The Chicago Cubs capped a legendary regular season and League Championship Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games to win the NLCS on Oct. 22.
This marks a historic return to the World Series for the Chicago Northsiders, as the Cubs haven’t played in a World Series in 71 years.
The team is one of the original National League members, officially named the Cubs in 1903, but they have not won a World Series in 108 years. That’s the longest non-winning streak of any team that ever played in the MLB championship series.
Regardless of the longtime scarceness of post-season success, the Cubs had the best record in all of baseball by the end of September and it has stayed that way since.
On Oct. 2, the team was able to brush off their matchup against the Cincinnati Reds, taking their 103rd win of the season, tallying up the most wins the team has been able to achieve in one season since 1910.
That victory in Ohio secured the belief that the Cubs are going further than they have gone in a millennium.
Fans everywhere are going berserk in response to the success of the team, and ticket sales are already beeing sold for upwards of $3,500 on average. These are super bowl ticket numbers, and there’s going to be at least four games in the series.
EC may be 25.6 miles from Wrigley Field (if you take I-294 the whole way), but that has not stopped students and faculty from raving for the best team in MLB this year and visiting the Cub’s home field on Chicago’s north side.
Sophomore Wrestler Taylor Kistulinec was at Wrigley Field during the game against the Reds on Oct. 2. He recalls his experience being awe-inspiring.
“Appreciating other sports is a big part of being an athlete for me. I was lucky to have a friend who was selling his season pass tickets and I had no idea the game against the Reds would rewrite decades of history,” he said. “Being a part of the crowd, a part of the waves, a part of the cheering — a part of history, it was awe-inspiring for me.”
During his inaugural address earlier in the day, President VanAken announced that the sixth game of the NLCS would be streamed live in the Blume Board Room during his inaugural ball in Founder’s Lounge.
There were almost as many people watching the game in the Blume as there were students dancing and mingling in Founders.
The nail-biting game had trapped many party goers in the board room, as the Cubs dominated the Dodgers live on the projection screen.
Sophomore Michael Moore Jr. attended the ball, but felt compelled to check in on the score of the game every few minutes.
“I kept checking the score on my phone. I felt compelled, obligated even to keep up with the game,” he said. “ I kept making quick dashes to the [Blume] board room. When it was over, I was one of those people running around the room flying an invisible W.”
Even not-so-dedicated baseball fans were excited, one such fan being Sophomore Hermez Abraham.
“I’m not a huge baseball fan. But I’m a huge Chicago fan, and anytime our city in the championship, no one celebrates or supports harder than us [Chicagoans],” Abraham said. “We’re gonna fly that W again.”
The Cubs are facing the Cleveland Indians for the Commissioner’s Trophy, and neither team has tasted World Series fame in over 65 years, EC and the rest of the world’s baseball fans are ready for a historic series, and many of them will be “Flying the W.”
The first game of the series will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:08 p.m. at the Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.