( CNN ) “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie“( 1996 ): A real science-fiction film, but with fake exchange dubbed over it. A airplane is shown in the sky. The city of Chicago is ensure down below. “I can see the Cubs lose from here, ” says the pilot.
Mockery, tendernes, cherish, loyalty, satire, masochism … the Chicago Cubs have had it all. What the government had NOT had is a championship of Major League Baseball for 108 times .
They have a lineup of fine hitters
, led by Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant , not necessarily in that ordering, and a staff of sharp pitchers
, was presided over by Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta, who will begin the National League Division Series in that ordering .
It could all go wrong, of course .
( a) The Monster are good. They impressively removed the New York Mets in a one-game wild-card showdown Wednesday night behind Madison “Mad Bum” Bumgarner, who has one of baseball’s most awesome reputations and nicknames .
( b) If the Monster don’t beat them, perhaps the Los Angeles Dodger or Washington Nationals will. One of those squads would be the antagonist in the National League Championship Series .
( c) If that doesn’t stop them, perhaps the Red Sox could, or the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers or Toronto Blue Jays. One of those squads is going to represent the American League in the World Series .
( d) They’re the Cubs !
See? I saved the worst for last-place .
Praying for the Cubs to acquire is fine. Counting on the Cubs to acquire is insane. I thought they was like a lock in 2003, necessitating five more outs to go to the World Series, when lightning strike and they tell the Florida Marlins rating eight pass in the eighth inning. Bye-bye, Cubbies. I considered their 1984 unit was on its route, until the San Diego Padres accepted their unexpected magnanimity. Bye-bye, Cubbies. I considered their 1969 unit was baseball’s best, at the least until the previously just-as-inept New York Mets acquired mincemeat of them. Bye-bye, Cubbies .
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You have to go back to 1945 to have witnessed the Chicago Cubs in a World Series, and what can I tell you, my friends, except that I do not personally go back to 1945. I am a moderately age-old dude, but even I have never seen this phenomenon in person .
Do you know who Don Johnson is ?
Bzzzz, wrong! He is not that performer who did “Nash Bridges” and “Miami Vice.” If you are a true-blue fan of the Cubs, you know that Don Johnson is a former infielder who is the last Cub ever to come to at-bat in a World Series game.( He acquired the last out of 1945. )
Do you know who Jimmy Sheckard was ?
Bet you don’t. He isn’t a household name in any household. Babe Ruth, yes. Jackie Robinson, sure. Jimmy Sheckard? No route. But if you are a true-blue fan of the Cubs, you know that Sheckard was an outfielder who played in FOUR different World Series for them .
I know it’s hard to believe, but the Cubs acquired it to the World Series four times between 1906 -1 910. They truly were a good team once — you know, back when Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft were in the White House. Before newfangled inventions like televisions came along .
Where did the Cubs go wrong? Darned if I know. I did the math and contributed up 35 musicians who are now in the Hall of Fame and played for the Cubs at one time since their last-place championship. I intend, from the Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance combo immortalized in verse to Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx and Grover Cleveland Alexander of old, to Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Bruce Sutter of later, all wore the baby bear on their sleeves for a few weeks or a year or a vocation .
Do the Cubs not know how to acquire ?
Of course they do. By baseball’s estimates, the Cubs have won 10,711 games in its own history, dating back to the 19 th century .
Do the Cubs have a curse so they can’t ever acquire ?
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Of course they don’t. This is a part of the legend and lore and sillines of the Cubs that a lot of us would like to get rid of, once and for all. Funny once upon a time, the absurdity about mysterious forces has become insipid beyond belief. It is as lame as lame can be, yet individual somewhere will carry it all out this week or next, oh that “goat” that jinxed the Cubs, ha ha ha, oh that fan who interfered with the pellet, blah blah blah .
This is why the Cubs must acquire and acquire soon! We must set a permanent cease to this nincompoopery, so please, pretty delight, tell 2016 be the last of it .
WILL the Cubs acquire ?
It really is quite a quandary, isn’t it? What sees them special, what sees the Cubs the Cubs, could be lost forever if they do. It would be Charlie Brown eventually kicking the football. What sees the Cubs popular isn’t necessarily being a winner .
On that fateful period in 1908 when they last-place grew champs, do you know how many witness were in the grandstand in Detroit to see the game? A grand total of 6,210
. So it isn’t like Chicagoans turned up there in droves .
I decline to affirm this the Cubs’ year. I refuse to even believe this will be the Cubs’ century. I am not getting any younger, though , nor is Planet Earth, exactly in case they care to boldly travel where no Cub team in this lifetime has gone before .
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