Growing up in Chicago as north-sider, I was a Cubs fan by default: loyal to all the Chicago sports teams over their opponents and rivals but not particularly enthusiastic about sports in general. My paternal grandmother, however, was a true Cubs fan despite the fact that she was a north-side transplant from the southside. I know I must have watched a few dozen games in the front room (pronounced “frunchroom” and known by some as “living room”) with her before she died in 2009. So much so that I can still hear Harry Caray’s voice announcing for the Cubs games.
So, too, did the people at Budweiser. They created this heart-warming video.
True fans, of course, watch the game and support the team through thick and thin. They continually have hope the team will prevail despite the evidence to the contrary. Southsiders—Chicago White Sox fans—have had plenty of experience with “hope” manifesting team wins and championships. We Northsiders, however, have had 108 years of nothing but faith to help us hold on to our hope!
The 2016 baseball season has brought me fond memories of my grandmother——and her love of the game. I had fun thinking about Grandma and other “angels” helping the Cubs win the 2016 World Series, because, my goodness, was their successful season anything short of a miracle?! I’ve noticed there are a whole lot of Chicagoans who have felt the same way.
As previously regular losers, a healthy dose of good sportsmanship has been required of fans and the team, along with our faith and hope. That said, congratulations are in order for the Clevland Indians and their fans on an excellent season this year!
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What memories of watching baseball do you have? Maybe you watched with a family member and that was part of your bonding time. Maybe you learned a lesson about sportsmanship or tenacity or ethics.
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How do we console our boys when they lose a game? How do we teach them good sportsmanship when they win?
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