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white win flag wrigleyIt’s been awhile, Cubs nation.  How are you?  I’m fine, thanks for asking.  You’re so sweet!

I first want to apologize for my lack of attention paid to the Cubs as a whole thus far. While I’ve watched or listened to nearly every game (humble brag alert!), I haven’t thought about things I normally think about throughout the season.

Things like:

  • “Why do we suck?”

  • “Why does Castro chew gum like that?”

  • “What made Rizzo cut his hair?”

You know, the important stuff. That’s not to say that anyone has really suffered from my absence – I’m not that important. But I do feel like I owe an explanation. It really comes down to three words: The Chicago Blackhawks.

I’ll admit it, I caught the fever. And the only cure … was more hockey.

As a result of this fever, baseball took a back seat. I wasn’t in Chicago the last time the Cup was here, and I wasn’t going to miss out on the celebrations when it happened again. I was raised in a hockey household. My dad followed the Hawks when he was a kid, and when they weren’t on TV, we followed the Dallas Stars. Then the Hawks returned to television. And it’s been awesome (that’s another humblebrag. See how I distanced myself from the bandwagoners? Man, I’m smooth.).

Through this experience of having another Chicago team win a championship, it’s got me thinking. What’s going to happen if the Cubs ever get there?

Let me set the scene for you.

I watched Game 6 at Murphy’s Bleachers in Wrigleyville. The place was packed. There was a buzz that I had never felt before. I personally was nervous and excited all in one. You know that feeling before a high school dance where you’re not sure if you should pin the corsage on the girl as her dad looks on? You don’t want him to think that you’re copping a feel, but you have to get that damn flower on her. And at the same time you can’t wait to get pictures over with so you can party? That’s what it was like. Excitement. Nervousness.

But 76 seconds away from the Hawks losing 2-1 the nervousness was taking over and excitement was turning to depression. Everyone in the bar looked as if someone had kicked their collective puppy. Then it happened: 2 goals within 17 seconds and Chicago won the Stanley Cup for the 2nd time in 4 years. The place went nuts.

A 300 pound man dressed in a Toews jersey, grabbed me, and picked me up as we both yelled as loud as we could. Beer was being thrown everywhere. There were people running around the packed bar hugging everyone they could find. The party spilled into the streets as we ran down Sheffield hugging strangers in beer-soaked Hawks sweaters.

We made our way to Clark Street where the party was already underway. People everywhere. In the street, on buildings, absolutely everywhere (police were also everywhere). Constant hugging and high-fives with more complete strangers. Absolute bananas [Brett: Yes, bananas]. But it was almost controlled. It wasn’t a malicious celebration. It was pure joy and exhilaration. Our team had won. Our team was the best. And this was the release of all the emotions.

This all happened in Wrigleyville, almost 6 miles from the United Center where the Hawks home ice sits. This was also a celebration for a hockey team –  and arguably Chicago’s 4th most popular team. Also the Hawks won in 2010, which is fairly recent. What is going to happen to this city and Wrigleyville if/when the Cubs, who haven’t won in over 100 years, ever get to this point?

I don’t know what the answer is, but I know that I want to be there. And I’ll be taking a ton of vacation days.

Having a team you love win it all is one the greatest feelings.  No matter the sport, it’s always amazing. This feeling, this high of winning will get me through this year as I watch the Cubs. What’s that mean? It means that I know patience and being a Cubs fan is synonymous while being overdone and over-said.  At the same time I’m hoping it will pay-off while I’m still breathing.

I know some older Cubs fans will say that they’ve waited long enough. Hell, I know you have.  I’ve said before, my grand-grandpa lived until he was in his mid nineties and never saw his favorite team win. But maybe, just maybe if it happens in our lifetime it’ll be that much sweeter.  You’ll be the fan that has stood by through thick and thin. You may not always agree with the organization and the moves they make or the product they put on the field, but your fan loyalty pays off when the team produces. Ask Red Sox fans. The high you’ll get from winning will be unlike anything you’ll ever experience in your whole life. It’ll bring tears to your eyes.

So anyway, this is my excuse – take it or leave it. I’m back on board. I’m locked and loaded for the MLB season. We have some solid pieces that have trade value. Our prospects are producing so far. And Rizzo cut his hair. Everything in my eyes is on the up and up, even if this season is a bust.

I can’t wait for what happens next.

  • dumbledoresacubsfan

    I’ve said it before–it’s not a coincidence that Rizzo cut his hair and started hitting again.

  • Carew

    Excellent write-up. I’m going into college in the fall so I haven’t experienced as much as you all, but you know I’m still with ya. No matter when they get there, whether it be college or after, I’m flying up to Chicago and watching with my cubs fan friends.

  • ChrisN324

    First time poster on here. I read BN every morning and spend most of my down time at the office sifting through comments. I’ve gotta say I cannot even begin to imagine what it’s going to be like once the Cubs win. Being a part of these last two championships for the Hawks has been great, and after each one I’ve gotten just a little more excited for what Theo and Co, are doing for Chicago. I’m still young, so I’ve still got a long time to keep cheering the Cubs on. I’m hoping that they can win soon for the older generations of Cub fans that have missed seeing a championship. Soon enough, I believe it’ll happen. Until then, Go Cubs!

  • Jp3

    Anyone know why Jacob Hanneman hasn’t played the last couple days since tearing the cover off the ball for about a week

    • ramin

      He and shawon dunston Jr, caught the flu

  • Joey

    As a life long cub fan from alabama who has been to wrigley on a few occasions I can say I will quit my job and spend time in wrigleyville once this happens! And it WILL happen!!!!

