The Chicago Cubs came across my mind and like when many things cross my mind I try to relate it back to a song. The song that came to mind for the Cubs was Rascal Flatts’ 2007 hit ‘Winner at a Losing Game’.
How more perfect can that be? The Cubs are good at losing and they’ve been good at that for a long time. Really long. Over a century long.
In sports we look for consistency, well, the Cubs sure got that consistency thing down. Sure, it’s not in a good way, but it is consistent.
What do the Cubs have to do with the Minnesota Twins?
Simply put, they make us, Twins fans, feel better.
The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The last time the Cubs were in the World Series, but ending up losing was 1945.
To put that a different way, the last time the Cubs were in the World Series; the Twins were 16 years away from existence, Harmon Killebrew was nine-years-old, Tony Oliva was seven and Rod Carew was just born two days before the Cubs played the Detroit Tigers in that Series.
It’s been a while.
The Cubs last playoff appearance was in 2008, since then the Twins have had two playoff berths.
What I’m trying to say is that this could be a lot worse for the Twins. Minnesota faithful are looking ahead to sunnier days that seem to be closing in fairly soon, but while we can still see a little bit of the sun behind us, to Cubs fans the sun is on the whole other side of the world.
The sun is currently shining on the same ball field Tsuyoshi Nishioka is playing on for Cubs faithful.
Both the Twins and Cubs look to be headed in the right direction after playoff droughts of three and five years, respectively. That doesn’t make it sound too bad for either franchise…
Who will win the whole kitten-caboodle first: the team that’s running on a 22-year championship drought or the one with 105 years of heartbreak?
That question will be answered in the coming years, because no one knows the answer right now. If you do know, I’d really like the upcoming Powerball numbers.
I’m glad I am aligned with a team that has had moderate success in my relatively short time in this world, because I’d hate to be feel the 70-year-old Chicago Cubs fans who has felt about the same level of baseball success as I have in more than three times the time it took me.
Bring on the 90-loss seasons, because it could be a whole lot worse.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I’d appreciate the Twins not having another 90-loss season, Baseball Gods. We really don’t NEED another one.