The Cubs' Even-Year Magic, Fun Cubs Outtakes, and Other Bullets

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The Cubs’ Even-Year Magic, Fun Cubs Outtakes, and Other Bullets

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We have arrived in 2018, otherwise known as the year that the Cubs’ absorption of the even-year-BS from the Giants in 2016 fully shows itself. Clear your calendars for that final week of October.

  • You know, we probably did joke at the time that the Cubs beat the Giants in the 2016 NLDS – the first even year the Giants would not win the World Series since 2008 – that the Cubs had taken the even-year-BS power from the Giants. If the Cubs go on to win it all this year, I think the Giants should have to deliver the Commissioner’s Trophy to the Cubs after the World Series ends. And then the Cubs get to drink the blood of the vanquished.
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  • That kinda got me down a wormhole exploring past World Series stuff, and did you know, the Cubs have the 10th most World Series victories in MLB history! … but they’re actually ahead of only one organization that is more or less as old as they are: the Phillies, who’ve won just two World Series (1980, 2008). I actually didn’t realize the full depths of the Phillies’ organizational futility, perhaps because I grew up in an era where they were fairly competitive for the bulk of my baseball-watching life. (I also didn’t realize that part of that is because it took the Phillies 10 years to integrate after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers, making them the last team to do so, and yielding some rough years.)
  • The Cubs had some fun off the field in 2017:

  • META: It wouldn’t be a new year without a new issue to deal with, eh? There’s a bizarre issue affecting some users where the home page you see is an old version (i.e., new posts are not showing up on the home page for you). Technologically speaking, the “old” home page you’re seeing doesn’t exist anymore on the BN server – when it updates for a new post, that old version is gone. So what you’re seeing is a cached version of the home page that is saved in your browser. Our server is supposed to tell your browser, “Hey, dude, there’s a new version of the home page, update yours,” but apparently there is something glitchy going on that it is not telling all browsers that. I’m working on it (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are not great times to need technical support, it turns out). In the meantime, you may be able to help yourself out by clearing your browser’s cache and refreshing the page.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.