Cubs, Cards rivalry better when both good at
Okay, I admit I’m not a Cubs fan. Nor a Cardinals fan. But living smack dab in the middle of the Cub-Cardinal rivalry is something to behold.
It’s been said about a million times that the Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series in 108 years. I believe the year was 1908. Could be wrong.
Anyways, its a long time to go without winning. It’s beyond time. I’m sure there are those still living who were alive the last time they won, but that number has got to be very small.
On the other hand, the 13-time world champion St. Louis Cardinals. In the playoffs every year it seems. Actually, they missed out in 2007 and 2008. What happened?
This year, we all know what’s been going on: the Cubs are very, very good and the Cardinals thus far have been average.
All of the offseason hype involving the Cubs and their young roster of talented players, plus the veteran pitchers have led to a 41-17 record through 58 games. Far and away the best record in the major leagues.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves: These are the Cubbies. The lovable losers from the north side of ChiTown. What impact will it have if the Cubs actually get to the World Series, let alone actually win the darn thing?
Since 1945, the Cubs last trip to the World Series, there have been a number of things happen which have negatively affected the Cubs.
In 1969, as Man was stepping foot on the Moon, a black cat ran across the ball fields, and was a reason why the Cubs lost that year in the division race to the Mets.
In 1984, Cubs up 2-0 on Padres in the NLCS. Lose three straight.
In 1989, too much Will Clark and San Francisco for the Cubs to handle. In 2003, well, Steve Bartman was not the reason the Cubs lost, let’s just leave it at that.
Curses. Hexes. Jinxes. Call it what you may. The Cubs misery of non-winning championship seasons is going to end at some point.
Is the year 2016 really the year everybody is waiting forward to? Will the Cubs manage to find a winning formula to get through 11 playoff wins and secure that long-awaited championship?
If it does happen, and I do think that it will this year, what will all the folks in Chicago do? How will they react? Will there be complete chaos and riots?
Look I’ve been to Wrigley Field and it’s a very enjoyable place to watch a game. They’ve upgraded the stadium with scoreboards, they’ve built an underground locker room for the home team.
It would be nice to hear World Champion Chicago Cubs just once. It will happen, eventually, but will it be in our lifetime?
The Cardinals meanwhile have had a great season hitting the ball, although the starting pitching this year leaves a lot to be desired.
Total flip-flop from last year, when the pitching was great for most of the year but the offense wasn’t scoring many runs.
Needless to say if they can get both going at the same time, the Cards will take off. Maybe not catch the Cubs for the division, but certainly a good chance for a wild card. Once a team gets into the playoffs, anything’s possible. Sweeping the Pirates in Pittsburgh is a good start.
This is Vin Scully’s last season broadcasting Dodgers baseball. In his 67th season, he can probably tell you more about the 1945 Cubs than any other living person.
He’s broadcast games since 1949. He’ll be 90 years old next year. Doesn’t sound too bad for age 90. He’s still at the top of his game and is the last in a series of baseball broadcasters from the golden age still around, let alone broadcasting.
Scully is on record as saying will miss the roar of the crowd more than anything else when he is done broadcasting.
There is sentiments out there wishing he would take over the play by play of the all-star game or the World Series this year. Scully doesn’t travel to road games anymore, but the all-star game this year is in nearby San Diego.
Joe Buck, Fox’s top baseball broadcaster, has already gone on record of handing the booth over to Scully if he wishes to call the all-star game, or the World Series for that matter.
While Scully probably doesn’t want the fuss, it would be nice to hear him do one last major baseball event. I grew up listening to him and Joe Garagiola do NBC’s Game of the Week in the 1980s.
It was a simpler time. A simpler game. No talk of steroids. But great baseball voices. Sadly, we are losing the last of the great voices of the day after this season. But we also have the memories, and we also have Youtube.