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Cubs Win

The Cubs have won the World Series.

Yes, you read that right. The Cubs have won the World Series, for the first time in one hundred and eight years. They are weeping in Cleveland and dancing in the streets of Chicago.

Surely the end of days is at hand. The seventh seal has broken, some rough beast is slouching toward Bethlehem (or Washington, D.C.), pigs are flying. The Cubs have come back from being down three games to one, and that bleating you hear is the billy goat that cursed them so long ago.

Somewhere Harry Carey is saying "Holy Cow," and Steve Goodman is singing.

Truth be told, I'm a Mets fan. We have our own agonies, sharing a city with the Yankees. But it's nothing like the pain Cubs fans have known. We will always have 1969. A painful memory for Cubs fans, and golden one for Mets fans. And we will always have 1986. Agony for Red Sox fans, magic for Mets fans... and especially for Parris and me, who were actually there for game six, in great seats four rows up on the first base side, so close to the field that we could see the stitches on the ball as it rolled between Bill Buckner's legs.

But I digress. As I saying, I'm a Mets fan... but I did go to college at Northwestern (1966-1971), and did my VISTA service in Chicago (1971-1973), and lived there in Uptown afterwards (1973-1976), so I have a certain affection for the Cubbies too. I certainly enjoyed many a lazy spring and fall afternoon sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley, both in college and after. (Okay, okay, living in Chicago and being surrounded by Cubs fans as I was, I took a certain cruel pleasure from the Mets classic run in 1969, mea culpa). I'd still prefer the Mets to win it all... but if it can't be them, I'm glad it was the Cubs. Chicago is a great city, Wrigley is a great field, and Steve Goodman was a great songwriter.

So congratulations to all my friends in the Second City. Enjoy the moment. Let's hope it isn't another hundred and eight years before it comes again.

There is one fly in the ointment, though. Last week, when the Cubs were down 3 games to 1, Nate Silver wrote that Trump had as much chance of winning the election as the Cubs did of winning the series.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Cubs have won the World Series. The end is nigh.



Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
Cubs Win
have faith George- it will be HRC. Not the creature
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
Greetings from Venezuela!
I didn't know you love baseball, Mr Martin. Here in Venezuela we follow the mlb as if it was ours, 5 venezuelans players in the Cubs makes us very proud. I hope the time for the Mets will come soon.

You are very admired in Venezuela and in all South America, your books changed the way i understand Fantasy Novel. Thank you for that world you gave us, for all the characters, even those we hate. Thank you.

I would love to meet you someday, but meanwhile this seems like the perfect way to let you know that somewhere south you are very loved.

Please apologize my English, i'm doing my very best.

Sincerely yours, César Bayone.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Greetings from Venezuela!
So glad to find someone from my own country here in GRRM's Not a blog. We love you, George, that's true. Me, personally, more than baseball.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
Nate Silver's comment was all I thought about during the game last night. Here's hoping Trump strikes out.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
Nevermind. The Cubs decide the World Series, but we decide the election. Keep speaking up until Election Day and don't stop until it's won.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
This can only mean that the Mormonts win the Game of Thrones.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
cubs win
God help us all if Trump is elected. For all our sakes I hope Nate Silver is wrong.
Tom Langford
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
Has anyone else never watched a single second of baseball and yet always reads George's baseball related blog posts? He puts his charm even into everything so I enjoy even these things I couldn't care less about.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
As it relates to the election...
George, fun fact: this is something like the ninth Game 7 in a presidential year. And oddly enough, they have all connected so far. Every time an AL team has won Game 7, the Republican nominee has been elected president. And every time the NL team has won, the Democrat was elected.

So thank Ben Zobrist if things go your way next week!
April Hill
Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
South Side is Cheerring, too.
I've been a White Sox fan since I was nine, but I couldn't help but feel excited for game seven. I knew it was coming because theyve been spending like the NY Yankees-on pure youth and talent.

You should see all the blue in the downtown area; I thought I might drown. Yes, Chicago is amazing. An excellent sports town. I wouldn't live anywhere else.

Edited at 2016-11-03 09:37 pm (UTC)
Alexander Pendergrass
Nov. 3rd, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
My brother-in-law and his fiancee just moved to your old neighborhood. My wife and I visited over the weekend (to see Hamilton, highly recommended!) and they were very excited to tell me that you used to haunt the place. Any good restaurants you might recommend in Uptown for the next time we're there?
Nov. 3rd, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
Ah... there weren't any great restaurants in Uptown when I lived there (1971 to 1976). A few good ones, but they are all gone now. None of the Asian restaurants were there yet; the move of Chinatown to Argyle happened after I left. Uptown was run-down and dangerous but cheap in those days (the 'cheap' was why I lived there); dive bars, diners, check cashing shops, thrift stores, and titty bars were Argyle's main claim to fame.

I did love the neighborhood movie theatres, the Riviera and (especially) the Uptown. If you love old movie palaces, the Uptown is one of the great ones. A ruin now, but one day, I hope, it will be restored and reopened.
Alex Lubertozzi
Nov. 3rd, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
Beautifully put
As a Cub fan since the late 70s, I know you usually end up rooting for the team you rooted for as a kid and/or the team your dad loved, as I did. But it can be hard pulling for a team that's only ever delivered heartbreak. Even so, I could never have switched loyalties even if I'd wanted to (and times were I thought about it). I love that you shared Steve Goodman's great "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request," which really captures that angst. It's a better song than "Go Cubs, Go," but doesn't really work as something for the crowd to sing along with after a win, of course. I'm glad Cub fans can finally bury the curse. It's a beautiful day for a funeral.

Also, it's amazing how winning the World Series can soften the bitterness you feel toward the teams that tormented you for decades. They were only doing their jobs, after all. Thanks for the post.

Edited at 2016-11-03 09:32 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
It seems back to the future part 2 was off by one year in terms off the cubs winning. Shame they weren't playing against Miami.

Edited at 2016-11-04 02:26 am (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2016 04:40 am (UTC)
Thank you George I came to Chicago about 3 months ago which made me a Cubs fan by default. I spent all last night celebrating in the streets of this great city.
Jonathan Kolf
Nov. 4th, 2016 05:58 am (UTC)
The Cubs didn't win as much as The Indians lost. 3-1 lead and they couldn't seal the deal. Let's hope Hillary can also snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Nov. 4th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
Happy for Cubs fans
I love the history of baseball and this was the biggest part of its history that could still be changed. I loved the result but would have been happy for Cleveland fans too.


I am a Yankees fan who also roots for the Mets... despite, for whatever reason, people constantly telling me I'm not "allowed" to do that. As if I seek permission for the things I enjoy.

I fell asleep during game 6 in 1986. I woke up thinking the Mets had lost. I went into the kitchen as my mom was making pancakes and I asked if it was to make me feel better about the loss. She thought I was kidding. I didn't even know they had won until I went to school because the morning paper had gone to print before the game ended and it only had coverage about the game but not the final score.

Those were the days.



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