If you saw my Weekly Winners on Sunday, you already know how I feel about my Cubbies winning on Saturday the last game standing between them and being in the playoffs. If you missed my post on Sunday, please go, and also watch the quick but cute video (yes, that's Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins in the video - huge Cubs fan, huge!) that captures the spirit in a way that even non-fans will understand - go on, I'll wait, we've been waiting on them for 100 years, so a minute and a half ain't nothin' but a thing to me.
Welcome back. Cute and making you wanna hope and cheer with me, wasn't it?
Here's the deal, shorthand-style:
- The last time the Cubs went into post season two years back to back was in 1907 & 1908.
- The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908.
- Last year was 2007; this year is 2008. 100 Years. It's. Time.
I also witnessed this past weekend a refreshing and good for my happy heart kind of unusual intermingling of fans who would normally be all hateful at one another, too.
I actually saw a comment on another Cubs-related YouTube video (this one, yes, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is a Cubs fan, and he has a new anthem for the 2008 Chicago Cubs), a comment from a Sox fan wishing the Cubs well. You all just know what kind of asshats people often are when commenting on stuff like this, and with the Chicago Cubs/Sox rivalry, this kind of comment generosity never happens, even when hell is frosty (which it gets in Chicago in winter). Some people still have class, even on the onlinewebz, and it makes my heart smile.
Then, too, I found my own thoughts turned to Yankee Stadium (this also never happens, my thoughts being on the Yankees, with or without references to hell), as the last game was played at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The last game at such an historic (a historic, you pick) ballpark saddened me. I never got to see it, and now I never will. It makes me ponder the idea that all over places in Europe and Asia and elsewhere there are structures and buildings and statues and monuments and goddamn *history* still standing that are a bazillion-jillion (give or take) years old but that we run around tearing down something so special - even for me as the almost exact polar opposite of a Yankee's fan, I still get it that it's totally special being the House that Ruth Built and The Cathedral and so many big moments in baseball and all - a stadium that was just built in 19bloody23 for goodness sake (15 years after the last time Cubs won the World Series, just sayin' in case you are keeping score at home). It also makes me shudder thinking that someday it could be my beloved Wrigley Field, and just the mere thought injures something in my core...
I can't think about that now, though. Right now it's all about October, baby! Go Cubs Go!