The World Series of the century came to a close last Wednesday, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians, in what was maybe the craziest game that I have ever seen. As a fan of neither of these teams, I could still feel the intensity running through my veins. Game 7 was filled with lead changes, extra innings, and to top it all off, a rain delay? Baseball got exactly what it needed from this series and even more.
After 108 long years, the World Series Trophy is back in the North side of Chicago. This city has seen years of heartbreak, but has continually stayed a baseball town. DAAA Bears and the Blackhawks had many years of success, winning multiple championships in their respective sports. But Cubs’ fans never strayed and continually sold out Wrigley Field each and every year. So let’s take a look back through history at what has transpired over the 108 year World Series drought.
First, in the light of the presidential election, there have been 17 new presidents elected. There have been multiple wars including, World War I, War World II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. Prices have seen a drastic incline since the Cubs last World Series Championship as well. The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour and a gallon of gas was just 20 cents. The MLB in 1908 only fielded 16 teams, nearly half of what the league is today. And lastly, the cumulative debt of the United States in 1908 was just $2 Billion compared to the present day, $19 Trillion. Presidents have been elected, wars have transpired, prices have escalated, teams have been added, and debt continues to rise, but one thing has always stayed consistent, the Cubs NEVER win.
Rob Manfred and the rest of the MLB are jumping for joy over in the league office right about now. As time has transpired, baseball has fallen behind the times, becoming “too slow” and “boring.” Game 7 proved to be everything but that. Viewership of game 7 escalated to 40 million which is the highest since game 7 of the 1991 World Series. The MLB has been asking for a game like this for years. Fans have become more inclined to watch the NBA and the NFL because of the fast pace of play. Baseball will never be that and the league should not try to force it. What the league needs is more storylines like the Cubs and matchups like the one that pitted the two longest championship droughts against each other. Fans complain about the pace of the game as to the reason they don’t watch. But game 7 Wednesday night took forever. The pace was slow, there were constant pitching changes, and even a rain delay, but that didn’t stop people from tuning in. In fact, I think it helped create a better story, and drug out the drama to an even crazier extent.
The Cubs have become America’s sweethearts. They are young, hungry, and talented beyond their years. Baseball fans across the United States are realizing the impact that this club has on the league. Don’t be surprised if you see the Cubs in the same position next year as well. This squad is primed to make multiple runs at a World Series, and who knows they could create a much different streak than the one that haunted them for over 108 years.