If you are at Wrigley this weekend, you’ll notice the Chicago Cubs have the New York Yankees in town this week.
In my neighborhood, however, it’s always as if Yankees fans have me in town.
Walking around New York City displaying my Cubs hat this morning, I came across a guy proudly displaying a disgusting white t-shirt with the Yankees emblem on it. The fact that the Cubs took game one didn’t stop him from having a little fun with me and he wanted to know what it was like to be a Cubs fan. I said, “So far this weekend, better than being a Yankees fan”. New Yorkers appreciate a quick reply. I had no interest in talking to him any longer than I had to as I walking my dogs and he was some what sketchy. That was the end of our exchange however it won’t be the last time (nor was it the first time) that someone asked me what it’s like to be a Cubs fan while walking around New York City.
So, you want to know what it’s like? I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again.
The Chicago Cubs are the kind of life long commitment that they should sell insurance for. Think about the things that you buy insurance for to protect you from. They are for all of the worst case scenarios in life. House burning down, flood, car accident, death. They should immediately add to the list: Cubs fan.
In all of the above situations you are put out, living a situation that leaves you speechless and wondering, how could this happen to me? Why me? And when you are a Cubs fan, that happens all of the time. Follow by a quick look to the fan to your left or right at Wrigley, in a bar, at home, or at an opposing team’s stadium and asking aloud “Why us? Why us AGAIN?”
It would be the most expensive insurance of all insurances sold to baseball fans of course because we as Cubs fans would need it the most. Essentially, all other baseball fans if they too could purchase insurance for rooting for their team, their monthly payments would only exist to cover costs the insurance company would gather in paying out to help out Cubs fans. It is a brutal existence and a little insurance as a fan to add to those occasional and not-so-often insurance runs would be a great thing to have.
This team has long been called the Lovable Losers, however I’m not sure how many fans would consider themselves ‘in love’ with their Cubs as opposed to simply being ‘addicted’ to them. Rooting for the Cubs can feel like a bad habit that few are able to break. The highs are so great because they are so rare that you can’t wait to experience another and it drives you crazy that jonesing in between the highs.
The team hasn’t won a World Series since 1908 and hasn’t appeared in one since 1945. The ratio of fans who live to see the Cubs win a World Series to those that spend their life eating peanuts and Cracker Jack and then never getting a chance to even decide whether they want to get back or not…I couldn’t even begin to guess. All you can do is put on your Cubs hat and hope that you do get to see them win the big game in your life time and that things like Brock, black cats, goats and Steve Bartmans stop getting in the way. (Moises Alou would never have caught that ball by the way, just saying).
The Cubs have given us stars like Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Mark Grace, and on and on. Addicted or ‘in love’ with their Cubs, fans come back to root them on at Wrigley Field, visit them on the road, watch WGN, listen to the radio and hope for the best. You can learn a lot about the team in many, many places on the web. Just thought this might give you a better insight as to what it’s really like to be a Cubs fan. However, the short answer to the question tell me about the Cubs and what it’s like to be a fan? It’s awesome. (Calling Geico now to deliver my pitch).
Game two against the Yankees today. Let’s get another W before we send Z out there and the Yankees scouts start taking notes on our former ace. (Zambrano, please don’t waive your no-trade. We pull this thing to five or six at the All-Star break and we still have a shot). Get that W, Demp. Davis finally broke into the W column for 2011, Demp could do so for the first time in three career starts against the Yankees. Sounds like a plan to me. And who doesn’t like seeing a plan come together? Go Cubs Go!