Unless you were living under a rock the first week in November, you probably heard about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in a while–108 years, to be precise (which many ascribe to the curse placed on the team by a fan angered when his billy goat was denied entry into Game 4 at Wrigley Field in 1945…).
In a year that’s been shaded heavily with loss of life, natural disasters, social tensions, and political strife, the Cubs’ win after the longest dry spell in MLB history was at the least very refreshing. It was also life-changing, not only for the players but also for fans, many of whom have kept the faith in their team for generations without any return until now. Over the years a popular catchphrase among them became “just one before I die”… ESPN published a touching story about a man who drove from North Carolina to his father’s gravesite in Indiana to keep a pact that they would listen to the Cubs play the World Series together (and was there for the win), and there have been many reports of the iconic blue-and-white W “win pennants” decorating cemeteries nationwide. There have also been multiple projections about a rise in births nine months after the win as a result of other celebrations.