Chicago Cubs: What’s it like to be a Cubs fan where you live?
By Robert Davis
The Chicago Cubs are one of the most popular teams in the MLB, owing in-part to their expansive fan base. In order to understand the team, you need to know who root-root-roots for the Cubbies, both in Chicago and elsewhere.
After winning the 2016 World Series, the Cubs became an international sensation. They were one of the first three teams represented in Vans’ MLB Collection, along with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and ranked 7th in the top-10 highest rated teams during prime time television hours, according to Forbes Magazine. Their viewership has increased a stunning 39 percent from the year before, and 225 percent overall since 2014.
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As if 2016 wasn’t good enough for the Boys in Blue, Cubs fans were rated the number-1 fan base on FanSided’s Fandom 250 list. Their reasoning was simple:
"The true sign of a die-hard fanbase is its willingness to stick with the team through good times and bad. And surely no fanbase has proven itself more adept at the latter than that of the Chicago Cubs."
108 years is more than a lifetime for many. Those who were lucky enough to endure the drought surely rest easier now knowing they have one less stressor in their life. That is both part of the mystique which follows this franchise, and the real story behind this article.
There is no geography quiz on the last slide. This no test of your loyalty. This is about you, the fans.
What is it like to be a Cubs fan where you live? How do people look at you when they see you wearing that beautiful Championship jersey, or carrying your Clark the Cub mug around town? Have you ever had a noise complaint filed against you for cheering too loud? Is there someone special you think about whenever you watch a Cubs game?
The answers to these questions are as varied as this historic franchise’s fan base is. But, it’s these answers which unite Cubs fans in a way that’s truly unique.
On the following slides, our analysts will take you on a tour of their cities to give you an introspective look how they’d answer the aforementioned questions. However, we don’t want the conversation to stop there. Let us know what it’s like where you live. Your story might become the next big Cubbies Crib feature.