Before 2004, the only team that had a record of World Series victories as sparse as the Red Sox was the Chicago Cubs, whose own drought was ten years longer than ours. No other team could really tap in to the elation of making it to the World Series that year or was as jealous as Chicago probably was. The Red Sox may have been a more consistent team over the years compared to Chicago, which made the dynamic even more frustrating when Boston would fall short in the playoffs. Since 2004 though, the Red Sox have garnered two more World Series victories and are thought of from a totally new perspective after the World Series wins. No longer the automatic scrappy underdog, Boston has retained its identity but dealt with the hangup of having not won a World Series and has had a more confident and consistent culture since victory.
After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 last Saturday in the National League Championship Series, it looks like Chicago may be in the same position. Just making it to the World Series is cause for celebration, which hasn’t happened for Chicago in 71 years when they lost against the Detroit tigers in 1945. They will be up against the Cleveland Indians, who have not won a World Series themselves since 1948. The Cubs, 103-58 record this year is the best in baseball and they may have just the spark this year to keep it going all the way. Its a story that reminds us of our own and that is why we should be happy for them, if its at all possible in our cold, baseball-loving hearts. While we would all prefer to see Boston make it to the World Series every year, a mutual kinship and understanding of the patience it takes to get to victory is something our two cities should stand together in respect and support of.
The first game of the World Series starts at 8 p.m tonight on Fox.