Barring a series-delaying earthquake, the Chicago Cubs are about to become “former World Series Champions.”
The Cubs’ reign will end the moment the last out of the seventh game of the 2017 World Series is recorded.
That’s sports. You try to win every year. If you actually manage to win it all, you revel in the victory for a relatively short time, then try to do it again.
No matter how many titles you won, those titles are still in the past.
You can’t live in the past.
Sure, I will always fondly remember the 2016 Cubs. I’ll never forget how they built on the success of the 2015 team, which arrived in the post season at least a year earlier than expected and won a divisional series before falling to the Mets in the NLCS.
They came into 2016 with a target on their back and with players on teams with more recent success suggesting expectations would crush the young Cubs.
“It’s unchartered territory, at least for me,’’ Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve always been the team to beat. It’s been our division. People are always coming to get us.
“Now, everybody’s real high on the Cubs. We get that. But it will be interesting to see how the Cubs handle that expectation.
As it turned out, they handled it real well.
But none of that mattered in 2017. The Cubs, with most of the same players, were good enough to win their division but not good enough to beat the Dodgers for the pennant.
While the 2016 championship reign is now a part of history, all Cubs fans can enjoy the fact that the idiotic talk about goats and curses is over forever (just don’t look too closely at the Championship Ring).
Decades ago, a fan of a team known for wearing red promised me “The Cubs will never win in your lifetime,”
Knowing he’s had a real shitty year makes me smile.
But we’re looking forward. The Cubs reign is over until the next championship.
Which will be every bit as glorious as the last one.
In 1987, with Harry Carey recovering from a stroke, lifelong fan Bill Murray did color for an entire tv broadcast. It was classic.