What comes next?
The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions.
This is not a misprint. This is not a promotional gimmick to get me to cry and pre-order a video game.
I don’t know about you, but I like reading that as many times as I can. It defies reality. If it wasn’t for the World Series Blu-Ray sitting on my shelf, I wouldn’t truly believe it happened. I have not been able to watch it, in fear the post rain-delay magic was some bizarre fever dream.
After an offseason of many Cub Christmas gifts, World Series trophy visits, and framing of tickets and newspapers, we have arrived to Spring Training. A Spring Training that launches the Cubs first title defense season since 1908. When the coverage begins, and I see a nauseating amount of coverage on Jason Heyward’s new swing, baseball season will officially here.
In preparing for this season, I have a hard time not thinking of the second most popular ticket in Chicago, Hamilton. Hamilton is a creative told story of the birth of our nation and the journey of Alexander Hamilton ( I highly recommend checking it out.) After the Revolutionary War is won, the King of England asks the audience – “What come’s next?”
As a fan base, many of us have dreamed of the Cubs reaching the pinnacle of the baseball world, but never really thought of what happens after the party stops ( based on the 2017 Wrigley Promotional Schedule, it might not be done yet).
With one the largest weights off the shoulders of Cub Nation, it is hard to emotionally prepare for how we should act as fans. We have survived for years under the misery-filled fraternity of collapse. We wore’69, ’84, and ’03 like badges of honor. Stories of how we would react to this moment in time were previously drunken ramblings right before closing time at your favorite watering hole.
Similar to our friends in Hamilton who were young, scrappy and hungry, we are entering a new chapter of our fandom. With history behind us, this front office is looking to bring a winning culture to this team. Could this team be the first Cubs team since the 1906-1908 Cubs to make the playoffs 3 years in a row? Could they be the first team too repeat since the 2000 Yankees?
Love-able losers no more, we are here to stay. Theo Epstein and crew have worked hard to create a culture of sustained success for the fans to enjoy for many years. With a young core of exciting players, it is easy to see that their dream is now a reality. And why not us? Why would we sell ourselves short? Is it finally our turn to have what the Cardinals and the Yankees have had? Like the America described in Hamilton, the Cubs organization that has been built under Epstein’s regime is truly remarkable. Our team is young, scrappy and hungry and they are not giving away their shot. And while they re-write the story of a hungry franchise on the field, it is time for us to sit back and enjoy it. We have definitely earned it.