A lot of folks are saying that 2016 was a bad year, but it wasn’t too bad because the Chicago Cubs won the freakin’ World Series. After an incredible season that was the 108 years in the making, it finally happened and will go down as one of the best things to ever happen to us in our lives. After previewing the entire playoffs, let’s go back and try to put a bow on the best season in Cubs history.
An Offseason For The Ages
Mac Demarco – Blue Boy
After years of Theo Epstein feasting on the cerebellums of opposing GM’s, The mastermind pulled off one of his best offseasons as an executive. Getting John Lackey on a low risk two year deal was a great appetizer. I truly don’t think the Cubs win without Jason Heyward’s called meeting and speech, the win was worth 188 million – seriously. The best part is there’s nowhere to go but up for him and he’s already living out in Arizona working on his swing.
Theo’s two best moves were convincing 2015 WS champ Benny Zobrist to sign with the club. The other one was his most surprising, after he showed up with Dexter Fowler to a practice – who was rumored to have signed a three year deal with the Orioles. They don’t win the WS this year without those two guys, Theo is already getting some more great boys in blue for 2017.
On Cruise Control All Year Long
The Smiths – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
The Cubs dropped a nuclear bomb on the rest of the division at the end of April by going 24-6 through their first 30 games. Despite a slight slip in late July, the threat of losing first place in the central never happened. No drama, no stress, just winning the division by a whoppin’ 17.5 games. After some great trades around the deadline, it seemed like this team was destined to make some noise in October. After capturing the division early, they were forced to play a lot of meaningless games before the big show, which effected their bats at times in early October. It didn’t matter in the end and they finally delivered what we wanted for so long.
Kris Bryant = Next Babe Ruth
James Brown – I Got You
First and foremost, a special shout out to the Houston Astros for not drafting Kris Bryant number one overall a couple years back. It’ll go down like how the Blazers get laughed at for drafting Sam Bowie ahead of Michael Jordan. Kris was the heart and soul of the lineup on his way to a great MVP season. Not moving him up last year until late April was a great move, as he’ll be in Cubs control through 2021. He’s only 24 year old people, we could very well be witnessing the next generational superstar. Babe Ruth who?
Introducing Your 2016 NL All-Star Team – The Chicago Cubs
John Butler Trio – Better Than
Here’s a fun sentence to write – The entire starting National League infield in the All-Star this year were Chicago Cubs. They had 7 total all-stars and Kris Bryant even tagged a huge home run in the first inning. Kudos to Jake for refusing to pitch, the All-Star game is overrated and I’m glad the new CBA takes away it’s ability to decide home field advantage in the World Series.
The Cubs Win The Pennant!
Buddy Guy – Sweet Home Chicago
Out of a billion amazing moments, we need to shed more light on the unbelievable comeback win against the Giants in game 4 of the NLDS. It looked like the Cubs were about to face a terrifying Madison Bumgarner in game 5 at home, then the Cubs exploded for 4 runs in the top of the 9th to go up 6-5.
It was the biggest comeback in a clinching game in postseason history. After this game, I knew the Dodgers had no chance. Clayton Kershaw was the Webster’s definition of pitching on fumes in game 6. “Sweet Home Chicago” seemed like the theme song of the game as they played it after the Cubs won, check out Buddy shredding on his version.
The Greatest Game That Ever Was
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is the greatest baseball game ever played. With such history at stake on both sides, having a 8-7 win in extras in a winner take all game is a script Hollywood would reject for being too perfect. I wonder how many Cubs fans actually got physically ill when Rajai Davis hit the tying home run. All I could thing about was 2003 all over again, and had the worst knot in my stomach. Big shout out to the rain for allowing the team to regroup, who knows that happens without that delay. Cry away to the last out below.
It tried to think of a song that best matched the emotions of that game and I came up with “Wake Up” by the one and only Arcade Fire.
Looking For a Repeat
The Alan Parsons Project – Sirius
After a hundred plus years of suffering, we deserve a dynasty the likes of the ‘Hawks and Bulls. This team is built to be in the World Series for the next 5 years, and we now enter a season where it’s expected to go deep in October. They should be right back in the dance next year and hopefully will win because Theo is already off to a blazing start this offseason. Warning, looking up this song on YouTube can induce uncontrollable viewing of MJ highlights.
This upcoming opening day is sure to be one hot ticket this season, as they’ll get their rings and start the march to another world title. It’s going to be one long winter, but at least the convention is coming up. Go Cubs and Happy Holidays!