Cubs give Steve Bartman a World Series ring and I don’t get it

Do I need to be a Cubs fan to understand this?

The Cubs today announced they have given Steve Bartman a World Series ring. Bartman as you know was a goat for the team’s 2003 World Series dreams being dashed with his attempt to catch a foul ball. It’s a shame what happened to him in the years since.

Here is the release from the team:

“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman. We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.”

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Cubs winning the World Series is great and it sucks

Any other year the Cubs winning the World Series would be great! I would be happy for them and I would lavish in their celebration. I am still happy for them. But I wish it didn’t happen this way.

I am an A’s fan through and through so the Cubs winning doesn’t affect me. There are former A’s on the Cubs and the Indians I cheered for. But the Indians were the team I wanted to win.

Since high school I adopted the Indians as my second favorite team. I always have a secondary team in all sports. I chose them because they were an American League team. They also were going through a drought and they weren’t in a major city like New York or Los Angeles. I liked the players on the team at the time so I decided to follow them.

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Are you cheering for the Cubs because ‘Back to the Future’ said so?

As you know I am a huge Back to the Future fan. As part of a side note from the movie’s sequel, the Cubs win the World Series in 2015. It’s a funny little piece of movie history but now that we are in 2015, this could actually happen.

I was real glad to see the Cubs win last night and advance to the NLDS. I am cheering for them to win it all solely because the movie said they would. Wouldn’t it be a great story and a cool tie in with the movie? A movie’s prediction almost 30 years ago predicts the World Series winner. How crazy is that?

The team I still think is the best in all of baseball are the Blue Jays and they probably have the most balanced team right now. However, you never know how things will turn out. I also like the upstart Astros. Something about them really stands out to me as a fun team.

But if I had to prioritize it, it’s the Cubs first, then the Astros. The Jays come next. The rest I am indifferent.

Tampa Bay Rays are ashamed of their Devil Rays past

The Tampa Bay Rays used to be known as the Devil Rays. They dropped the “Devil” part of their name in 2008. That’s fine. It’s been a while since anyone has referred to them as that.

But today they are playing a throwback-themed game against the Cubs. They are wearing their fauxbacks since they have no history before the the late 1990s. And the Cubs went to celebrate the throwback occasion by bringing out an old Tampa Bay flag. The Rays didn’t like it.

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I just picked up the Cubs’ Babe Ruth bobblehead

The called shot.

Giving away a bobblehead commemorating the moment an opposing player swept you out of the World Series? Sure, the Cubs would do that.

Well, actually, this is a pretty cool bobblehead right here. You can debate whether or not the called shot happened, but it’s part of baseball history. It also happened at Wrigley Field and the 100-year anniversary wanted to celebrate that.

I just picked up the bobblehead and holding a piece of history in bobblehead form is pretty cool. Even though the bobblehead isn’t even of a Cubs player, it’s a great thing to have as a baseball fan.

I also have the Rick Monday bobblehead the Dodgers gave away so this isn’t the first time I did pick up a bobblehead like this. It’s pretty cool and I am glad I have this one now.

Wrigley Field mural accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park

Wrigley Field mural accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park

So very Cubs.

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It’s the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field this year, and to celebrate the iconic ballpark the Cubs have commissioned a series of murals around the park that honor its history. The above photo is of one of those murals, and is meant to commemorate Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Wrigley.

Only problem is, no one knows if Lindbergh ever visited Wrigley. Also that is a photo of Comiskey Park.

C’mon Cubs.

From Chicago Now’s Floyd Sullivan:

I didn’t remember reading anywhere that [Lindbergh] stopped at Wrigley Field. So I looked more closely at the photograph and took a hard look at the rather blurry background.

Arched windows. Not distinct, but definitely there.

After the game I returned home and examined a similar photograph I had considered including in the book. It’s from the Chicago History Museum and clearly shows the arched windows in the background of a shot…

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Chicago Cubs’ new cap has a slightly different color

Along with the 100-year anniversary patch for Wrigley Field, the Cubs are changing the color of their caps. But it’s not a major change. In fact, it’s very minor and you probably wouldn’t even notice it unless someone told you about it.

The team will be wearing numerous throwbacks this year but a change in cap color is an interesting decision. It won’t mean that the Cubs are getting a major uniform overhaul, but something so minor is something I will keep an eye on going forward.

Some players like to wear old caps and I wonder how many will try to get the old caps onto the field with the new patch on.