Sunday, August 15, 2010


Cubs Shirt

Part of the theme of yesterday's post was futility. Today's theme is the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The Cubs have not won the baseball World Series in 102 years (the team is 140 years old), a longer championship drought than any other major North American professional sports team. Our team has won the championship 10 times in that span, second in baseball only to the New York Yankees. The Crowe family attended the Cardinals - Cubs game yesterday.

According to Wikipedia:
The Cubs enjoyed one more [National League] pennant at the close of World War II, finishing 98–56. Due to the wartime travel restrictions, the first three games of the 1945 World Series were played in Detroit, where the Cubs won two games, including a one-hitter by Claude Passeau, and the final four were played at Wrigley. In Game 4 of the Series, the Curse of the Billy Goat was allegedly laid upon the Cubs when P.K. Wrigley ejected Billy Sianis, who had come to Game 4 with two box seat tickets, one for him and one for his goat. They paraded around for a few innings, but Wrigley demanded the goat leave the park due to its unpleasant odor. Upon his ejection, Mr. Sianis uttered, "The Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." The Cubs lost Game 4, lost the Series, and have not been back since. It has also been said by many that Sianis put a "curse" on the Cubs, apparently preventing the team from playing in the World Series.
Feelings run high between fans of the Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. In the top photo, one of the heirs of the St. Louis Daily Photo fortune expresses her opinion about her husband's preferred team. Below, we see that the Cardinals admit almost anyone with a paid ticket and that the Cubs' talented but hotheaded pitcher Carlos Zambrano thanks Heaven that he can escape the field alive. The problem was that, um, the Cubs won the game and red-clad Cardinals fans skulked out of the stadium.

Go Cubs

Carlos Zambrano

Crowd Leaving The Stadium


Birdman said...

Got a theory about grown men wearing 'uniforms' of favorite teams when they are over 30. But that's for another day. I do like that first shot... right to the point! Go Red Sox!

Virginia said...

Well I bet that was an interesting ride home for the Crowe clan! ( coulda cut it with a knife!)

I'm home from my little road trip to Cincinnati. Back to blog visits!

U "R" Us said...

Really good selection of non-standard ballgame shots. Particularly good capture of Big Z.

Paula said...

Certainly one of your cleverer posts. I'm not into team sports but I appreciate the deep sentiments that people have for their chosen lot.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Really like the red, white, & blue of the last shot.

Steffe said...

My only question is why they call it the world series. Shouldn't it be the American League or something.