Sometimes here at Cubbies Crib, we like to cut loose.
No, I’m not talking about that night where you thought you could handle that last bourbon shot at the pub – I’m talking about the break from full blown baseball analysis to bring you some light reading for your Friday.
And while I can’t speak for resident co-editor Joe Han (who is a phenomenal writer and has a baseball IQ through the roof) I’m almost certain he’d agree with me. He clearly has fantastic taste, style and personality considering his choice in baseball teams. You should check out this column if you don’t believe me.
While most of these quotes already solidify the pain that Cubs’ fans know and feel everyday, there’s some real good ones in there that I just couldn’t pass up.
I’ll admit it right away – I had a lot of fun writing this column. It involved a lot of research in to old baseball records and made me feel pretty nostalgic during the whole thing. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
The greatest man to play on a wretched team since Robert E. Lee - Scott Simon, on Ernie Banks
Most people would never understand how someone could love a team that has never won anything of much consequence. The Rangers are like the Cubs without the history. - Greg Sindelar on the Rangers and Cubs
Nelson Algren once wrote that Chicago was “an October sort of city even in spring.” Please note that he was referring to the weather, not the playoffs. – Diego Musilli
It’s been said that in Chicago there are two seasons, winter and construction. For Cubs fans, there is only one, and it always comes next year. – Rick Talley
Jack Hamilton could throw a strawberry through a brick wall. If only he could hit the wall. – Harry Caray
The only good thing about the past is that the Chicago Cubs would occasionally win the World Series. But that’s it. Everything else was Nazis and disease. - Stephen Colbert
At Wrigley Field yesterday, the Big Red Machine ran over the Little Blue Bicycle. - Bob Verdi, on a mid-70’s game betweeen the Reds and Cubs
It’s hard to be a Chicago Cubs fan. Everyone gets that. There have been so many close calls, like in 1962, when they missed the post season by 42.5 games. - King Kaufman
Declaring that the Cubs had the nucleus of a good team, Leo said, “This is not an 8th place ball club.” He was right. The Cubs finished 10th in 1966 - Eddie Gold and Art Ahrens
Is it a coincedence that the O’Hare Airport parking garage, the Cubs level, is located on the bottom floor? – Gene Wojchiechowski
People always come up and ask me if the Cubs are going to win in their lifetime, and I always give them the same answer: “How long are you planning on living?” - Steve Stone
Tinkers to Evers to Not a F-cking Chance - Jim Baker’s suggested Cubs motto
The longest running daytime soap opera in history, and the only one without a doctor in it - Arne Harris, on Cub broadcasts
The late Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke once said after a disappointing deason that he had learned that “no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse.” This is a truism Cub fans of the 1960’s knew well. - David Claerbaut
We came out of the dugout for opening day and saw a fan holding up a sign saying, “Wait ‘Till Next Year.” - Moe Drabowsky, on the late 50’s Cubs
The way it works in Chicago, either you’re a Cubs fan of you’re a White Sox fan. There’s no in-between. If you say that you’re a fan of both, you’re not a fan at all. You’re a bi-sox-ual. – Richard Roeper
They were never lovable – Anonymous White Sox Fan
Cub fans stand up to sing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame.” White Sox fans stand up when they’re about to storm the field to tackle an umpire - Richard Roeper
We have to win for the people to show up. The Cubs have to show up for the people to show up. - Eddie Einhorn, White Sox Owner
My players made me a real big celebrity in Chicago. How big? I was doing commercials for both a diet center and a fried chicken chain. I had all the bases covered. - Don Zimmer, on managing the 89 Cubs
MUCK THE FARLINS - Cub fan banner at the ’03 National League Championship Series
Eighty-five percent of the f-ckin’ world is working, the other fifteen come out here. - Lee Elia, on Wrigley fans
Cubs fans disagree over which moment turned around Chicago’s season. Did the switch flip when Carlos Zambrano punched Michael Barrett or was it when Lou Pinella kicked dirt on an umpire? Anyway, if the Cubs are losing in the sixth inning, cover all of your bases by smashing a potted plant over your friend’s head – Justin Peters
(Pitcher) Bill Walker is not to be confused with the Cubs general manager of the same name, who is confused enough as it is. - Warren Brown
If you don’t like Wrigley, you might as well renounce your citizenship right now. – Jim Caple