This morning the kids woke up full of questions. And it was my honor to provide an answer that hadn’t been uttered once in the past 108 years: The Cubs won the World Series last night.
Finally, the Cubs won! The lovable losers don’t have to wait until next year. Next year is happening right now! Fans, fly that W flag and raise your glass to toast Harry Caray and all the others that waited here patiently but are now celebrating in the most amazing skybox seats ever.
We’re Excited that the Cubs Won
Now, we normally blog about health topics but we feel compelled to publish our thoughts about the Cubs winning the World Series. Heather and I have been Cubs fans since childhood and have watched games at Wrigley Field many times. We’ve kept tabs on the team even during their most disastrous seasons and, because we like baseball, we’ve tuned in to lots of World Series games over the years.
And here’s the undeniable truth about last night’s victory: Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was one of the best baseball games in the history of major league baseball.
Why? I’ll leave all the sports analysis and the play-by-play to the professionals at WGN, Fox Sports and ESPN. You’ve seen videos of all the triumphant moments by now anyway.
Cubs Won with Class
Obviously, there is no doubt that the athleticism and perseverance by all members of both teams was amazing. However, for us, we love that the players on both sides went out each night and represented their respective cities with an enormous amount of class.
Call me crazy, but I like that this World Series was so nice. Yes, the games were absolutely thrilling. But, the incredible sportsmanship displayed by the players and coaches deserves a huge shout-out.
No one kneeled.
No one cheated.
No one brawled.
Heather and I noticed that Cleveland base runners chatted with Cubs infielders throughout Games 1 – 7. We saw coaches from both teams challenge umpires’ calls and then respectfully accept the decisions. And, we watched an Indians batter clap for a Cubs player when a tough infield play was successfully executed.
Our world is so negative right now. Last night’s game and all the games of this year’s World Series succeeded in wiping out all the jarring, hateful speech and images that have recently dominated our media. We jumped up and down in our house last night when Rizzo tagged first base in the bottom of the 10th inning. We yelled and clapped and just reveled in the sweet, almost unbelievable moment.
For a few minutes the world revolved around the ecstatic mass of Cubs players leaping and cheering on that baseball field in Cleveland.
And there was no hate. There was only the gleeful hope of a dream triumphantly achieved.
Let’s Hear it for Baseball
So put your hands together for the Cubs and their hard-fought, long overdue and well earned victory. Tip your hat to Cleveland too; their players and fans deserve it.
Sportscasters periodically said throughout this series that the Cubs brought their bats. Well, we think that the Cubs also brought class and dignity to this timeless and graceful pastime. Cleveland did the same. So let’s stand up and cheer for baseball and for all of last night’s players. Way to go!!!!
We love you Cubs! (Leo, we’re thinking of you!)