Cubs Fan Starter Kit
1. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908.
It's been 108 years. That's the longest championship drought among all teams in Major League Baseball. To put it in perspective, the NBA and NFL didn't even exist yet when the Cubs last won.
2. Some fans blame the drought on the "Curse of the Billy Goat".
In 1945, William Sianis, who was the owner of The Billy Goat Tavern, brought his goat to the World Series game. He had a ticket for his goat, but they were asked to leave the game because of the goat's stench. Sianis was angered, so he cursed the Cubs, "You are going to lose this World Series and you are never going to win another World Series again."
3. Then, there was the Steve Bartman incident.
The incident took place in 2003. The Cubs needed one more win to advance to the World Series, and they were so so close. One of the opposing team's batters hit a ball into foul territory. The Cubs fielder tried to catch the ball before it landed to get a fly out. But one of the fans, Steve Bartman, reached for the ball and deflected it, preventing the fielder from catching it. The Cubs ultimately lost that game and that series. Many blame this moment (or Bartman) for the lost.
4. The scoreboard at Wrigley Field is one of the last hand-turned scoreboards.
5. Wrigley Field is the last remaining professional ballpark with an ivy covered outfield wall. The ivy was added in 1937 purely for decoration. Now, it's iconic.
6. Legendary sportscaster Harry Caray lives in the heart of every Cubs fan.
He was the Cubs' announcer for 16 years. Millions fell in love with his trademark wide-rimmed glasses and his mispronunciation of players' names. Most of all, fans remember him saying, "Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series."
7. The award for the most talented but most unlucky baseball player goes to Ernie Banks.
Ernie Banks played 19 seasons with the Cubs, from 1953 to 1971. He made 11 All-Star appearances and won the National League MVP title back-to-back. Unlucky for him, he also holds the MLB record for most games played without a playoff appearance.
8. The Cubs all-time home run hitter - Sammy Sosa.
Sammy Sosa hit a total of 545 home runs while playing for the Cubs. He hit more than 60 home runs in one season. And he did that not once, not twice, but three times. He is the only person in MLB history who has ever had three 60-home run seasons.
9. These are the current players you need to know:
Bryant joined the Cubs in 2013 and soon proved to be the most valuable player on the team. In 2015, he hit 26 home runs, and this season, he has hit 40 home runs. Fun Fact: Kris was named the salutatorian of his high school, but gave a classmate to the role when he found out how badly she wanted it.
Rizzo joined the Cubs in 2012. His batting talent is the key to the Cubs' recent success. He has been averaging 30 home runs each season. The Cubs could not have won Games 4, 5, and 6 of the last series without Rizzo. Rizzo is also a cancer survivor and has been in remission since 2008.
Lester is the Cubs' go-to pitcher. He joined the Cubs in 2015. Many attribute the Cubs' World Series appearance to Lester's stellar performance in the playoffs. He is a cancer survivor and a wine aficionado, and he has managed to marry the two and release his own win label with proceeds going to Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Baez was named this year's National League Championship Series co-MVP with Jon Lester. He joined the Cubs in 2011, and he really stepped up to the plate this year. He has hit home runs and stolen bases when the Cubs really needed them. Fun fact: Baez is the youngest player in the National League. He is only 23.
10. Now you can call yourself a Cubs fan, sorta. #FlyTheW
Wondering what's the story behind #FlyTheW? One of the Cubs' traditions is to fly a W flag at Wrigley Field when the Cubs win and a L flag when the Cubs lose. Now the whole city of Chicago has joined in!