Cubs Win 2016 World Series

Cubs celebration after winning the World Series. Photo from: MLB.com

Now that MLB Spring Training is just about to start, let’s discuss the one goal all teams share – winning the World Series.

Last season, the team who achieved that goal was the Chicago Cubs… For the first time in 108 years. A drought which was the longest in professional sports.

Let’s compare the world in 1908 (last time the Cubs won a championship) to 2016:
– There were 46 states
– A loaf of bread was $0.04
– Women were not allowed to vote
– The first Model-T car was produced that year

These facts are interesting to think about but they do not show how culturally significant a Cubs World Series championship is. But perhaps this video can:

“I always had hope.”

Post on this blog so far have shown it is more than a game to so many people around the world. It is a source of pride and a source of happiness. In almost everything in life, the lows of something can make the highs feel so much better.

Cubs fans have experienced lows on many occasions, coming close to winning or appearing in the World Series only to be stifled by misfortune or in some cases, a “curse“. But with their championship win, they experienced the ultimate high they were hoping for.

Why its memorable: Think of fans like Hazel when asking if this moment had significance. It doesn’t happen often where a life long passion, dream or hope comes to life. In this instance it did.

Despite the lack of championships,  The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s most storied franchise. Albeit because they had a long history of losing, but more than that they have continued to have a loyal fan base as one of professional sports’ longest running teams, and have produced many great players. But all their history is set aside, as the 2016 the season came to one of baseball’s happiest endings, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Cubs Victory Parade. An estimated 5 million people celebrated in the streets of Chicago. Photo from: CBS Chicago

14 Comments

  1. Awesome post Ryan. This past year, baseball really started to catch my attention, this game in particular! I can’t wait for this season to begin again.

  2. I’m not much of a baseball person but reading your blog i think its something i’d like to pay a lot more attention to.
    Great Job!

  3. I am not a huge fan of baseball, however I was pulled in and enjoyed reading your blog. Hazel’s story is very heartwarming and was a great addition to the blog.

  4. I don’t know much about baseball, but I think it’s great how you contextualize important baseball moments with info on history and culture. Also that video featuring Hazel is absolutely adorable 🙂 Keep up the great work, Ryan!

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