Go Cubs!

KSH<----lifelong cubs fan. Don't ask. I actually got a card from a fellow seminarian for those grieving the loss of a loved one the day after the Cubs lost to San Diego when the ball went through Bull Durham's legs in game 5 of the 1984 National League Championship Series.


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30 comments on “Go Cubs!

  1. Lee Parker says:

    Chicago has recently become one of my favorite big cities and I have adopted the Cubs. I hope they win it all!

  2. DonGander says:

    I wish to note here that I do not “naturally” accept ALL of Dr. Harmon’s commentary. I am not a baseball fan and I find the trivial sports mixed with the salient somewhat disturbing.

    Keep up the good work, Dr. Harmon. Perhaps I need to gain an appreciation for sport.

    I find it odd that conservatives need to prove that we are not robotically following our leaders when the lock-step Modern Liberals fail in any substantual debate. Yes, I know there are “lock-steppers” on both sides, I just find the best (most meaningful) debate among conservatives.

  3. Lee Parker says:

    Yes DonGander you should. I think its been around 2000 years since the Cubs have clinched their division!

  4. Chris says:

    I am a life long Cardinals fan, but I feel the Cubbies’ pain. Currently sitting four blocks from Wrigely field, the energy is building here for a run at the World Series….

  5. Id rather not say says:

    Having been born in Evanston, I grew up when the Cubs were part of the family religion.

    I have since departed the obviously reappraising Cubs and joined the one, true, eternal church of the Yankees. Thus far, while there have been occasional stressful moments, I can say that I have been more than satisfied with my choice, since it proves that even when the Supreme Leader is lacking in any personally redeeming qualities, the mystical charism of his office bestows on him an infallibility in all matters of faith and morals, i.e., balls and strikes.

  6. The_Elves says:

    Cubs and Red Sox division champs in the same year?!?! Can it be?! Wow. Miracles happen! 😉

  7. Christopher Johnson says:

    I’m a Cardinal fan so I wouldn’t mind seeing your boys go a century between titles. 🙂

  8. phil swain says:

    I got to see the Cubs clinch the division title last Friday in Cincinnati. Beer, brauts, and shutouts- it doesn’t get much better.

    Go, Cubbies!

  9. Sherri says:

    Aw, c’mon, I thought everybody was at least a part-time Cubs fan?

  10. David Keller says:

    #5–And I say this with the greatest of Christian love: ANYBODY but the Yankees!!!!!!!!

  11. Utah Benjamin says:

    Yes, rooting for the Cubs here, too. That is, until they face the Rockies. We’re not a baseball town yet, but there’s a lot of excitement for tonight’s game, for which will be leaving in a few…go Rocks!

  12. Billy says:

    As a Braves fan, I would have preferred the Brewers. But before I can root for the Cubbies, I need to know more about their fights inside the clubhouse. If Cubbies aren’t good guys, may have to root for Rockies.

  13. Id rather not say says:

    Tony Gwynn or Cal Ripken? The Times reports. You decide.


  14. Larry Morse says:

    Please don’t utter words like Y…..s. I have no doubt that Schori is a fan of this “team”.

    Kendall,I am a part of what is not called the Red Sox nation – have been all my life. I watched the Sox take it all from those pinstripe b……s, and I can assure the feeling was, if I may say so, divine. You have my best wishes, you and the Cubs. They cannot beat the Sox, of course,but that’s a given. Other than that, Go You Cubbies. Larry

  15. Bishop Daniel Martins says:

    To be a Cubs fan (as I have been since my eleventh year, 1962) is to learn the meaning of eschatological hope–the paradoxical “now and not yet.” “This year” and “next year” become indistinguishable from one another. The Cubs are God’s own team.

  16. Katherine says:

    Just remember that great musical: Damn Yankees.

  17. Ross says:

    #5 Id rather not say nevertheless says:

    I have since departed the obviously reappraising Cubs and joined the one, true, eternal church of the Yankees.

    Suddenly I gain an appreciation for those who like to cast around the word “anathema” 🙂

    My preference for baseball teams is simple, but firm:

    1) The Mariners (who don’t always make it easy to be a fan, but hope springs eternal…)

    2) Anyone who is not the Yankees. Really, anyone. If the Yankees played a team consisting of Genghis Khan, Jack the Ripper, that sword-armed executioner guy from 300, Hannibal Lector, Lex Luthor, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I’d be in the stands waving that big “Khan #1!” foam finger.

  18. Ad Orientem says:

    I am a Mets fan still in shock and mourning. But once the pain wears off a little bit I will be pulling for the Cubs. They have always been my #2 team. And I will throw out a hearty AMEN! to the comment above…

    “Anybody but the Yankees!”

