On Being a Cubs Fan

I have never seen the Chicago Cubs in person.

Oh, I’ve watched them many times on television.

But to sit in the stands at a stadium somewhere and watch the Northside Nine take the field? Never.

The Cubs are coming to Washington at the end of the month, for a three game series against the Nationals.

I’ve checked online. Tickets are available for all three games.

I like the idea of going to the Friday night game. Take a “mental health day” from work, do the tourist thing in DC during the day, then catch the game that night. That would be awesome.

Yesterday’s Cubs loss to the Brewers? Not so awesome.

I like to say that the Cubs taught me disappointment at an early age. It’s not, strictly speaking, true. I don’t know that I was ever really aware of who the Cubs were until junior high school.

And it was the historical Cubs that interested the most. The era of Three Finger Brown and Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance? Fascinating stuff!

And, I’m even fascinated by the early decades of the White Sox. The 1919 World Series. The Jack O’Keefe short stories by Ring Lardner. Baseball when it was played in the afternoons as nature intended.

I’m going to get that lapse in my Cubs fandom rectified.

I’m going to do it. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

2 thoughts on “On Being a Cubs Fan

  1. Bingo.

    Is Keith having to come down this way for Boogie Knights recording and/or practices?

    You’re not one to pass up on your Nick Johnson love. 😉

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