Is This THE Year?

Tanner Rowe

Is this THE Year?

Even though the Cubs have had more than their fair share of struggles over the past 108 years, the one thing that has always been constant are the large crowds that pack the 102 year old Chicago landmark known as Wrigley Field.

There is always a buzz in the Wrigleyville neighborhood when baseball season rolls around, but a lot of that buzz also comes with the acceptance of being “Lovable Losers,” while expectations are none higher than just beating the Cardinals and White Sox a couple times for bragging rights during the offseason.

For as long as I can remember, my summers have been consumed by Cubs baseball, and my winters have been spent wondering whether or not this would finally be the year that the Cubs break through and win the World Series.

This summer has been no different, as I have spent more than a handful of days within the confines of Wrigley Field cheering on my beloved Cubbies.

There are however a few things that I have noticed that have changed for the better, such as the level of play on the field, and the level of passion in the stands.

It is not rare to go to a game at Wrigley field and have conversations with everyone around you, as if you were all just one giant family, which is one of the many reasons why they call it “The Friendly Confines.” Even fans that I have sat around this season who are cheering for the opposing team (besides Sox fans) have all sent such high praise to what the Cubs have been doing, and many of them admit it is time for the boys in blue to get some hardware in October.

If you are a baseball fan, then you know a lot of strange things can happen throughout the course of 162 game season and into the playoffs. More times than not, the Cubs have ended up on the outside looking in, but with the proven front office that they have to go along with a strong foundation of young ballplayers, and not to mention one of the best managers in all of baseball, “next year” may be closer than we all think.asdf