Cubs Win, Cubs Win, Cubs Win!

on November 2016 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

Tread carefully as you venture out into the world these days as this is a much different world than existed just a few days ago. You might see pigs fly; don’t let it phase you. You may notice the devil wearing a coat and horn-warmers (no such thing really exists but it should) as hell has frozen over. I am not suggesting this is the “end of days” but it sure feels like it for two reasons. The first is obvious as the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions ending a drought that has lasted 108 years. Secondly, and more importantly and even more unbelievably, is that local fan-favourite and former Toronto Blue Jay, Munenori Kawasaki is now officially a World Champion. “Bush Party!”

The Cubs had the best record in all of baseball this season winning 103 games so it surely wasn’t a fluke that they made it to the World Series. Their opponents were the Cleveland Indians who have their own drought of 58 years weighing on their shoulders. I therefore deemed this as the “There just has to be a winner” World Series. After all, they both couldn’t lose, right? Well technically that’s true even though it may have been questioned as extra innings were delayed due to rain. When Mother Nature doesn’t want a winner, you really start believing these teams are cursed forever. I scratched my head at that time and had to laugh. I think for the first time in the history of the world, two droughts were extended because of, get this… rain.

That’s how crazy this series has been, how crazy this game has been and that’s how incredible this victory was. You just can’t write stuff like this because it really is too unbelievable. Wacky series? How about the Indians losing after leading 3-1 in the same year that the Cavs win the NBA Championship after coming back from being down 3-1. Karma? I wonder if Cleveland fans still find all those 3-1 jokes funny now. Wacky game? How about Cubs Manager Joe Maddon asking his player to bunt with a man on third, only one out and two strikes! Really? That kind of call goes right up there with Pete Carroll deciding not to hand it to Marshawn Lynch to lose the Superbowl. Ridiculous! Incredible victory? This was a whole series of ups and downs that gives grown men heart attacks and baldness. Being down 3-1 the Cubs were about to lose the whole series and you could sense that fans had that “Oh no, here we go again” feeling. Then the first batter of Game 7 hits a home run. Wow! They go out and have leads of 4-1 and 6-3 and fans start believing this really is the Cubs year. Only to have Cleveland come back and hit a game tying home run in the bottom of the 8th. Cubs’ hearts sank as those “here we go again” feelings came out even stronger this time. It was a complete roller coaster of emotions and the eventual victory made all the angst and maybe even the 108 year wait, worthwhile.

Although this was a complete team effort, there is one man that needs to be singled out. Not Ben Zobrist the Series MVP, not possible NL MVP Kris Bryant, not the pitching staff, not Joe Maddon and no, not even Kawasaki although he did have 7 hits in 21 total at-bats for the entire season. The architect of it all is President of Baseball operations Theo Epstein. He should now be known by many names including baseball god, curse killer and (sorry Josh Donaldson and Blue Jay fans) he is the true Bringer of Rain because not only did he build this Cubs team (since 2011 when he first arrived) to end the longest drought in North American sports; he also ended the third longest drought as well. That’s right, Epstein was the GM of the Boston Red Sox when they broke the “curse of the Bambino” and won the World Series in 2004. Mind you that was only an 89 year curse… no big deal right?

Having Bill Murray represent every single Cubs’ fan since 1908 was priceless. Thank you Theo.

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