This year, everybody should be a Chicago Cubs fan. This year. Why? Because it’s their year. This is the Cubbies year. It’s their time and it’s their turn. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever scratched and scraped and clawed and gnawed your way to the tip of the top and said, “this is MY Time!?” I have, and so have these Cubs.
The Cubs have come close before; most recently last year and in 2003, when they thought they had what it takes to win it all. But that was then, and this is now. Now is this year, and this year the Cubs won 103 games in the regular season. They defeated the San Francisco Giants, and then came back from a 1-2 deficit to defeat the Dodgers 4-2. And they’re not satisfied with just getting to the World Series. And I don’t blame them. And so I’m happy for them.
The Cubs deeply desire to win, they are determined to win, and they deserve to win. They do. They have earned it and paid for it and played for it and prayed for it; now it’s time to trade for it. In other words, it’s time to trade their tears of sorrow for tears of joy.
And to top it all off, they have an affable, jovial, cordial coach in Joe Maddon who seems to know how to get the best out of each one of his players all of the time. And so what’s not to like?
And so, here’s what we’re celebrating: for the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series! They were deemed World Series favorites since opening day, as they topped the majors with 103 wins to win the NL Central, then they beat the Giants — the even-year perennial World Series winners — and the Dodgers in the playoffs. The Cubs overcame a 2-1 deficit against the Dodgers and won the NLCS and their 17th pennant. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on September 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.
The eternal “wait till next year” is finally over. No more dwelling on a history of failure — the future is now. They dominated Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 to win the National League Championship at Wrigley Field. So it must be their time, right?
The two best teams in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, battled it out in a brutal NLCS playoff series. Ultimately Chicago was the better, stronger team and they came out on top.
Now, the two best teams in baseball are going head-to-head for a showdown that promises not to be a letdown. But while the Indians, who haven’t won the World Series in forever either, (not since 1948) may want a World Series title, I believe that the likable, lovable, and this year’s unstoppable, Cudly Cubbies time has come.