Thanksgiving may be the perfect holiday. While there is no baseball being played on turkey day, there still is family, food, and tons of football (which in my mind, is equally as great as baseball). But, Thanksgiving goes far beyond food, and family. It is a day in which you reflect and think about all the things that you are thankful for. To keep it semi-related to baseball, I will reflect on what I am thankful for as a proud fan of the Chicago Cubs.
First, I am thankful for the city of Chicago. Cubs fans are truly lucky that Chicago is a big market, and that many of the citizens in Chicago actually care about baseball. It seems like no matter what part of the city you travel to, you are always faced with the question, are you a White Sox fan or a Cubs fan? We are truly fortunate to be able to go to Wrigley Field and be one of 40,000 fans on an everyday basis cheering for the Chicago Cubs. Because, if we were in Florida for instance, there is hardly no local interest in either the Marlins or the Rays. As a baseball fan, I probably would go crazy if the Chicago Cubs received no interest from the local media or even national media.
Another reason I’m thankful to be a Cubs fans, is because of magical year that was the 2003 season. In 2003, I was just starting to get interested in baseball. In essence, I guess you can say that I was still undecided about whether I was a Cubs fan or whether I was a White Sox fan. Despite my dad being a die-hard White Sox fan, for some reason I did the opposite and became a Cubs fan. Watching the Cubs at that time for me, was like a little kid running around in a toy store. Every game that season would give me a new sense of excitement, and pride in being a Cubs fan. That was just for the regular season, Words can not describe the emotions that I felt during the post-season. When the Cubs finished off Atlanta in the divisional series, I was filled with excitement and the sense that what I was watching was truly special. Then after the Steve Bartman incident, my heart figuratively dropped into my stomach. I was devastated, more so at how the Cubs collapsed, then at Steve Bartman. That year truly describes what being a Cubs fan really is, riding high at one moment and then miserable the next. But, after that season I was glued to watching Cubs games, and it eventually got to the point where I began to talk about the Cubs all the time. Which is what led me to pursuing an interest in writing as a beat writer for the Chicago Cubs for my career. Hopefully, writing for Cubbies Crib is the beginning of a long and prosperous career in Sports Journalism.
Lastly, I want to thank each and every reader that takes the time out to check Cubbies Crib on a daily basis. Because I feel that Joe, Luke, and Myself really are in the beginning stages of doing something special. And, you , the readers, are always chiming in with your comments. Without you guys, we would not be having the success that we are having right now, Thank You!!!