Last night the Chicago Cubs played in their first World Series game since 1945. ESPN shared a few things that didn’t exist the last time the Cubs played in the World Series.
Here are some things that didn't exist the last time the Cubs went to the World Series.
It's been awhile. pic.twitter.com/4xQgljtLa8
— ESPN (@espn) October 23, 2016
I haven’t been around for all of those 71 years, but 35 years has been long enough. I know not all of you share my passion for sports, so here are some nerdy examples to help you understand what it’s like to see the Cubs in the World Series.
Remember when we all grew up in the 80s or 90s and thought that we’d never see Star Wars on the big screen again? Sure there were plenty of books, comics and games to keep us invested in that galaxy far, far away, but nothing quite like seeing that yellow logo zoom across a field of stars. Then in 1999 it seemed like all of our dreams had come true! Star Wars was coming back to the theater! Then all that excitement turned a little sour as Jar Jar Binks gave way to an underwhelming trilogy. But, excitement found new life when Disney bought Lucasfilm and we were promised another trilogy, which would hopefully wash away some of the ill will towards the prequels. Waiting 16 years for Episode I and then 11 years for Episode VII felt like a long time, but combined those waits aren’t even half as long as 71 years.
The Walking Dead
Apparently something happened on The Walking Dead on Sunday night. I know what happened, but I don’t have any emotional investment in who Negan killed. Some people thought that the seventh season premiere was the best episode of the entire series and others swore off watching the show ever again. Season six ended on April 3 and season seven premiered on October 23. So, regardless of how people felt about the premiere, they only had to wait 203 days to form those opinions. 203 days is basically a breath compared to 71 years. At least The Walking Dead fans got to see what happened, instead of Pushing Daisies, which ended abruptly and unceremoniously; I could wait another 71 years and still not get a satisfying ending to the Pie Maker’s story.
Batman and Robin is terrible. I like to defend bad movies for being entertaining, but there wasn’t anything entertaining about Batman and Robin. It really is amazing that George Clooney’s career survived the travesty that was his turn as the Caped Crusader. Thankfully Warner Bros. decided to take a break after Batman and Robin; Joel Schumacher’s second opportunity behind the camera was enough to put the franchise on hold. After Schumacher’s neon tragedy, most people were probably happy to wait for the next Batman movie, especially when Christopher Nolan brought us Batman Begins. Nolan’s trilogy obviously peaked with The Dark Knight, but Batman Begins is an excellent movie that sets the tone for so much of what The Dark Knight perfects. Waiting eight years seems like forever when talking about super hero movies, but compared to the Cubs’ drought, eight years is nothing.
I still have a hard time believing that the Cubs are in the World Series. I cried on Saturday night when they won the pennant. After they won, all the anxiety I had felt for my entire life slipped away. I want the Cubs to win the World Series more than most things, but I’m not freaking out about it like I was the NLCS. So apologize for the coming tweet storms this week; it’ll all hopefully be over this weekend when the Cubs win the World Series at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
What nerdy experience did you have a hard waiting for?