By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
Shortly after dawn this mild-for-early-November morning, I woke up and wondered: Was it all just a dream?
Some fictional occurrence? A tale built upon hope, anxiety and perhaps one too many beers?
But no, it actually happened. It dominated local and national news and social media channels. And, it will for a long time after the days of November get shorter and colder.
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8 to 7 in the seventh game of the 2016 World Series, ending a 108-year drought and — hopefully — ending forever tales of ineptitude and losing involving goats, jinxes, hexes and even a hapless fan reaching for a foul ball. It was a game made all the more surreal and dramatic through long balls and timely singles, great pitching and wild pitches, errors and fielding gems.
There were heroes and goats, some questionable ball and strike calls, and, for good measure, even a rain delay.
So the big question: Are the 2016 Chicago Cubs one-hit (pun intended) wonders in spikes? Given the current on-field talent, management, ownership, fan base (and, hey let’s be real here — baseball is a business) and corporate support, the Chicago Cubs will be contenders to hoist the World Series trophy for a few years to come.
The mantra, “We can’t wait until next year,” will now replace “Wait until next year.”
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But wait! There’s more recent Chicago Cubs-related thoughts from the PRDude:
- In this September 18 post, I share thoughts and observations in the waning moments of the regular season.
- On October 19, the focus centered on how “hatred” of the Cubs, as exemplified by a basketball player named Frank Kaminsky, was emblematic of some things very wrong with society today.
- And, who could forget my October 31/Halloween day commentary that somehow melded my still alive tomato plants with the Cubs’ hopes to win two in Cleveland.