Friday, July 8, 2011

A First For The Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs (est. 1870) are one of only two remaining charter members in the National League (est. 1876). The Atlanta Braves (est. 1871) are the other. The Cubs began as the Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) who evolved into the Chicago Colts (1890-1897) who evolved into the Chicago Orphans (1898-1902) who evolved into the present day Cubs (1903-present).

So it's safe to say that the Cubs franchise has been around for a LONG, LONG time.

By now I think everyone on this planet is aware of the Cubs soon-to-be 103-year plight. Unless the Cubs (36-53) have a superb second-half of the season, it looks like their World Series title-less drought will be at 103 years and counting.

In their history, the Cubs have won two World Series titles-- 1907, 1908 AND THAT'S IT! FINITO!

But in the past (read here) I've stated that my biggest problem with the Cubs ISN'T their 100+ years title-less drought. Winning a championship (in any sport) is an extremely difficult thing to do, so I'm not going to throw the Cubs under the bus for that. My biggest problem with the Cubs has always been that they HAVEN'T even gone to the World Series since 1945. Never-mind winning it, they haven't even participated in the Fall Classic in 65 years.

In other words, I have a bigger problem with their 65-year World Series-appearance drought than with their 102-year World Series title-less drought.

With the exception of the expansion Seattle Mariners (est. 1977) and the expansion Washington Nationals (est. 1969), who have never been to the World Series, EVERY major-league team has, AT LEAST, made one World Series appearance in the last 32 years-- EXCEPT the Cubs. Mind you, there are 30 teams, so there's been a lot of parity in baseball over the last 32 years. I'll cut the Mariners and Nationals some slack (even though they are pushing the envelope also) because as expansion teams, they are infants compared to the 141-year old Cubs, who's absence from the Fall Classic in the last 3 decades is UNACCEPTABLE.

Hey Cubs, just get to the freaking Fall Classic! Forget about winning it for now-- JUST GET THERE! You can't win it if you're NOT there. Sheesh!

Anyway--

Yesterday, the Cubs defeated the aforementioned Washington Nationals 10-9 in Washington, D.C. OK, so what is so special about this game? Well, in their LONG, LONG history, the Cubs had never won a ROAD GAME in which they trailed by 8 or more runs in the 6th inning or later-- until yesterday. Last night, the Cubs were losing 8-0 to the Nationals going into the 6th inning. They scored 6 runs in the 6th, 2 runs in the 7th, 1 run in the 8th and 1 run in the 9th to win the game 10-9. Prior to last night, the Cubs had been 0-567 in these types of games ON THE ROAD in their almost century and a half of existence. They are now 1-567. Very, very interesting.

Is it an omen?

I guess there's a first time for everything. Now if they can just make it to the World Series and dust off that 65-year drought.

As for the "Curse of the Billy Goat"--

Relax Billy! Some Bartman dude has become the new "fall guy".

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau and Wikipedia

6 comments:

  1. Any time your called the lovable losers and your field is called the friendly confines its going to be hard for you to accomplish a lot of athletic goals. I love the Cubs because they are the one team you can root for knowing that most of the time they are going to lose anyway. Great post by the way man, keep up the good work.

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  2. Died of laughter when i read 1-567

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  3. @ SportAholic Thanks again. Yeah, I love busting the Cubs chops but I'll be the first to celebrate when they finally win the World Series. Lovable losers are a great nickname for them.

    @ Mike I found it funny too. But it's one of those crazy things in baseball that makes you scratch your head and ask yourself, "Why now?". They couldn't do it in 567 tries over a 140-year span and then all of a sudden it happens. It's one of the things I love about baseball.

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  4. The Mariners and the Cubs are tied with the most wins in one season... if that means anything.

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  5. Good point Collin. 116 wins each, 2001 Mariners and 1906 Cubs. But unfortunately, neither one won the World Series. But it's a good record to have, I think.

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  6. its kind of pointless to not win the World Series and get that many wins...

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