To my BYB readers, I wanted to share this with you. This is from my brother from another mother, Joey Moses. He’s one of the first “fans” I met when BYB started and we’ve been in touch ever since. Read BONDING OVER A PINT for more about that.
Anyway, the Cubs won the World Series Wednesday. The movie, Back to the Future was one year off, and this guy from 1993 was right. And what’s funny is, it’s been so long, if you ask anyone in the baseball world, they all know about the Curse of the Billy Goat, but no one really knows what the story is.
Needless to say, Joey Moses is a baseball fan just as much as he is a true blue Yankee fan, and it wouldn’t be right to not share his commentary on not only the Chicago Cubs, but their wonderful fans.
And so, on this Saturday, I give you this from my pal, Joey. Thanks bro.
Congrats again to the Cubs!
They were the lovable losers, who became the center of the baseball universe. They were the team you were afraid to hate, but were scared to believe in. History wasn’t kind to the Cubs and their fans, and the future will hopefully be gentle now.
I’m 9,928 miles away from my first true baseball love, the Bronx bombers, the mighty New York Yankees. I’m 9,237 miles away from Wrigleyville and the home plate upon which the Great Bambino famously called his shot.
But today, I have never felt closer to the baseball world or the die hard fans who passionately started this euphoric journey back in the early spring days of April. It’s very hard to express through writing, the certain emotions that overcome you when you experience and see something that you have never seen before. Something your father hasn’t seen before, or your grandfather as well. Not to mention the millions as well. Many have only dreamt… until now.
A lineage of suffering, pain and heartbreak is now gone. A legacy of failure and disappointment, gone. A lifetime of hope and “maybe next year”… yeah… gone. With one swing of a bat and a ground out to first, a city that has spent its baseball life trying to wipe away their tears from the constant pages of negative headlines, can now turn to the ghosts of baseball past and say we belong with the best!
We can now forgive Steve Bartman and we can now surely excuse the smell from the goat of Billy Sianis. Because the Cubs are no longer just lovable losers.
They’re sitting on top of the baseball world.
Field of Dreams, in my opinion one of the greatest baseball movies of all time, gave us an amazing quote that resonates deep with us more so today, than it ever will.
Terrance Mann, played by James Earl Jones, goes on to say “The one constant through the years, has been baseball…this field, this game, its a part of our past. It reminds us of all that was once good and it could be good again”.
Well, Terrance, again is now.
– Joey Moses, Australian, Yankee fan
Bleeding Yankee Blue contributor