Okay but first, let’s just push aside the fact that almost everyone I’ve talked to has mentioned nothing else except how shitty of a year 2016 has been. Yeah a lot of stuff happened, things were bad. I probably cried more in 2016 and had more mental breakdowns this year than any other year I can remember, but guess what?!
THE CUBS WON THE FREAKEN WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!
So here are my Top 5 Reasons Why The Chicago Cubs World Series was The Highlight of 2016 (and am I allowed to say life or is that too dramatic?)
- All Curses Have Been Broken
Why are there so many crazy curses and stories about the Chicago Cubs?!
The curse of the goat. When Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis brought his goat Murphy to the 4th game of the 1945 World Series at Wrigley, he caused problems. The goat smelled pretty terrible and ended up getting kicked out. On his way out, Sianis said that they Cubs “ain’t gonna win no more.”
Then you had Steve Bartman, who knocked a foul ball away from Moises Alou in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Chicago ended up losing to the series to the Marlins.
In 1969, a black cat appeared in front of the Chicago Cub’s dugout and circled Ron Santo during a game. It casted a bad omen because shortly after, the Cubs slipped from first place and the New York Mets went on to Win the World Series.
Also, the Kwa-Ma-Rolas totem pole was erected on Lake Shore Drive in 1929. Native American legend believes that it should be facing east toward Lake Michigan but instead it faces Wrigley Field. Some even believe that this is a bad omen!
But here we are now, in 2016…
Despite all those damn curses and crazy stories that everyone put on the Cubbies, they did it. They really freaken did it.
2. This Team was so Deserving of a World Series
This team is my absolute favorite Chicago Cubs team! I’ve been going to Cubs Conventions with my dad off and on since I was 6 years old. I met Ernie Banks, ate at Harry Carray’s, went to Michael Jordan’s. My dad, born in Chicago, has educated me on the Chicago Cubs team for a long, long time. I’ve had Sammy Sosa trashcans, Kerry Wood Beanie Babies, but to me, this 2016 team is so special.
I follow a few of the players on instagram. I love Rizzo’s relationship with Kris Bryant, they are absolute friend goals. I love Grandpa Rossi and I’m so glad he got to end his last year with a World Series Win. I love Baez’s spunk and absolutely crazy game time decisions. I love Ben Zobrist and his relationship with his wife, they are the cutest! Not to mention, have you seen Kris Bryant and his fiancé lip syncing to Frozen together?? How about Addison Russell and his adorable family?
How about the amount of work and love and support that they GIVE BACK to the community. Anthony Rizzo and the amount of work he has done for others. How inspiring he is and how he is literally a light, an escape, and an inspiration for kids who feel like they have none. Anthony Rizzo’s charity foundation can be found at this link: http://rizzo44.com His goal is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support for children who are sick and also for their families.
3. Heaven was Screaming with Chicago Cubs Fans
I’ll admit- when the Cubs got into the World Series, not to mention when they WON the World Series, I felt a strange feeling of sadness. I wish my grandparents were sitting on the couch next to me to witness it all. We’d be eating cannolis and screaming at the tv and all cheering together as a family.
But I found comfort knowing that every single Cubs fan was on the same page. News articles appeared in the media that made me cry happy tears. From videos of the brick wall where people wrote to their deceased loved ones in celebration of the Cubbies, to the video about the man who drove to listen to the Cubs with his dad at the cemetery.
This team brings people together and that is a bond that will never, ever go away.
4. The Crowd Made Me Cry
Although I typically consider myself an emotional person to begin with, I did not expect to start CRYING during the World Series games. I’d be watching it in a room with other people and they would just look at me like I was insane. Why would I be crying?
Well. Did you SEE all the elderly people, praying for their Cubbies to win the World Series?? Imagine living the majority of your life and never seeing your favorite team win the World Series. Imagine that feeling. I love seeing people happy and to see so many people so happy over The Chicago Cubs was one of the most amazing things to witness. If you weren’t able to see, here are some of my favorites:
Not to mention, Pink Hat Guy at all the games. (And don’t you just love his wife for making him wear that?)
5. I’d say I believe in miracles after the Cubs won the World Series, but what I really believe in is hard work.
To say that the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series is a miracle, is to imply that they did not earn it themselves. And I’m sorry but this team totally earned it all themselves. This team has been so inspiring. They have been so lovable, so personable, and such good kind hearted people and players. But on top of that, they have literally been stepping it up and playing the best possible game they could play. They are a young team, with lots of potential, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for the Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Series Champions!!!!!!!!!!
So Cubs fans, unite! Tell me all the reasons why the Cubs winning was so magical for you. And please post some of your own Cubbies photos in the comments section! 🙂