Once again, the Chicago Cubs choked in the post season. Am I disappointed? Absolutely? Am I surprised? Not really. I’m used to it. Part of being a Cubs fan is accepting the curse.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the ways of the Cubs, let me explain the Curse. First of all, the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. The Cubs enjoyed success until 1945. The Cubs were in the World series playing the Detroit Tigers. The owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, a Greek Immigrant named Billy Sianis, bought two tickets. One for himself, and one for his Billy Goat, Murphy. Upon entering the park, people were complaining about the smell, and Mr. Sianis appealed to the owner of the Cubs, P.K. Wrigley, who ordered that the goat was not welcome. At this point, Billy Sianis, RAISED HIS ARMS and pronounced this curse: “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.” The Cubs choked in that World Series and after they were swept at home the next year, at which point, Billy sent Mr. Wrigley a note that said, “Who stinks now?”
Cubs fans are used to this, but it’s starting to hurt to always say, “Next year will be our year.” After witnessing this post season against the Dodgers, even the least superstitious among us can’t help but remember the curse. Alas, being a Cubs fan means you don’t know success, and you are CONSTANTLY hoping for the future. “Someday we’ll go all the way”
Which brings me to our musical selection to commemorate this event. Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam, is a Cubs fan and once met Ernie Banks. Mr. Banks didn’t know who Vedder was, but when he learned he was a musician, he asked him to write a song about the Cubs. And as Eddie explained at the concert, “When Ernie banks tells you to write a song, YOU WRITE A SONG!”