Why did ESPN.com do it? They headlined the Chicago Cubs with “Catch Them If You Can”!
I can feel another jinx in the works. Somebody is going to show up with a goat at Wrigley and be refused a seat as in 1945. Or, there will be another Bartman.
But “catch them if you can”….give me a break. It is better to be silent like we are waiting out a no hitter by not talking to the pitcher and letting him sit alone in the corner so that we don’t disturb the forces in the universe.
“Catch them if you can”? These are the Chicago Cubs. They know how to blow a lead.
Today they are 75-47 with a 5.5 game lead over the Brewers, but on August 16 of 1969 they were 75-44 with a nine game lead…and all Cubs fans know what happened next. They lost it. They finished the season with a September record of 9-19 while the “Amazin’ Mets” went 23-7. The Mets finished eight games ahead of the Cubs in their division! The Mets went to the series instead of the Cubs after sweeping the Braves in the playoff round (just like the Cubs just sweept the Braves this week!).
By the way, Lou Pinnella–now manager of the Cubs–won Rookie of the Year in 1969! Is that an omen or what?
I remember the Cubs collapse like it was yesterday. I was a tender-aged twelve years old when the baseball “gods” broke my young heart that year.
Am I excited this year? I’m trying not to be. I don’t want to set myself up for a fall. Low expectations may receive great reward but high expectations bring tragic disappointments.
But it is hard not to be excited, especially when the Cubs keep winning and in dramatic fashion….like a three run homer in the ninth last night against Florida to extend their road winning streak to nine games. It is the longest streak since they were last in the World Series in 1945.
Ok…I’m excited; I’m ready for a Cubs World Series at least once in my lifetime, and God surely has sufficient grace to give Cubs fans a World Series win every 100 years, right? We can only hope as we Cubs fans have been doing since 1945 (their last appearance) and 1908 (their last Series victory).
We may feed on the lamentable antics of the Chicago Cubs for the past 100 years, but everyone has to give us Cubs fans at least one credit — we may be misguided, but at least we are loyal!
Hey, the Cubs have won more games than any other franchise in history except the San Francisco (New York) Giants…over 10,000! But, alas, no World Series since 1908.
So, I give my voice to the cry that pleads for at least one World Series victory every 100 years.