October 23, 2016

22 October:

In what by any standard would call a historic moment, the Chicago Cub Baseball Club, a founding member of the National League since 1876, is now going to their first World Series.

First? Haven’t they gone to several others?

OK, let’s amend that. The first since the Atomic Age occurred. The last Cub World Series was when there were some nuclear ‘hot spots’ that changed the destiny of the planet. Before the jet age, before air conditioning or even telephones were routine items.

In 1945 people had party lines and some shared phone booths in apartment hallways.  There were no seatbelts in cars, which cost about $12oo new.

The movie stars were Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Rita Hayworth, and swung to Louis Armstrong and his band.

Hawaii and Alaska were territories, not states. That’s right. The last Cub series appearance was TWO STATES AGO.

That’s right. Before Vietnam, too. The point to all this is this is the FIRST World Series of The Modern Era, and that makes the 1876 entrance even that much longer ago. The Cub image, as it has been, is a relic of a distant past.

That image is now in serious peril. Have any of you given any thought to what you will do AFTER they win a World Series?

You’ll expect another. The Cubs will go from lovable losers, the champion of underdogs everywhere, to an organization based on winning; accomplishing lofty goals. This is a major paradigm shift.

Cubsquest was established to help cope with this transition period. Native Chicagoan’s who have traveled and seen success in other parts of the world, and who embrace the Zen, the Universal Balance of things understand winning.

New York and Los Angeles take it for granted. Chicago knows ‘of’ it; winning as a vague concept. If it weren’t for having the best franchise in all pro sports in town, the Chicago Blackhawks you have to go back to Jordan’s Bulls.

The Bears Super Bowl appearance and the 2005 White Sox series which only meant something to 37 precincts and 8 southern suburbs, don’t count.

But basketball and particularly hockey, are still small market sports.

Baseball isn’t. And the Chicago Cubs of the past, the team you came home after school to watch when you were in high school on WGN and then went outside and played fast pitch against the playground wall and got in the bleachers for $3 is no longer.

This organization is four more wins away from becoming one of the, if not the preeminent franchise in professional sports. This is just the start of a series of articles that will try to help Cub fans ‘transition’ from perpetual dreamers into current achievers.

It’s a different world…