This is no trick, but a treat all Chicago Cub fans have been waiting for nearly a century: The Chicago Cubs have not been in the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
The last time the Cubs were victorious in a World Series was back in 1908 against the Detroit Tigers. Now, they face the Cleveland Indians.
But Cubs fans will remember Oct. 22, 2016, for years to come. Why? That’s the day when Cubs fans across the country, and even in heaven, could say once again, “Our Cubbies did it. We’re not going to wait until next year.”
Being a lifelong Cubs fan, I’ve waited for this day since my grandpa introduced me to America’s favorite past time. Unfortunately, he is unable to see this day, but my dad and I have texted each other in between innings more than ever.
But when I opened a text from my dad on Monday morning that read, “Schwarbs is flying to Cleveland,” I’ll admit I had to reread it at least two or three times.
Kyle Schwarber. I mean, geez! He suffered a torn ACL and LCL on April 7 and here he is at bat for the Cubs in late October—swinging at bat as if nothing happened.
The fact that he practiced under the radar for this moment and then he gets a double for his first hit of the season. As manager Joe Madden says, “He’s a different cat.”
Now, I know they suffered a hard loss in Game 1, given the fact Cleveland has a great pitcher in Cory Kluber. In Game 2, Jake (not from State Farm) Arrieta came pitching and my Cubbies came swinging to post a 5-1 win against the Indians.
Who knows, maybe the doctor who repaired Schwarber’s knee will throw the first pitch at home tonight. He deserves the honor.