As I write this today I am still in shock over this weekends events. I just can’t believe the world we are now living in.
A world where the Chicago Cubs have advanced to the World Series.
This is real you guys. In fact, last night they painted the World Series logo onto the field at Wrigley.
And you can’t take that back as easily as if it were green screened on.
THIS. IS. REAL.
If you are shaking your head trying to figure out why this is such a big deal for Cubs fans, here is some perspective. The last time the Cubs won the pennant (1945) these things did not exist (this information was taken from a meme found on Facebook)…..
3. Barbie Dolls
4. Alaska and Hawaii (as states)
5. Color Television
6. Credit Cards
To really let this sink in, let me take it back even further to 1908. The last time the Cubs actually WON the World Series. The following things did not exist (including everything in the list above 😉 ):
1. The Titanic (Construction began in 1909)
2. Donald Trump (ah, twas a good year for numerous reasons 😛 )
3. Barack Obama (See, I can be bipartisan 😉 )
4. The Wizard of Oz FILM (the book had only been out for 7 years)
5. Abraham Lincoln’s face on a penny
6. SPAM (which was unleashed on the earth in 1937. We’ve never quite recovered 😀 )
While we watched the game on Saturday (At a friends. In a ironic twist of fate, the Cubs chose the year we didn’t have access to live TV and had to find a way to watch the game away from home. On Tuesday for game one, we are going out to eat at a sports themed chicken wing chain restaurant. 😛 ) Chad took to google to find out more about the history of the Chicago Cubs and found a very interesting tidbit.
A member of the 1908 team briefly lived in our small town of Terre Haute, Indiana. (Sidenote: Yep, if you are still playing “Lulabelle Bingo” you can fill in the square that has “Where I live” on it. If you’ve been a longtime reader of mine, you also should have “First name,” “Age,” “Occupation,” and “Marital Status” filled in. #PleaseDontStealMyIdentity 😀 )
Anyway, back to the 1908 team. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown was born in Nyseville, Indiana in 1876. He was dubbed “Three Finger” after a farming accident left him with a severed index finger on his right hand. Despite this Brown was still able to play baseball and he ended his minor league career in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1901. Turning his hand deficit into an advantage, Brown learned to pitch with the remaining fingers on his hand, a technique that gave him an unparalleled curve ball.
And led him to help the Cubs clinch the 1908 World Series Title.
And on Sunday afternoon, Chad and I spent a significant amount of time at the cemetery, trying to find his grave.
No dice. 😦 And I’ve come to the conclusion that cemeteries should be organized alphabetically. Because as I was navigating my manual chair up and down the rows of tombstones, I hit a divot or something, causing my chair to fly backwards, propelling my legs over my head and landing me near an actual grave.
This totally would NOT have happened had we just gone up to the B section! 😀 (Er, probably. And I’m fine, by the way. My ego took the brunt of the fall 😉 )
So there it is guys. The world will never be the same. Game One of the World Series begins tonight at 8:08PM EST.
What I may have looked like in 1908. (OK, technically this is a 20’s look and is in color, both of which did not exist in ’08–Let it go! 😛 )
Photo appears courtesy of S-R Photography