Chicago Cubs: Game of Thrones and the Cubs’ Long Winter (Part 2)

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kit Harington arrives at HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kit Harington arrives at HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: “Yes, this is my family.  And you’re not going to mess with them.”

Anthony Rizzo is now the leader of his family.  He has had to take up the mantle of “captain” and he’s the undisputed leader of the Cubs’ clubhouse.  He is consistent, smart, makes adjustments well, and willing to step up and go to bat for his family whenever there is a disturbance. He can be fiery, he can manipulate the ball the other way when he so pleases, and he has also endured some rough and even disastrous times before he was able to taste sweet success.

Rizzo was also traded and tossed around organizations before settling and gaining his footing with the Cubs. In addition, he has grown into his leadership role in part because of necessity, as he is one of the only original Cubs’ family members left standing from a time when things weren’t so good and the situation looked pretty dire for our Cubbie Bears.  He has had to mature into his role while others around him have seen their careers expire or been sent to far off places.

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While it’s sometimes hard to have a male character stand in for or replace a female character, the parallels between the eldest Stark daughter and the eldest statesman on the Cubs (at least in terms of time with the team) are too close and prevalent to ignore.

Sansa Stark has had to endure a ton of bad to get to something good, dealing at different times with three of the most unsavory characters in all of television in the forms of Joffrey Baratheon, Ramsey Bolton, and Littlefinger before becoming the Lady of Winterfell.

While both have had to endure much to get to their current positions, it appears they have taken the proverbial lemons and made lemonade.  Going forward, it’s not hard to believe that both have bright futures and will continue to enjoy some modicum of happiness and success.  And, thank goodness it seems like Anthony Rizzo’s recent wedding went a little bit better than most of the weddings in Westeros.

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