It is happening. The long, long wait is over.

cubs-logoThe Chicago Cubs and their fans are celebrating the 2016 World Series championship in Major League Baseball. Everywhere. And there is no end in sight.

Clearly the class of the major leagues this year, winning their division by 17 1/2 games. Ending 108 years of frustration, rewarding fans loyal to their franchise, many of them never expecting the Cubs to ever again win another championship. It could be argued that many of them were Cubs’ fans because the Cubs were perpetual losers.

One or two generations of fans living and dying without seeing their Cubs, some blaming the curse of a Chicago bar owner who brought his Billy goat to Wrigley Field during the 1946 World Series. After getting booted from the ball park, he placed a curse on the Cubs, saying they would never win another championship.

But they refused to desert their Cubs, remaining faithful through so many lean years. That would include my 93-year-old mother-in-law who at one time knew every player on the roster. She’s got a lot to talk about at the retirement home today, her Cubs have finally come through for her.  

The “curse” has been lifted at long last. Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs and Cubs’ fans everywhere.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “The Cubbies: 2016 World Series champions”
  1. Only fitting that the faithful but anxious Cubs fans, who had waited for sooo long, had to wait thru not only an extra inning but a rain delay also!

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