Yes, you read that correctly. The Chicago Cubs are returning to the World Series for the first time in 71 years, seeking their first title since 1908. The Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday evening in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS).
The Cubs were last seen in the World Series in 1945, losing to the Detroit Tigers. The World Series opens this Tuesday in Cleveland, where the Cubs will play the Indians. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948.
The drought officially ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field that spread throughout Wrigleyville.
Chicago Cubs fans have been conditioned to expect the worst each season, but the everlasting “wait till next year” mantra is finally over.
“We’re too young. We don’t care about it. We don’t look into it. This is a new team. This is a completely different time of our lives. We’re enjoying it and our work’s just getting started,” said Cubs third-baseman Kris Bryant.
Many have predicted a championship for the Cubs this year. They started off great with 11 wins in their first 14 games and spent all but one day in first place. They posted a 103-58 record, the best in baseball, posting the most wins for the Cubs in one season since 1910.
Legend has it that a Chicago tavern owner named Bill “Billy Goat” Sianis pronounced a curse on the club on Oct. 6, 1945.
Sianis wanted to attend a game at Wrigley Field to cheer on the Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. He purchased two tickets to Game 4 of that series; one for himself and the other for his pet goat Murphy, who he believed would bring the Cubs luck.
Ushers at the park denied Murphy’s entry and when Sianis questioned why, then club owner, P.K. Wrigley stated “the goat stinks.” Sianis then threw his arms up and cursed the team; he declared “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more!”
The Cubs then lost the series to the Tigers that year and Sianis sent Wrigley a telegram which read, “Who stinks now?”
But this could certainly be the year for the Cubs to bring the trophy home to Chicago.
Fly the W!