, the Cubs are on life support. Let’s hope they don’t pull the plug in my lifetime.
By - Kerrell Goolsby
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