Tears of Joy: There IS Crying in Baseball

There’s one word to describe Chicago Cubs fans right now: euphoric. On October 22, 2016, the “Lovable Losers” clinched the National League Pennant. They’re heading to the World Series, baby.

Looks like they’re going to need a new nickname.

It’s been 71 years since the Chicago Cubs have played in the World Series, the longest drought in baseball. The last time they made an appearance, World War II had just ended, the United Nations was formed, the first ballpoint pen went on sale, and there were only 48 States. 

Whole generations have been waiting to see their team return to the World Series, so many that “I wish my dad was alive” trended on Facebook. Grandchildren celebrated with their grandparents, daughters and sons toasted their departed parents, uncles, and aunts, and people all over the world stopped whatever they were doing to root on these amazing athletes. When they won, fans unabashedly wept.


It’s not just that it’s been a long time coming; that’s obviously a big part of it, but it’s also because this year’s team has captured the heart of fans everywhere with their eminent sportsmanship and undeniable skill. They’ve exhibited humor, self-deprecation, and class that sets an example for all athletes and celebrities.

Even the celebration was classy (by Wrigleyville standards). There was genuine concern about what could happen if the Cubs won, but by the end of the night there were no riots, no reports of violence, and just a few light-pole climbers. The fans comported themselves with as much dignity as one could hope for after an historic win like this. They cheered, they laughed, they hugged, they cried.

Most of all, they won.

Congratulations, Chicago Cubs! I can’t wait to see what this week will bring! 

(Now somebody bring me a tissue.)

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