Or, as John Belushi in the “Blues Brothers” would say, “Yes! Yes! Jesus H. Tap-Dancin’ Christ! I have seen the light!”
What a bloody hard week it’s been. Filtering out sports updates out of my newsfeeds, changing channels to avoid any information, literally bending over backwards to NOT curse my Cubbies. But now, finally, for the first time in 108 years, the Cubs have won the World Series! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! Holy Cow! (That one’s for you, Harry, God luv ya!)
Now, I do have to do a bit of confession. I’ve muttered a number of times about my “Star Trek” episodes getting delayed or cancelled by Cubs games. And yes, I’ve sat in Wrigley Field and thought the beautiful park was wasted on baseball. But when you’re born in Chicago, they automatically hook you into either the Northside club (Cubs) or the Southside losers … er .. club (White Sox). I’ve been too Wrigley several times, and I do have a very, very warm spot for the old park. If you gotta play baseball, Wrigley is perfection – the sun-drenched bleachers, warm beer, cold hot dogs, and hundreds of wretches you’d never even look at out on the street, all packed into one place with a collective conscience. I think the Bleacher Bums inspired the Borg – if you sit out there, you WILL be assimilated, and you WILL be rooting for the Cubs, never mind how much you might dislike the leisurely pace of the game. If you’ve never been to such a tight-knit community, picture the roar of the crowd at the bloodiest Coliseum gladiatorial games of Ancient Rome. You come home hoarse, deaf, and literally vibrating. It’s like a rock concert, only far more insane and far less predictable.
So now I can finally breathe again. And while I am FAR more of a Bears fan (American football), I’ve always had that built-in love for my hometown perennial underdogs. So here’s to the boys of summer, that ivy-walled beauty, and everybody associated with the now-World-Series-champion Chicago Cubs!But beware of odd happenings in the next few days, ’cause Satan will be freezing his ASS off! Yeah! (cue the music) “Go Cubs, Go! Go Cubs, Go! Hey Chicago, whaddaya say? The Cubs are gonna win today!”