R to L: The 2016 Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 NLCS; The 1908 World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs
It’s official, the Chicago Cubs have made it to the World Series, and the devil himself is pulling out a scarf and hat to survive the sudden storm.
For those of you not well versed in American Baseball, or I as call it, The Greatest Sport Known to Man, the Chicago Cubs have not been to a World Series since 1945. That’s 71 years between appearances. Not only that, the Cubs have not won a world series since 1908. That’s right, the Chicago Cubs have not won a world series in over a century.
Let me say that again…
THE CHICAGO CUBS HAVE NOT WON A WORLD SERIES IN OVER A CENTURY.
Let’s put this into perspective, as much as we can, because let’s face it, unless you’re a die hard Cubbies fan, you don’t really understand the kind of drought that this team has had.
Television, and the modern radio had yet to be invented when the Cubs last won a world series. You couldn’t even follow along to the game unless you were there in the stands or read the paper in the next couple of days.
There have been 14 teams added to the Major League Baseball roster. That’s right, fourteen teams were not even in existence when the Cubs last won the series. Not to mention, that the NFL, NBA, and NHL weren’t even formed. That’s right, we have seen the creation of three major sports leagues and all of their participating teams, since the Cubs last won the series.
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, had yet to be built when the Cubs last won the series.
We added 4 states to make the complete union of the United States 50. That’s right, there were only 46 states when the Cubs last won the world series. Which states? New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, & Hawaii.
Basically, A LOT has happened since the Cubs won the series. But what I am super excited about (and I really mean this), is that my brothers and I have finally won the “Griffith Family Cable Debate”.
You see, growing up my family never had cable. NEVER. We had the basic networks, and nothing else. We didn’t realize that this was not normal until we got to school and found out there were whole networks dedicated to kids, and cartoons. We were missing out, and we were not happy.
We eventually got up the nerve to ask my parents if we could get cable. We had our arguments ready. We wanted cable for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel. Mom could have it for all those baking and cooking shows. And Dad would get ESPN, and every other sports channel. It was a win-win-win all around, … or so we thought.
After much pestering on our part, my father finally gave us this ultimatum:
We’ll get cable, when the Cubs win the Pennant.
We didn’t really know what that meant, but we told everyone that the Cubs needed to win the Pennant in order for us to get cable. And all the adults that we told, laughed.
We were soon schooled in the practicality of that qualification. We learned about the track record of the Cubs, and how they had not been to a series since before my dad was born. We learned that there was a curse, and that my Dad’s favorite team was (to no big surprise) the Chicago Cubs.
We learned that we would probably never get cable. That was until Saturday, October 22, 2016.
On that fateful evening, the Cubs won the National League Championship Series. (Personally, I prefer the term Pennant, but it seems to be a dying term.)
The Cubs have won the Pennant, and are headed to the World Series. The excitement I felt was enormous! This was historic! This was something for the history books! This meant my father would have to get cable!
Actually, it doesn’t mean that at all, because up until recently, my parents had at least one of their four beautiful children living at home with them. And as of September, all of us have moved out and onto our own apartments, and houses. My parents have finally been left alone in peace.
It’s also a bit tragic. In a day and age where cable is becoming less, and less of a draw, due to the constant ability to stream almost anything online through your computer, tablet, or smart TV, cable is almost obsolete. The likelihood of my parents jumping onto the cable bandwagon is so slim, it could be compared to well … you get the picture. Not only that, they have their own lives, friends, and things to do. Plus, they have moved with the times, and have their own smart tv, Netflix account, and Amazon Prime. I really doubt that cable is actually coming into the picture.
But the thought of my father finally getting to watch ESPN now that he doesn’t have to share it with a bunch of rowdy kids arguing over which team to root for, paints a beautiful, peaceful picture in my mind.
Congrats to the Cubs and all the Cubbie fans. And congrats to my father, for waiting out his children, so he has the opportunity to watch as much of his cable (or lack there of) in peace.
London Griffith is an Alaskan born, Montana raised, Southern influenced, New York Actress. She occasionally writes about her life and experiences of being on the verge ...