Thursday, November 3, 2016

I Can Relate


Twelve years and a few days ago, I remember feeling absolute exhilaration as something I had waited for my entire life came to pass. It's hard to describe even now how awesome it was when the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in my lifetime--for the first time in just about anyone's lifetime. I wasn't about to quibble that the Series win was almost anti-climatic, after the comeback against the Yankees; it was a mixture of relief, joy, a quest being fulfilled, and pure orgasmic ecstasy. It is a feeling that fans that root for teams that win fairly often will never experience. Indeed, it is one that Red Sox fans will never experience again, since they have added two Series wins in the intervening years. And I have felt that sort of unrestrained joy and relief and sense of accomplishment (even though the logical side of me knows I didn't have a damn thing to do with it happening) when Syracuse won the NCAA tournament in 2003, and when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994. I may feel it again if and when the Bills ever win the Super Bowl.
But I have to admit that the Red Sox experience, as quest-like as it was, cannot compare to what happened about two hours ago. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in a most improbable fashion, after nearly blowing a serious lead in a Game 7 that they had no real business being in. I was working for much of the game, and couldn't really watch it, but I followed it on Facebook and ESPN.com, and I can only imagine the roller coaster that Cub fans were going through...
Wait, that's not true. I was a Red Sox fan in 1986, and I absolutely will never forget getting the heart cut out of me during that interminable inning that ended with the Buckner ground ball. Even the Bucky Fucking Dent game didn't compare to that, and neither did the Aaron Boone game. If the Cubs had blown a 6-3 lead late, and then a 2-run lead in extra innings, I am positive there would have been suicides somewhere in the country. Again, Logic says that it's just a sports team and a game--but you can't help it; you do get that caught up.
And so I am glad for Cubs fans. Enjoy it to the fullest, and savor the moment. You will feel good at other points in your life. You will even enjoy other Cubs accomplishments. But nothing, nothing, is going to compare to the magic of this night.

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