The Chicago Cubs Turn Someday into Today

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On a cold, misty November night in Cleveland, curses were lifted, demons were exercised and the Chicago Cubs were crowned World Champions. It’s only fitting that after 108 years of anguish, heartbreak, and frustration, it would take one of the best baseball games ever played for history to be made.

This was a game that brought out all the good, the bad, and the ugly that baseball has to offer with four errors, 10 different pitchers, four home runs, a five-run lead negated, a rain delay, and extra innings. And when it comes to the Cubs’ postseason efforts, this is a stat line that is to be expected. What wasn’t expected though, was that the Cubs would be the ones who would prevail and bring the title back to Chicago for the first time in over a century.

For too long Cubs fans had to watch their team come up short; but the Cubs used the words of their legendary play-by-play announcer Harry Caray to spur their comeback from 3-1.

“Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series,” Caray said after the Cubs’ final game of the 1991 season.  “And maybe sooner than you think.”

For games three, four, and five at Wrigley Field, the home faithfuls were waving white towels in support of their team. Written on those towels was, “Make Someday Today.” Every day since the World Series ended those towels, along with big baskets of green apples and other Cubs memorabilia, have adorned Caray’s headstone as hundreds of people have made the trek to his burial site to make sure he is just as much a part of this victory.

Watching that ball travel from Kris Bryant’s hand to the glove of Anthony Rizzo for the final out had to be the longest two seconds of baseball ever endured by the Cubs, their legends, and their fans––and that is saying a lot. But, as if he knew it all along, there was a smile on Bryant’s face as he fielded the ball and fired to first. As the ball snapped into Rizzo’s glove, even the steady Joe Buck’s voice shrieked with excitement as he became the first television broadcaster, and only the second broadcaster in history, to say the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series.

Every day more and more videos are uploaded to YouTube and social media of people recording the reactions of their fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all of which had grown up waiting for this moment.

This deep-seeded passion for a team transcends generations, both past and present, and is only one of the incredible things that baseball gives to us, but is truly one of the most important. It brings together all races, creeds, and nationalities for the common goal of rooting for their home team. The Cubs winning the World Series truly brings to life how faith in a sports team can take you from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, all while bringing you closer together with those around you.

There is no one in this world, including Cleveland fans, that can say this World Series wasn’t one of the greatest sporting events to ever take place. As we move on with the seasons to come, it’s not hard to predict that the Cubs are not done winning championships, and if Cleveland can continue doing what they’re doing, it won’t be long until they’re putting World Series rings on their fingers as well.