Tonight, my Chicago Cubs will continue their quest to end their World Series championship drought, hosting the Dodgers in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Baseball fans know the history of the Cubs and how they haven’t won the World Series since 1908. During broadcasts of the Cubs’ playoff games, you can almost bet some mention will be made of the curse of the goat or the Bartman game from 2003. It’s always something.
A few nights ago in the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs pulled off a miraculous comeback after trailing 5-2 in the top of the ninth inning at AT&T Park. The visitors plated four runs in the frame, taking a 6-5 lead, which eventually lead to them winning game four and the best-of-five series. Normally after your team makes the largest 9th-inning, post-season comeback in MLB history, you would be happy just to witness such a feat. Well, you would be if you hadn’t gone to bed.
I have my reasons. That Monday night, the Cubs played the Giants in game three of their series. The game did not start until 9:30 Eastern Time, which is incredibly late, especially for a Monday night. That game was nip and tuck, eventually going into extra innings, not ending until almost 3 a.m. in the morning. Having to get up at 5:45, that didn’t leave me much time for sleep. Needless to say, I was dragging on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the Cubs and Giants played again Tuesday night, starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. At least it was an hour earlier start time.
Whatever It Takes
Not sure what happened, but the Cubs were held in check through most of the game, collecting just two hits through the first eight innings, after which, the Giants led the punchless Cubs, 5-2. Being a Cubs fan, confidence is not the highest trait on the scale. I had seen enough of this particular game. Before bed, I tweeted to the Cubs that I was using the “Going to Bed” strategy and I hoped that they would surprise me in the morning with a victory. You may wonder what the “Going to Bed” strategy has to do with anything. Well, obviously, quite a bit.
When my team is playing poorly, sometimes I think they just need me to go away. Somehow, I am jinxing them, thus it would be better if I just didn’t watch the rest of the game and somehow, magically, when I come back, they will be playing better and possibly even winning. Well, Tuesday night, that strategy worked to perfection.
Throwing Money Away
I have other strategies as well. I could have employed my betting strategy. If I want a sure win for my team, I simply need to bet some money on the opposing team. My betting luck is so poor, the simple act of me laying a few dollars on the rival pretty much assures that I am going to lose those few dollars, but in return, my team will come away with the victory. Unfortunately, betting on your own team to win, at least for me, is a recipe for financial ruin.
I would love to hear some of your strategies for helping your favorite team win. Maybe wearing the same clothes you had on the last time they won? Eating the same dinner you ate before the last winning outcome? Possibly sitting in the exact same spot on your couch?
We all know this stuff doesn’t work, right? Right?
Well, the Cubs and Dodgers square off tonight at 8:07 p.m. Eastern Time. And, if the Cubs get down early, I may have to disappear again. I will do anything to help my team bring home a World Series title. Problem is, I am not sure what the rule is for using the same strategy for consecutive games.
Oh, well, I am not taking any chances.
HEY … DEAR … HAVE YOU SEEN MY RALLY CAP?
Jared McNeill had a good take on this as well … Cubs in the NLCS : Still Nervous