Okay, So I’m A Cubs Fan: Wanna’ Make Something Out of it?
The Chicago Cubs Are in the Playoffs.
I’m not sleeping well these days. Waking up in the middle of the night with my thoughts whirling around like a merry-go-round on steroids. Maybe it’s the change in seasons. Perhaps á la Ayurvedic practice, I should avoid all things cold. (My yoga teacher told me that last night.) Or maybe my mid-night insomnia is more simplistic: The Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs.
As a diehard Cubbie who, like millions of others, has watched the team crash and burn, I’m hesitant to get too excited. The team has the goods and the manager to kill the “curse” that has plagued the team since the last time they won the World Series in 1908. The New York Times ran a cover story in yesterday’s paper, “The Cubs Confront the Curse: Is This The Year?”
Once again, the Cubs are in the playoffs. They had the best regular-season record in Major League Baseball, which has made them the talk of the baseball world as well as the favorites to win this year’s World Series.
This might make other teams and their fans ecstatic. Yet in Chicago, there is a thinly veiled, repressed gloom that comes with having your heart broken so often.
You’re not kidding!
(Spoiler alert: The Cubs won the first game against the San Francisco Giants last night, 1-0. Do I feel better? Well, just a tiny bit.)
Even though they won, the crowd was subdued. Yes, they breathed a collective sigh of relief after the last out of the game and waved W (Won) signs, for me watching at home with my Cubs’ hat on (somehow convinced that wearing that hat would make a difference), I could feel the “repressed gloom” and utter fear that things would go down the tube like they always have. When my son called after the game to give me a “high five,” we both uttered something like, “Yeah, but there is such a long way to go.”
Like a jilted lover, I’ve had my heart broken by the Cubs more times than I can remember. Let’s see: when the Cubs lost to the Mets in last year’s playoffs. And how about that fan, Steve Bartman, whom Chicagoans blame for the team’s demise in a post season game against the Florida Marlins? Or the . . . well, you can read the whole damn list in “Top 15 Worst Moments in Chicago Cubs History.” OMG: the list brings me to tears.
In all fairness, I managed to get almost seven hours of sleep last night—more than in the past two weeks. Blurry eyed and not quite awake, I rolled out of bed and grabbed my iPad. Straight to the Chicago Cubs web site. And there it was:
Kiss it good Baez! Cubs win 1-0 duel