Although I am not a Chicago Cubs fan, I am happy that the Cubs have finally won the baseball World Series!
As I sit here watching the Chicago Cubs win, I think back to when cable television first came out and channel WGN from Chicago and WTBS from Atlanta, were the only two television channels broadcasting into my hometown in Wisconsin. And although I was a Milwaukee Brewers fan (think Ben Olgivie, Paul Molitor days), both stations broadcast the baseball season for their home-teams. WGN broadcast the Cubs while WTBS showed Braves games.
And although neither team was very good back then, my grandfather, who took care of me after-school, and I almost always watched the Cubs games over the Braves games. I don’t think it was because of the teams or the players, but rather, it was because of Harry Caray. He was the announcer for the Cubs and he just made the game much more interesting. His passion and love for the Cubs carried over into his broadcasts. And as my grandfather and I watched these games, Harry’s caring and passion made us care and have passion for the Cubs. It did not matter, that they lost more games than they won. We enjoyed the games all the same. So much that every so often, we went to Chicago and watched the games in person. Those were great times spent with my grandfather, enjoying the ballgames and listening to Harry call the games.
Both my grandfather and Harry Caray have since past, like many of those in what many call the “greatest generation”; but I can’t help but think that both my grandfather and Harry are up there in Heaven enjoying this series, shouting, “Cubs Win!, Cubs Win!”