After 108-years, the Chicago Cubs and their fans are finally celebrating a World Series title. Friday, November 4th, 2016 marked the first World Series victory parade for the Cubs.
It all began at Wrigley Field and made its way through a small section of the Windy City, ending at Lower Hutchinson Field. The Chicago Cubs split up and rode on separate buses along the way.
Fans from all over the world were packed — not only at the park but in the streets as well. There wasn’t much room available so fans watched from afar.
With Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams standing off to the side as Pat Hughes introduced those who helped make this possible. Meanwhile, millions of Cubs fans stood in perfect weather, enjoying the entire thing.
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Now, FanSided has decided to put together a little contest titled ‘FanSided’s Fandom 250‘. As noticed in the article, FanSided will reveal 10 nominees at a time. The Cubs made the first wave.
Looking at the rest of the list, you have the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees/Mets, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, and Harry Styles.
Why We’ll Win
On December 6th, FanSided will have the official rankings. Yet while the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets have some amazing fans, I don’t think they even come close to what Chicago has. Actually, let me make this clear.
There is no other fan base on the face of this planet that can match the love we have for the North Side. Year after year, having to deal with the non-stop bashing of those “Lovable Losers” for 108-years was not easy to deal with.
From black cats, to goat curses, 100 loss seasons, too (forgive me) the Bartman incident back in 2003. Each and every one of us had to muscle our way through those stories with our heads held high. It wasn’t easy, which makes it just as special.
Through it all, Wrigley Field continued to set attendance records despite how terrible the Chicago Cubs were playing. Smiling faces, mainly Dorothy returned to the Friendly Confines for every home game.
Sure, the Red Sox had it tough holding one of the longest droughts in professional sports history aside from the Cubs. However, their heartbreak and suffering ended when Theo Epstein led them to the promise land in 2004.
Not to mention, they went back to the World Series and won it again in 2007. Honestly, I feel somewhat bad coming off as aggressive when it comes to this subject but it’s the truth.
What this is, is passion. Chicago fans love their sports so much, we aren’t afraid to let you know what we think. If you play bad, you’re going to hear about it until you redeem yourself. But we’re always going to love you.
There’s a saying, “Once a Cub, always a Cub” — absolutely true. It doesn’t matter if you spent a year or two on the North Side. If said player returns to Wrigley Field in another uniform, you’ll receive a standing ovation.
Is it like that for any other team in the league? Highly doubt it with a few exceptions along the way. This city, organization, and fanbase are united as one giant family.
We’ve battled our way through the years of being let down, counted out, made fun of, etc. all while teams such as the Yankees won multiple World Titles. Do they have the most success in sports history? Yes. By far.
I just don’t believe they, or any other organization/musician/actor, whoever, on that list, can top the love we have for this team. Especially Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, and Kardashian fans.
Are you kidding me? Beliebers? We’re winning this like the Chicago Cubs did the World Series. Let them hear your voices, fellow Cubs fans.
Before we wrap this up, I’d like to salute the fans of Cleveland and Oakland.