Chicago Cubs: Real wacky stories that show how much we’ve changed

Yu Darvish / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
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Some of these Chicago Cubs stories from not so long ago, seem foolish under today’s strict health standards in the ‘new normal’.

We are all learning again, together as Chicago Cubs, as a society. It doesn’t happen too often, but there are specific mechanisms that trigger in life and change how society, whether it is American or international, behaves because of that life-changing event.

Medical threats that travel across borders are the worst, as we are experiencing today. We saw this in the HIV/AIDS epidemic where all life on the planet had to consider ‘safe sex’ or perhaps contract a killer disease. Other times, it’s been military threats that have altered behavior as Pearl Harbor did for those in the Pacific, or the 9/11 terrorist attacks did by changing all of American life.

After 9/11 we became the America of ‘lock your doors’ at night and watch what you put on the internet; we had woken from the sleep of the 80′ and the ’90s to a paranoid new internet-driven cyber revolution and amalgamation of security, conservatism and patriotism led by military strength; which continues today.

The only time we get a break in the digital media universe from the terror-fight is when something more life-altering happens as it did almost two months ago for Americans with COVID-19. Now kids growing up from an age that can spell it or write it, will know and remember COVID-19, just like older folks do with HIV/AIDS.

When there are such drastic societal changes as there are today; things that were a real ‘concern’ before these changes, now look pretty foolish. When I think back to just last year at some of the Chicago Cubs stories that came out and were technically ‘news,’ I can’t help but chuckle at how goofy the premise of these stories would be today. Let’s start with Chicago Cubs pitcher, Yu Darvish, and some problems he had with the neighbors in Evanston.