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    98 Years and Counting

    Even though the Reds got the crap kicked out of them last night, there was one silver lining that occurred. When the Dodgers beat the Cubs last night, combined with San Diego's win over the Reds, that once again eliminated the Chicago Cubs from the playoffs and marks the 98th consecutive year that they will have not won a World Series. This was a foregne conclusion since July but I like to wait until it becomes official. It brings great joy to my heart that the Cubs - and by extention, most of their pathetic fans - will not be celebrating a World's Championship.

    Now, just to give you an idea on how long it has been since the Cubs won the World Series, here are some major events that have occurred since 1908.

    Major Events that Have Occurred Since the Chicago Cubs Won Their Last World Series

    -Both radio and TV were invented...
    -Fourteen teams were added to Major League Baseball...
    -George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th --and 100th birthdays...
    -Haley's comet passed Earth,....twice ...
    -Harry Caray was born, and died...
    -The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league...
    -The US fought in two world wars, the Korean War, Vietnam War and 2 Persian Gulf Wars
    -Man landed on the moon...
    -Sixteen US presidents were elected...
    -Eleven amendments added to the Constitution...
    -Prohibition was created and repealed...
    -The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, and was re discovered...
    -Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League...
    -Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants, which have since rusted and been taken down...
    -A combination of 40 Summer and Winter Olympics have been held...
    -Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown...
    -Swing music, bell-bottoms, and disco came in style, went out of style and came back in style...
    -The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins have all won the World Series; what next, the Expos?!?
    -The Cubs played almost 15,000 regular-season games, losing the majority of them...
    -Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were admitted to the Union...


    When I think of the Cubs being eliminated from post-season play the following song comes to mind.

    A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request
    by Steve Goodman (1983)

    By the shore's of old Lake Michigan
    Where the "hawk wind" blows so cold
    An old Cub fan lay dying
    In his midnight hour that tolled
    Round his bed, his friends had all gathered
    They knew his time was short
    And on his head they put this bright blue cap
    From his all-time favorite sport
    He told them, "Its late and its getting dark in here"
    And I know its time to go
    But before I leave the line-up
    Boys, there's just one thing I'd like to know

    Do they still play the blues in Chicago
    When baseball season rolls around
    When the snow melts away,
    Do the Cubbies still play
    In their ivy-covered burial ground
    When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
    But now they only bring fatigue
    To the home of the brave
    The land of the free
    And the doormat of the National League

    Told his friends "You know the law of averages says: Anything will happen that can"
    That's what it says
    "But the last time the Cubs won a National League pennant Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan"
    The Cubs made me a criminal
    Sent me down a wayward path
    They stole my youth from me
    (that's the truth)
    I'd forsake my teachers
    To go sit in the bleachers
    In flagrant truancy

    And then one thing led to another
    and soon I'd discovered alcohol, gambling, dope football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis
    But what do you expect,
    When you raise up a young boy's hopes
    And then just crush 'em like so many paper beer cups.

    Year after year after year
    after year, after year, after year, after year, after year 'Til those hopes are just so much popcorn for the pigeons beneath the 'L' tracks to eat
    He said, "You know I'll never see Wrigley Field, anymore before my eternal rest
    So if you have your pencils and your score cards ready, and I'll read you my last request
    He said, "Give me a double header funeral in Wrigley Field On some sunny weekend day (no lights)
    Have the organ play the "National Anthem" and then a little 'na, na, na, na, hey hey, hey, Goodbye'
    Make six bullpen pitchers, carry my coffin and six ground keepers clear my path
    Have the umpires bark me out at every base
    In all their holy wrath
    Its a beautiful day for a funeral, Hey Ernie lets play two! Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back, and conduct just one more interview
    Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field, Have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly
    Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
    And I'll be ready to die

    Build a big fire on home plate out of your Louisville Sluggers baseball bats,
    And toss my coffin in
    Let my ashes blow in a beautiful snow
    From the prevailing 30 mile an hour southwest wind
    When my last remains go flying over the left-field wall
    Will bid the bleacher bums adíeu
    And I will come to my final resting place, out on Waveland Avenue

    The dying man's friends told him to cut it out
    They said stop it that's an awful shame
    He whispered, "Don't Cry, we'll meet by and by near the Heavenly Hall of Fame
    He said, "I've got season's tickets to watch the Angels now, So its just what I'm going to do
    He said, "but you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs, So its me that feels sorry for you!"
    And he said, "Ahh Play, play that lonesome losers tune, That's the one I like the best"
    And he closed his eyes, and slipped away
    What we got is the Dying Cub Fan's Last Request
    And here it is

    Do they still play the blues in Chicago
    When baseball season rolls around
    When the snow melts away,
    Do the Cubbies still play
    In their ivy-covered burial ground
    When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
    But now they only bring fatigue
    To the home of the brave
    The land of the free
    And the doormat of the National League

    The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    "Strickland Propane... Taste the meat, not the heat." - Hank Hill

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    I used to have a great soft spot for the Cubs. Then I met their fans.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    A couple of corrections

    Radio was invented in 1901

    Oklahoma entered the Union in 1907

    Otherwise, carry on.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    -Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants, which have since rusted and been taken down...

    I loved that one!
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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    -Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants, which have since rusted and been taken down...
    I loved that one!
    Of course, out of fairness to the Cubs, when they built Wrigley in 1914, they had been to the World Series four times including three consecutive seasons (1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910), winning back to back in the middle years. It wasn't chutzpah to put those poles up - just some completely rotten luck.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    Of course, out of fairness to the Cubs, when they built Wrigley in 1914, they had been to the World Series four times including three consecutive seasons (1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910), winning back to back in the middle years. It wasn't chutzpah to put those poles up - just some completely rotten luck.
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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    Here, here... everyone raise their "goat"-milk glasses and take a celebratory drink to honor this great feat!

    Last edited by RedFanAlways1966; 09-14-2006 at 01:09 PM.
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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    I don't usually root against teams but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A team has a legitimate chance to go a century without winning the World Series. Of course in Cubs fashion they'll probably ruin this streak in the next couple years.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    Schadenfreude - noun - Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

    Here's to that special warm feeling I get when I think of all those miserable Cubs fans out there.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    I was just sad to see the Curse of the Babe Broke!!
    I'm East of you. Be very very worried. Not quite OBX. But, be worried.

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    I just hope nobody on Cardszone in the year 2088 is making a similar post about the Reds...

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    Re: 98 Years and Counting

    Of course, out of fairness to the Cubs, when they built Wrigley in 1914,
    Wrigley was built for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League, the Cubs at that time were owned by a member of the Taft family, whom MLB wanted to get rid of. So part of the peace agreement with the FL involved FL owners in Chicago and St Louis to get to buy into MLB. The Wrigleys ended up in teh syndicate that got the Cubs and by 1918 they bought out the controling share, changing the name (Weeghman Park) to Wrigley (Early Branding) The St Louis AL team got the FL owner Phil Ball, he hated their GM.. Branch Rickey and so he let him jump to the crappy team across town, the Cardinals.

    Both teams preceded to beat up on the Reds for the next 20 years.


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