Back to the Future for the Cubs

By Megan Powell

One of my favorite movie scenes is in Back to the Future II when Marty McFly is standing outside by the town’s clock tower in 2015 with Doc Brown. The two see a hologram that says the Cubs just won the World Series by sweeping Miami.

Miami is nearly 20 games behind the Mets, so that prediction will not come true. The Cubs however, have a chance at the Series.

As most of my fellow Chicago Cub fans know, we had a few good seasons and plenty really miserable ones.

Yet, when you consider the history of these “Loveable Losers,” many in Cubs Nation are used to repeating the September mantra: “There’s always next year.”

I’m sure when this movie was released in 1989 the majority of people in movie theaters even in Chicago laughed hysterically. But the future is now for the Northsiders, thanks to a few rookies.

Some key rookie call-ups this season include All-Star and National League Rookie of the Month for August, third baseman Kris Bryant, catcher and outfielder Kyle Schwarber, shortstop Addison Russell and second baseman Javier Baez.

Recently, the Cubs were missing one of their key rookie hitters, the former IU slugger Schwarber suffered a mild rib cage strain that sidelined him. He should be ready for postseason play.

Pitching for the Cubs poses the biggest problem for skipper Joe Maddon with the exception of Jake Arrieta who recently tossed a no-hitter against the LA Dodgers. Cubs brass shored up the bullpen with veteran Fernando Rodney.

The Cubs will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, with their eyes focused on the World Series.

If the stars align correctly for Maddon, the Cubs can win it all at home on Halloween night. That’s a big “if,” but it would be a treat for Chicago and something Hollywood predicted.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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