It was a very memorable weekend for baseball fans but all the more important to Cubs fans. It has been 71 years since the Cubs last graced its fan base with a World Series appearance and the road back has been nothing short of emotional. Mike Greenberg from ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show stated, “This is the reason why I love sports the way I do, for moments like this.” I totally agree and I’m not a Cubs fan. It was the tears, the elderly people who have waited a lifetime sitting in the bleachers, my generation who’ll be able to tell the story, and all the other small moments shared we may never know about. To see the city come together the way it did was truly a fun and amazing sight to see.
Before I go further, I must commend the play of Kyle Hendricks…unrattled and poised as he made easy work of the Dodgers bats in this close out game. As always, Athletes Arise takes pride in commending the hard work and commitment to success shown by any athlete. I know his body of work is much bigger than game 6 but I was highly impressed and could see why his resume is what it is.
The World Series brings us a very emotional matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to know that these two cities have been married to disappoint for more than a lifetime. Numerous letdowns for the Indians over the last 30 years have left these baseball fans hungry for a title. If time allows, I recommend you watch “Believeland” the ESPN 30/30 on Cleveland and its failed mission to capture a championship until this past summer.
Then there are the Cubs, who have went from being flat out unlucky to booking a ticket to the big dance. Praise must first go to Theo Epstein on his phenomenal job turning this organization around, and secondly, Joe Madden on a great job managing the team this year. I have never been this excited to watch a baseball series of any kind but with the story lines and bragging rights on the line in this one, I wouldn’t miss it. You shouldn’t either!! Good luck Chicago Cubs, bring our city home a championship!!