Chicago Cubs: World Series title causes baby boom in Windy City
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series championship could be the cause for an increased number of births
Last November, the Chicago Cubs did something they had not done in 108 years; win a World Series championship. As Cubs fans celebrated all around the United States, some chose to celebrate the accomplishment in another way. That special type of celebration is why many hospitals around Chicago are experiencing an increased number of births.
In an article by Marwa Eltagouri for the Chicago Tribune, Dr. Melissa Dennis states the number of births between July 10 and July 18 were twice their normal amount. Dennis goes on to say that while no hard evidence backs her claim, that week falls almost exactly 38 weeks from November 2.
This has happened before
We do not know if the Cubs last World Series title in 1908 caused any spikes in birth rates. What we do know is that major sporting events tend to trigger spikes in the amount of births.
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According to the Chicago Tribune, nine months after the game in which Barcelona advanced to the UEFA Champions League Final, there was a spike in the birth rate.
Getting back to baseball, when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, ending an 85 year drought, there was an increased amount of children born.
Being a World Series baby has its perks
Wednesday, July 26 marked exactly nine months since Game 7. According to the Chicago Tribune, babies born on that day will receive free newborn fan club memberships.
The Cubs will need to fight if they want to reach the World Series in 2017
What came easy for the Cubs in 2016 is not coming so easily this season. The Cubs pitching has not been the same as it was last season. In addition to that, the Cubs’ hitters are not finding much success at the plate. For that reason, the Cubs currently rank in the bottom half of the league in runs scored and team batting average.
Despite the North Siders’ slow start, the Cubs won 10 of their first 12 games to open the second half of the season. This run has propelled them to 54-47 and into first place in the NL Central.
While there are still 61 games left in the season, the Cubs seem to be back on-
track to make the postseason. Jose Quintana is already wearing pinstripes, but more trades could happen in the coming week.
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With the front office’s sights set on a back-up catcher, possibly another starter and perhaps a bullpen piece, these last few days of July are going to be fun for Cubs’ fans. However, I doubt it will more fun than welcoming a newborn into the world, which is what so many Cubs fans will be doing this week.