Chicago Cubs have given us plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving
By Jake Misener
Chicago Cubs go quietly into the night
Last year, it seemed like the postseason – and ensuing offseason – never ended. The Fall Classic stretched seven games. The Cubs battled back from down 3-1 in the best-of-seven showdown with the Indians, taking Game 7 into extras before finally breaking the curse.
Then, the fanfare. There was the parade – which, to this day, remains one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The SNL appearances. The guest spots on talk shows. On and on, events carried on, seemingly right till everyone headed down to Mesa to report for spring training.
And, thankfully, the team shook off their ‘World Series hangover’ in the second half. But it seemed to resurface in the NLCS. A team that, one year prior looked so hungry and energetic, appeared lethargic and exhausted against the Dodgers. Los Angeles looked – and played – like the better team, punching their first ticket to the World Series since 1988.
It was a disappointing end for us, the fans. But, with time, I accepted what had happened and came to understand something. A lot of teams don’t make it to three-straight League Championship Series. Nor do they win multiple division titles or rack up 90+ wins. But these Chicago Cubs did just that.
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So, at the end of the day, it comes down to this. Sure, I wanted another World Series championship. But this is the most exciting chapter – maybe ever – in Cubs history. I’m going to appreciate what it’s brought, both the good and the bad and enjoy the ride.