By Adam Schalke
To the dismay of many Rooseveltians, and many Chicagoans throughout the city’s north side, the Chicago Cubs have lost game four of their National League Championship series against the New York Mets, and as such, are now disqualified from partaking in the World Series.
The series against the Mets did not go well at all for the Cubs, losing all of the first four games against the New York team and starting out their last game trailing them by four runs. This comes as a harsh defeat to many fans of the long-suffering Cubs, who have had infamously abysmal luck with winning the World Series. They last won a championship over a century ago in 1908. As fans of the team have grown used to saying, next year might be the year.
Unfortunately, the Chicago Cubs have to wait another year for a shot at the World Series, but as the Cubs own late hall of famer Ernie Banks said “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.”
If that’s true, then Chicago’s north side heroes are inarguably the best sports of all. If there’s a silver lining to be had in the aftermath in the Cubs defeat to the Mets, it’s the acknowledgment of an otherwise fantastic season.
It was this season that saw the Cubs reenergize their already-loyal fanbase, and drawing newly-won fans into the friendly confines. It was this season that saw Jake Arrieta emerge as a pitching powerhouse, setting records for both the season and the Cubs. It was players like Arrieta, along with teammates Kyle Schwarber, Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo and others that swept fear into the hearts of many teams in major league baseball, especially the Cardinals, who the Cubs defeated during one of their series in the postseason.
“My hopes going into the series were that the currently injured Cardinals would be able to contribute and that Jake Arrieta would lose a game against us,” Roosevelt student and Cardinals fan Monica Hawkins said. “I’m a strong believer in momentum, and the Cubs had that going into the series [against the Cardinals.]”
Although a shot at the World Series evaded the Cubs this year, perhaps their biggest success was reinvigorating hope into a long-suffering team, and the rich culture that grew out of it.
Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Wrigley’s Field attendance rose twelve percent this past season, the most in nearly two decades, and one was hard-pressed not to find more than a handful of blue shirts going down Michigan Avenue. As the saying goes, there’s always next year.