Written by Tom O'Reilly, Investment Analyst
These are certainly exciting times for sports fans in the City of Chicago, baseball-inclined ones in particular. The Cubs have just tied their National League Championship Series with the LA Dodgers 2-2, at the time of writing, and have regained home-field advantage. Just two more wins and they’ll be in their first World Series since 1945.
While I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m a pretty big White Sox fan, it has definitely been fun watching the whole Chicagoland area rally around the Cubs this time of year, and with good reason. Not only did the team have a historically great regular season in winning 103 games due to excellent starting pitching and a great lineup, but after last year’s NLCS loss, Cubs fans have been eyeing a World Series championship this season. This whole season has been one huge party in Wrigleyville as the team has captured the imaginations of so many fans with their excellent play and young roster. As cliché as it may sound, the enthusiastic vibe around a city with a beloved sports team making a much anticipated playoff run is undeniable. Everywhere I go in the city or suburbs, I see the Cubs’ W flag flying high from apartment balconies, car doors or bar rooftops.
I vividly remember the Sox winning the World Series back in 2005, when I was in eighth grade. Though that was more than a decade ago, to me it truly feels like the Southsiders swept the Houston Astros just yesterday. It was a dream come true for a 14-year old kid like me who grew up going to countless games at Comiskey Park. The day of the parade, my dad took my brother and I out of school early so we could attend and watch the entire team ride through the Loop on open-deck buses. The Sox had their own significant World Series drought dating back to 1917 and you could tell by the excitement shown by the Chicagoans dotting the route; an estimated 1.2 million people were in the crowd that day and everyone there could not have been more elated.
I know Cubs fans have dreamed of such a day for a long time, and I’m hoping they will get the chance to experience it soon. The majority of my family members and friends are Cubs fans and it would be great to see them feel the same way I did 11 years ago. Chicago has been lucky enough to enjoy title celebrations for all of the city’s other four professional teams in the last 30 years, and it seems like the most recent one is always the biggest, and the best. The Cubs have been the best team in the MLB all year and it’s undoubtedly their turn to win a title for their devoted fans and all of Chicagoland.
Tom O’Reilly | Investment Analyst
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