Chicago Cubs Fans Show Great Loyalty, They’re Going To Need It
To say that Chicago Cubs fans are a rare breed is an understatement worthy of the Guinness Book of Records. Dedicated doesn’t begin to describe the loyalty they have shown. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908 – a full 104 years and yet last year the team attracted 3,017,966 fans when the league average was 2,547,018.
It doesn’t look like things are going to get better anytime soon; BOVADA sports betting has the Cubs at 100/1 to win the Series in 2013 even after a flurry of off-season moves. These moves include signing third baseman Ian Stewart, right handed starters Scott Feldman, whose career ERA is a less than stellar 4.81, Scott Baker who has recently had Tommy John surgery, Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Jackson. That’s a whole lot of righties. The team also added closer Kyuji Fujikawa to the bullpen from Japan.
Baseball fans loyalty is a well documented phenomenon perhaps the best known being Red Sox fans and the 86 year Curse of the Bambino that saw Boston go without a championship from 1918, when they traded Babe Ruth, to 2004.
It is amazing to think of the events and changes that have taken place since the Cubs won: two World Wars, medical advancements, the moon landing and other space related accomplishments, to say nothing of the Internet.
At the risk of sounding like a guy from Montreal picking on the Maple Leafs, hypothetically speaking and with foresight, it would have been interesting to have approached a Leafs’ fan while he was celebrating the team’s 1967 Stanley Cup and tell him that before the Leafs would win another Cup, the Toronto franchise in Major League Baseball’s American League would win not one, but two World Series! He would have suggested you have your head checked, and yet …
I tip my cap to loyal fans everywhere!
Deegan Stubbs is a baseball fan who still laments the loss of his beloved Expos. He blogs as DCMontreal at http://dcmontreal.wordpress.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter @DCMontreal