Chicago Cubs: Remembering two fan favorites from the late 2000 teams
While the Chicago Cubs failed to find much success in the late 2000s, those seasons provide me with a lot of valuable memories looking back.
As someone who was born in the late 20th century, I missed out on a lot of bad Chicago Cubs’ baseball. I wasn’t around for the 1990’s when the North Siders failed to win a single division title. Even though I was five years old, I have no recollection of the 2003 season or the Steve Bartman incident. Instead, what I do remember are the seasons following the Cubs’ back-to-back division titles in 2007 and 2008.
For me, baseball has always been a big part of my life. I started playing the game when I was three years old and played all the way up through middle school. Despite that, I did not begin watching baseball on TV until age ten or eleven.
What I think sparked my interest in baseball was visiting my grandparents on Sunday afternoons. My grandfather never failed to have the Braves game turned on. Thus, I grew up watching an aging Chipper Jones, and yes, a young rookie by the name of Jason Heyward.
Around that same time, I began to become interested in Cubs’ baseball. I cannot place exactly what aroused my interest in the Cubs, but being able to tune in games on WGN everyday helped.