Baseball is Life

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.  They blew a 5 to 1 lead and had to squeak out a one point win in 10 innings… with a rain delay in the extra inning… but they won!  No, they WON!!!!!!!!

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But wait, Mickey, didn’t you say the world would end if the Cubs won?  Didn’t you predict they wouldn’t win for another 108 years?  Aren’t you a gol danged Cardinals’ fan?

You got that right.  The Cubs won.  The world will now end.  And I still live and die by the Cardinals’ fortunes.  But it is a case of the universe unfolding as it should.  After all, baseball is life.

You see, rooting for the underdog and being loyal forever, like a true Cubs’ fan, is something God expects in every day life from all of us… at the very least, from the best of us.  We need to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.  And what is bigger than battling a baseball curse that has lasted for 108 years and overcoming it in the end?

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How do you get Chicago Cubs to do the popcorn dance?  Either heat the field up to 250 degrees and burn their feet, or allow them to win the 7th game of the World Series.

The Billy Goat’s Curse began in 1945 during the World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.  It was the result of Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis having his pet goat Murphy banned from the ball park because of pungent smells and possible talent at making hay farts out of eating too many Cracker Jacks, box and all.

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Sianis got so mad that he sent a telegram to Cubs’ owner, Philip Wrigley saying, “You are going to lose this World Series and you are never going to win another World Series again. You are never going to win a World Series again because you insulted my goat.”

And I’ll be danged if that curse didn’t work for at least 71 years.  The Tigers beat the Cubs in 1945 and then didn’t make it back to the World Series again until 2016.  Murphy was one danged powerful goat full of mojo.   Where besides baseball do you get stories with high-octane low-calorie bull-puckey like that?

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So now, the world will end.  There is nothing left to overcome.  The spirits of Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins, and Billy Williams can now be at peace whether they are dead or not.

But wait!  The Indians themselves haven’t won since 1948.  And have you heard of the Rocky Colavito Curse?  Maybe there is reason to live still.  And, who knows, the Cardinals may be about due to win World Series number 12 next season.  I guess I can’t die just yet.

 

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