Chicago Cubs: What fan doesn’t love this moment?
While the uniform above is hardly a favorite of fans or uniform connoisseurs, it has extreme and intoxicating nostalgic value for anyone who is a fan of the Chicago Cubs. Why? Because, as you know from the iconic picture above, that blue alternate jersey was worn in the 2016 World Series. More importantly, it was worn in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. The rest, as they say, is history.
With royal blue dominating almost the entire jersey, an oversized blue walking bear encased in a red “C” on the left chest, and a beer league softball look to it, the current blue alternate jerseys of the Cubs are anything but classy and sophisticated. However, they seem (and seemed) to be favorites for many of the Cubs’ pitchers, the guys who often decide which uniform to wear when there is a choice. Kyle Hendricks seems to often wear this particular jersey on the road (they wore them Saturday night, as an example).
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Arrieta often wore this away jersey when he was with the Cubs. Yu Darvish also seems to prefer this particular alternate choice quite often when he’s on the hill away from Wrigley Field. Perhaps they’re more comfortable than the road grays, perhaps more colorful. Whatever the reason the team chooses to wear these, they’ve become synonymous with success.
Just within this recent run of success, some iconic memories were forged in these simple and colorful blue jerseys. Arrieta and Kyle Schwarber wore this jersey when the Cubs beat the Pirates in the epic 2015 Wild Card game. They wore it in Game of 2 of the World Series, the first game on in a World Series in over 100 years. They also wore it in Game 6 of the World Series when they pushed the Indians to a Game 7 with a 9-3 win.
Most importantly, these particular jerseys have indelibly seared that iconic image of ultimate triumph in the minds and hearts of all Cubs fans because of their part in the aforementioned Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. They’re not a great looking jersey or iconic, but the Cubs won the World Series in these puppies- they’re on the list!