American sports history

I know many of you are not baseball fans. Neither am I. I don’t like sports at all, but I am a big Chicago fan and the current standing of the Chicago Cubs in the World Series is a huge cultural and historic event. You have all claimed the U.S. as your home, at least for now, so you have to at least be aware of this. Baseball is the American sport and The Chicago Cubs have been the losers of the baseball world. Every national baseball team gets its turn at the title of World Series Champions, and most have won the World Series at least once in the past 30 years, but not the Cubs.

The Cubs are Chicago’s north side baseball team and the White Sox are Chicago’s south side team. The last time the White Sox won the World Series was in 2005. The last time the Cubs won was in 1908.

Yes, 1908! Decade after decade, loyal Cubs fans have had their hearts broken by this team. Sometimes the Cubs get close to reaching the World Series, but they don’t make it and fans are left to vow, “Next year. Next year!” In the 23 years I’ve lived on the north side of Chicago, even though I dislike sports and ignore baseball, I haven’t been able to avoid the emotional effect of the Cubs’ wins and losses. North siders are dedicated to their team and they take every loss very hard. Even I take pity on them.

So the Cubs even making it to the World Series is a miracle and a piece of American sports history. Over the past week, they’ve played six games against the Cleveland (Ohio) Indians and each team has won three games. Tonight is it: whichever team wins will be the World Champions of baseball (yes, it’s American hubris that an American competition determines a winner of the world, but that’s how we are).

Even if you don’t care about baseball — which I don’t — you must at least be aware of the historic and cultural importance of this moment. The Cubs have fans all over the world, so at least pay some attention to what happens tonight.

Also, if the Cubs win, the north side of Chicago (and a lot of surrounding areas) will go crazy. So if they win are you live in the area, stay off the roads, avoid puddles of vomit (from people drinking too much) and don’t be startled by fireworks in November. This is a historical Chicago moment, even if you care nothing about sports.

Go, Cubs!

UPDATE ON 3 November: Last night the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, and the city did indeed go crazy. The Cubs World Series Victory Parade and Rally will be tomorrow (Friday).