Had the Chicago Cubs lost the World Series, the New York Times would have included this
image on the cover of their sports page with the caption “make that 109 years without a title
for the team that is a portrait of futility.”
Forgive me for my being so naive, I’m from Canada and am not entirely familiar with the rivalries between American cities. But had the Chicago Cubs lost the World Series, the New York Times was planning (and hoping actually) to run a front cover that included this picture along with a caption that read “make that 109 years without a title for the team that is the portrait of futility.”
What did the Cubs ever do to New York to deserve such treatment? Now I may be mistaken in assuming that the New York Times speaks for the majority of New Yorker’s, and if I am, I apologize. In case you New Yorker’s aren’t familiar with the term apologize, it simply means TO EXPRESS REGRET FOR DOING OR SAYING SOMETHING WRONG. I apologize again if that was rude of me to say, it’s just that the last time anyone from New York actually apologized for something you’d probably have to go back to before the second to last time the Cubs won a World Series. Is it not enough that the City of New York has got to enjoy seeing the New York Yankees win 27 world championships, that a major New York newspaper still feels the need to rub it in the Cubs faces that had they lost again, it would have been, as the Times put it, 109 years of futility.
One thing I’ve learned about the Cubs unfortunate run of bad luck this past century, was that there were two groups with differing opinions on the matter. Those who felt empathy for the Cubs and wanted to see them win…and those who had some sick-twisted interest in seeing them continue to go so long without a world series. For those of you who hoped for the Cubs run of bad luck to continue, please seek help, because the world doesn’t need that sort of negativity directed at a group who’s suffered as long as the Cubs had.
Sure the Cubs have been a big loser in the standings for the majority of the past century, but where the Cubs should be applauded is how they’ve embraced and preserved their history, as well as a big part of the history of baseball by not tearing down Wrigley Field much like so many other teams have done over the years (Wink Wink, Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds to name a few). Before this year, the Cubs had never won a world series as long as they’d been playing at Wrigley Field, but it was never an excuse for them to go ahead and tear down that beautiful old ballpark of theirs. Whereas the Yankees, New York’s premiere team, thought it best to go ahead and tear down old Yankee Stadium, and in so doing, tore down all of the rich history that came with winning so many championships, and which also housed some of the greatest legends to have ever played the game.
For the past 108 years, in the standings and on the scoreboard, the Cubs have for the most part been a “portrait of futility”, but thankfully that’s now changed. What one should respect and appreciate about the Cubs over this past century however, is how they’ve gone about embracing their history, traditions, and loyalties, whereas much of the rest of North America has gone about neglecting theirs. When it comes to their preservation of history and so many of the things that are most wonderful about baseball, the Cubs are a portrait of excellence. To you Yankees, you could have learned a few things over the years from the Cubs. The first thing, you never tear down a classic-style ballpark, especially one that played home to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter. And the second thing, if you’re going to continue with your habit of pilfering so many of the Red Sox best players, you probably should have considered pilfering their old General Manager as well.