I'll be celebrating the start of October - not with a big festival of beer tents, but by cheering on my favorite team as they enter the postseason. I'm hoping the number 100 will be a lucky one for my Chicago Cubs. Perhaps this will be the last season we'll have to utter the words, "Wait until next year."
There have been some seasons where they've come so close. The gateway to the playoffs opens, but another shuts before they the world series is within sight. There is a generation, now gray-haired and collecting social security, who can recall a time when the Cubs did make it to the world series. The number of people who were alive the last time they held a world series title is small and dwindling by the day.
As someone pointed out to me the other day, the Friendly Confines (aka Wrigley Field) have never been home to a world championship team and despite laborous maintenance and planned improvements, there will be a day in the not so distant future when the bricks and ivy will exist no more and the team will be marching out onto a field in a high-tech, yet much less charming, ballpark. How sweet it would be for that title to be won while the team is till playing in its historic home.
One other piece of the story I would truly like to see is a World Series match up of both Chicago teams. At present, the Sox are .5 game behind the Twins, but I really am hoping to see them make it into the playoffs. It has happened once before many years ago (102 to be exact) that the two faced eachother in a world series. Why not again in 2008?
Some say there would be absolute mayhem in Chicago if it came to that, but one Sox fan I know suggested to me that it may not be all that bad. After all, you wouldn't see Cubs fan rioting in the streets and flipping over cars. That's because when they won a world series they would have had to flip over horse-drawn buggies. Ha! Ha!