Sometimes, you reach a point in time where fate steps in and you just have to recognize destiny’s dominion when it arrives. And that’s why, despite eliminating my favorite team from the playoffs, I now have to root for the Chicago Cubs. I’m sure that once they win the climb to the championship peak, I can return to rooting against them, not unlike the 2004 Boston Red Sox. But now that my Cardinals and Braves are eliminated, I’m a Cubs fan for the next month.
Well, it’s important to know that I grew up a Braves and Cardinals fan. I could see every Braves game on TBS and I’m a fourth generation Cardinals fan who grew up in Memphis. The closest major league ballpark was St. Louis and we got the AAA Memphis Redbirds when I was in middle school. All in on the St. Louis Cardinals… while they are a baseball force (this is the first time they haven’t been to the NLCS in the last five years), they’re still an eternal underdog as their 11 World Titles is still less than half of the Yankees’ total.
I never rooted against the Cubs though if they weren’t playing the Cards or Braves. Why would I? They were eternal underdogs. Steve Bartman. The Curse of the Billy Goat. The World Series drought. Perpetually at the bottom of the NL Central.
The joke was so good that Robert Zemeckis classically had the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 when Marty McFly visited in my favorite childhood film, Back to the Future Part II.
The future is crazy! Flying cars, fax machines everywhere, hover boards… AND THE CUBS WIN THE SERIES!
It used to be a joke to me. Of course the Cardinals would end this fairy tale. They were the best team in baseball.
Then the Cubs beat them in 4 games. The home run derby at Wrigley happened… Jake Arrieta happened.
Maybe Robert Zemeckis was a prophet… or maybe time travel is real and the trick’s on us… or maybe… the stars are aligning for the Cubbies.
I’m sad that the Cardinals couldn’t get one championship closer to the Yankees. But how does anyone without a team left in it not root for the cubs?
Imagine if Theo Epstein was able to lead the Red Sox to a World Series win, breaking the Curse of the Bambino and, a decade later, leads the Cubs to a World Series win, breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat?!?!?
That’s unreal. That’s historic.
Maybe Back to the Future Part II was right all along.
We’ll find out soon.