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    I may not live through the celebration when it happens.

    • DarthHater

      I almost didn’t survive when the Bears won the Super Bowl. :-P

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        I was born in ’82. When the Bears win one I will go nuts. The level of craziness for when the Cubs win will probably cost me my job. I live in Indiana. When the Bears played the Colts, and afterward, the hell I had to endure was like sitting in a room with Die hard for a week. Although I would rather do that then have to deal with a White Sox series win over the Cubs. The people I work with are actually all Sox fans. Good times.

  • Steven

    Every time I think about the day we will eventually win, I go back to watch this commercial.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edkQdkZeeFg

    Gives me chills every time. One day.

    • Beardface

      This was great. Loved the whole ride to the cup this year but nothing will top a Cubs series win. I see a lot of arguing on this site about this team, but one thing remains. We can all say we kept watching through thick and thin and are the true fans. So someday when we’re on top and I’m sitting in a BDubs in Iowa with my Cubs gear on, and I hear someone complain about all the Cubs bandwagon fans, I will proudly say that I am not. The day we win it all will be the best of my life.

    • chrisfchi

      I choke up every time I win one with MLB 13 the show. Just can’t wait for it to happen. I’m also only 31, I was at the bears parade but too young to remember. The bulls run was awesome. And yes, even the south siders got one. But when we win, I think more than just Chicago may go crazy for that.

      Go Cubs Go.

  • Alb_daKID

    *yawn* I’ve had this conversation with friends, family and others for 15 years now. It’s stale and quite frankly silly. When will the day of what ifs die??. Good write up, I’m not saying don’t discuss it..but its old and a little hurtful when u out into perspective why we must even have such a dreamy convo.

  • Brady

    Personally I think that if the Cubs ever win Chicago will go into full scale joyous riot. It will be absolutely insane and if we have several years of sustained success I can see all the bandwagon fans swinging in and the Cubs will be even more synonymous when people think baseball (more so than it already is)

    • Beardface

      Oh, there will be bandwagoners! It’ll be interesting to see how may of them will be able to remember who played third base for the Cubs in 2013. They’ll probably say uhhhhhhh Aramis?

      • chrisfchi

        Thought it was that Santo guy.

        Sorry had to do it

      • Tobias

        No, it was Steve Buechele.

        • OregonCubFan

          Steve ontiveros :-)

  • Frank

    I believe in what Theo and company are doing. I just don’t believe in the their time line.

  • Die hard

    Rizzo must not read the Bible.. Samson would not want his hair cut.. Good to see less religion in sports

    • Roughriider

      God bless you. Die hard !!

    • http://www.dccoffeeproducts.com John

      God Bless your heart die hard.

    • scorecardpaul

      I am aware that I am supposed to ignore diehard, but he is really ruinning my experience on this site. Brett, I do love your work, but what gives? enough is enough, and if this is your alter ego it is really overdue to stop.

  • curt

    I just can’t wait for a summer where it matters and were not all consumed by where garza and the rest of the team is being traded to. That maybe we can get there this time and win, 2003 was so cruel my dad had passed away in 2002 and never saw a cubs team do anything ,anyways I thought myb dad was helping the cubs that time but like dad always did he fell asleep like Alex Gonzalez on a double play ball, and as a side note wasn’t bartmans fault, but leaving prior out there forever sure was dusty s., I could go on and on with thd exuses but there’s no point, but that series loss took something out of the team and thd fans and yeah I know 2008 but this was 5 freaking outs, I just hope theo and company realize that it’s not just cubbie nation that want to win, it’s all those fans who went lifetimes waiting for a win, ghe sox have won, the bears have won , the Blackhawks have won twice, if god is listening please in my lifetime let the cubs won too, I think we’re due and we as a cubbie nation have paid our dues too, steps off thd soapbox and waits for our year.

  • http://mccarronlegal.com jmc

    Summer of ’69. you couldn’t go anywhere in Chicago without hearing the Cubs when they were playing. I mean anywhere bus cab gas station couldn’t walk down LaSalle st without hearing them on the radio.Went to double feature the Clark theater and the transistor radios never went off during the movies. Can’t imagine what will happen when they win…

  • Timmy

    Yeah but let’s be serious here. In the past we lost because we sucked. Now we lose because new ownership is trying to make us lose……for a long time.

    There’s a huge difference between lovable losers and deliberate team sabotage.

  • http://mccarronlegal.com jmc

    so what is the alternative spending big money and long-term contracts keeping players past their prime? How did that work out for Hendry/Tribune? Does anyone think Pujols would have gotten us to the post season?

    • Timmy

      By this logic one of the biggest market teams in baseball will rely upon small salary young players and lose into the foreseeable future. This is unsustainable, teams make financial sacrifices to win. Sometimes they’re too large (an aged Pujols), but in general a team has to spend, especially if they have the money. Why would you rather that a billionaire keeps an extra 50 million than watch your team win?

      • Timmy

        We should retitle this thought process “austerity anti-investment”, in which ownership logic trumps on the field play. Save money for the rich vicariously with our personal investments not in a sport but in the successful deconstruction of team legacy by big business.

  • http://mccarronlegal.com jmc

    um, Cubs legacy is losing

  • Mrcub1958

    I harken to the words of Dr Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!

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