Fans of the game will tell you that if you watch long enough, you will see something you’ve never seen before. Sometimes the impossible is possible. The unlikely happens. Today was one of those days. Against all odds, down 9-1, in frigid Chicago temperatures, the sky spitting rain and snow, the hometown Cubs mount an epic comeback and win the game 14-10. Days like today is why we watch. You never know what’s going to happen. You never know if your team will beat the odds and send the crowd home happy. You never know if today, this game, this at-bat will be the one that makes a player a legend. This. Is. Why. We. Watch.
The Cubs have been considered “lovable losers” for so long that for fans who have been there through the lean times, it can be hard to acclimate ourselves to what winning feels like. That’s why when the team hits one of those inevitable rough patches, hardened fans are sometimes quick to criticize. It can be seen all over the internet, from comments on articles and blog posts to messages on Facebook and Twitter. It’s our default coping mechanism. We just don’t know how to be fans of a winning team. So this is why we watch. We are secretly waiting for the magic to be over. The clock will strike midnight and the World Series trophy will turn back into another losing season (not a pumpkin since the Cubs aren’t used to playing in October).
But, no matter how hard it is for the lifers; let’s make no mistake about it—this is happening. This is what we are doing. Winning. True, with a 7-7 record so far this season, it doesn’t feel like it right now, but looking at it big picture, we are winning. We are winners. Let that sink in for just a minute. The Cubs actually won the World Series. We are perennial playoff contenders. And this is why we watch.
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