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PowerPlay Wrote: All jokes aside, I have always been curious about Cubs fans. What made you stick it out with them for so long?
That's simple - I was born a Cubs fan.
One of my first memories was my dad telling me I was a Cubs fan when I asked him what he was watching. My parents dressed me up in Cubs baby attire, toddler attire, and youth attire. It was never a question as to whether I could or couldn't be a Cubs fan!
PowerPlay Wrote: Did you start watching each game with the notion that they were going to lose? That must have been infuriating. Like a roller coaster that just goes in one straight, constant, never up or down line. Then all of the sudden....BOOM. Skyrocket to compete for the top spot and win it. That must have been an insane feeling.
I'd like to say I started watching each game thinking they were going to win, but I'd be lying. They were so bad for so long that most fans became accustomed to them being terrible. Hence their (now former!!) nickname "lovable losers." We loved them no matter how terrible they were.
2003 was an especially difficult year after the Cubs complete and total meltdown in the NLCS. I was never one of the fans who blamed a baby faced kid listening to his Walkman for the Cubs losing that series, but it was still a crushing blow to get so excited only to see the team completely fall apart before my very eyes.
Then we went into the wilderness for another decade where I just became accustomed to them being one of the worst teams in the league before the Ricketts family decided that they wanted to find a way for the Cubs to win again.
I'll never forget the night the Cubs won the World Series last year. It was a feeling that is indescribable yet understood by any Cubs fan who has stuck with them through thick and thin.
I called my 90 year old grandparents the next morning and they were just overfilled with joy. They were alive during the 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945 World Series only to watch (or hear) them lose each time. Me staying a fan for the first few decades of my life is one thing, but they never lost faith in nearly a century.
PowerPlay Wrote: What do you see happening in this series against the Dodgers?
I'm not naive. The Dodgers are one hell of a team and they have a bitter taste in their mouths from last year. They also have home field advantage and a loyal fan base that rivals the Cubs. The Dodgers are definitely the favorites, but then again so were the Nationals.
No matter what happens, I will continue to be a Cubs fan the rest of my life!