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After 108 Years, The Chicago Cubs Are Finally World Series Champions Again

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If you missed last night’s game 7, or really any game of this World Series, you missed out on history. History would’ve been made either way: Cleveland hadn’t won the Fall Classic since 1948, the Cubs since 1908, but I think deep down every baseball fan outside of Cleveland was rooting for the Cubbies. As we saw last night, the Cubs persevered, through Billy goat curse chants, multiple mental errors, bizarre managerial decisions and even an extra inning rain delay. They persevered through it all, and now they can call themselves champions. It was a win for baseball fans and the MLB in general, as the ratings for game 6 and game 7 were astronomical. The millions of people who watched those games watched baseball played the right way, with young and veteran stars alike trying to etch their name in the history books. They also watched two of the best managers in professional sports, Terry Francona and Joe Maddon, make chess move after chess move, hoping each decision would get them closer to a World Series trophy. Maddon won out (not without being second guessed, of course) and now he has the distinction of being the manager who broke the curse, the same thing Francona accomplished with the Red Sox in 2004. I’ll never know how important this was for Maddon or any of the Cub players, but as a Red Sox fan, I know how important this was to the fans. The Cubs are no longer cursed. The Cubs are no longer lovable losers. They are champions, and as a fan, especially a fan of baseball, which lasts from March-November if we’re lucky, it’s a wonderful feeling. Congratulations to Theo Epstein, Jon Lester & David Ross. Congratulations to the rest of the Cubs players and organization. Congratulations to the Chicago Cub fans. Lastly, thanks to everyone involved for an amazing World Series.

-Ryan

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Happy #BackToTheFuture Day Buttheads

If there’s a franchise that deserves it’s own day and has really stood the test of time, it’s the Back To The Future franchise. I’m admittedly biased because the original is one of my favorite movies ever, but Back To The Future is as great now as it was back then, and it’s even making it’s way into post season baseball talk because of its bold (and almost shockingly accurate) Cubs prediction. I wasn’t alive when the first one came out so I didn’t get to experience it until years later, but you don’t really appreciate the creativity and ambition of movies like this until you’re older. A few years ago a few friends and I went to see the trilogies back to back to back on the big screen and it was so good and so cool to see it the way it was meant to be seen. Enjoy Back to the Future day, and if you’re not capping it off by watching at least one of the movies tonight, you’re doing it wrong.

-Ryan

Jon Lester & David Ortiz Are Being Adorable On Twitter & Now I’m Sad All Over Again

Well this is wonderful and depressing at the same time. We got Justin Masterson and Rick Porcello and Wade Miley, three pitchers under 30 who are by no means a staff ace, but we will absolutely bolster the Red Sox starting staff. Unfortunately, we got those three guys because we no longer have Jon Lester. If Masterson, Porcello or Miley don’t become David Ortiz’s best friend immediately, I don’t know if he’ll be able to recover. Side note: saying HAHAHA in a conversation has now been replaced by jajajaja.

– Ryan

Jon Lester Is Officially A Chicago Cub

JLThe Chicago Cubs have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, with the free-agent left-hander agreeing to sign with the team late Tuesday night.

The deal is for six years and $155 million, a source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com’s Jesse Rogers. It includes a signing bonus of at least $20 million and a vesting option for a seventh year that could bring Lester’s total take to $170 million, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Theo got his guy, and the Chicago Cubs just got a class act, a great pitcher and one hell of a model American. When I saw the report last night that Lester had narrowed it down to the Cubs and the Sox, I knew it was over. If you’re Jon Lester, would you rather go to the guy who helped signed you to the Red Sox and developed you as a player and a person, or to the guys who just offered you almost $100 million less than you’re going to make now? Easy decision, and if I was Jon Lester, I would’ve done the same thing. Would I have been ecstatic if the Sox signed Lester to the same deal? Absolutely, but only time will tell if it’s too much money or too many years. Lester turns 31 in January, which means he’ll be 37 when the deal is done. He clearly shows no signs of slowing down, but that could change in a few years. I wish him all the best, though, and this is easily the least heartbroken I’ve been over a Red Sox player signing elsewhere, mostly because we did this to ourselves. Lester is a certified ace, and the $70 million offer last year was a joke. Now it’s time to find some pitching on the open market and get back to work on reclaiming the AL East.

– Ryan

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