  19. Stefano says:

    It is difficult to know where to place any allegiance or hope. For example a sticking point for any American league is the doctrine of “designated hitter”. As a result ,only the National League be viewed as conforming to traditional or “true baseball” . I feel it only fair to point out that two of the great leaders in Common Cause Partners, +Ackerman and +Duncan, are Pirates fans. Even so, some teams fall along a spectrum of orthodoxy. The Cardinals always seemed to close to papalism as do the Padres, and the Reds sound too socialist. The Braves and the Phillies can both make claims as to being “..that most ancient of teams”, and the Cubs deserve notice for having stayed put. I have been mostly cheering of the Mets but than again I like staying married to my wife who was born a Mets fan.

  20. William P. Sulik says:

    ’84 – I remember it well. Steve Goodman passed away just before the Cubs did. Here’s his song:

    By the shore’s of old Lake Michigan
    Where the “hawk wind” blows so cold
    An old Cub fan lay dying
    In his midnight hour that tolled
    Round his bed, his friends had all gathered
    They knew his time was short
    And on his head they put this bright blue cap
    From his all-time favorite sport
    He told them, “Its late and its getting dark in here”
    And I know its time to go
    But before I leave the line-up
    Boys, there’s just one thing I’d like to know

    Do they still play the blues in Chicago
    When baseball season rolls around
    When the snow melts away,
    Do the Cubbies still play
    In their ivy-covered burial ground
    When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
    But now they only bring fatigue
    To the home of the brave
    The land of the free
    And the doormat of the National League

    Told his friends “You know the law of averages says:
    Anything will happen that can”
    That’s what it says
    “But the last time the Cubs won a National League pennant
    Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan”
    The Cubs made me a criminal
    Sent me down a wayward path
    They stole my youth from me
    (that’s the truth)
    I’d forsake my teachers
    To go sit in the bleachers
    In flagrant truancy

    and then one thing led to another
    and soon I’d discovered alcohol, gambling, dope
    football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis
    But what do you expect,
    When you raise up a young boy’s hopes
    And then just crush ’em like so many paper beer cups.

    Year after year after year
    after year, after year, after year, after year, after year
    ‘Til those hopes are just so much popcorn
    for the pigeons beneath the ‘L’ tracks to eat
    He said, “You know I’ll never see Wrigley Field, anymore before my eternal rest
    So if you have your pencils and your score cards ready,
    and I’ll read you my last request
    He said, “Give me a double header funeral in Wrigley Field
    On some sunny weekend day (no lights)
    Have the organ play the “National Anthem”
    and then a little ‘na, na, na, na, hey hey, hey, Goodbye’
    Make six bullpen pitchers, carry my coffin
    and six ground keepers clear my path
    Have the umpires bark me out at every base
    In all their holy wrath
    Its a beautiful day for a funeral, Hey Ernie lets play two!
    Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back,
    and conduct just one more interview
    Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field,
    Have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly
    Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
    And I’ll be ready to die

    Build a big fire on home plate out of your Louisville Sluggers baseball bats,
    And toss my coffin in
    Let my ashes blow in a beautiful snow
    From the prevailing 30 mile an hour southwest wind
    When my last remains go flying over the left-field wall
    Will bid the bleacher bums ad?eu
    And I will come to my final resting place, out on Waveland Avenue

    The dying man’s friends told him to cut it out
    They said stop it that’s an awful shame
    He whispered, “Don’t Cry, we’ll meet by and by near the Heavenly Hall of Fame
    He said, “I’ve got season’s tickets to watch the Angels now,
    So its just what I’m going to do
    He said, “but you the living, you’re stuck here with the Cubs,
    So its me that feels sorry for you!”

    And he said, “Ahh Play, play that lonesome losers tune,
    That’s the one I like the best”
    And he closed his eyes, and slipped away
    What we got is the Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request
    And here it is

    Do they still play the blues in Chicago
    When baseball season rolls around
    When the snow melts away,
    Do the Cubbies still play
    In their ivy-covered burial ground
    When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
    But now they only bring fatigue
    To the home of the brave
    The land of the free
    And the doormat of the National League

  21. Sherri says:

    For example a sticking point for any American league is the doctrine of “designated hitter”.

    That takes so much of the excruciating, er, fun out of it, doesn’t it? I was raised on the Yankees by my dad, but I just don’t like designated hitters. 😉

  22. Ad Orientem says:

    I have long since disassociated myself from the AL and their heresy.

  23. Revamundo says:

    Leon Durham broke my heart.

    Being a Cubs fan is perfect for people who follow a guy who got hung on a cross.

  24. Id rather not say says:

    We true believers in traditionalist Yankee baseball are dismayed, but not surprised, at the rantings of reappraising “fans” who do not yet recognize the divine judgment being visited on the Cubs. We comfort each other when we gather together to worship, always taking care to pray towards the Bronx. We understand, as our Worthy Opponents do not, that the Designated Hitter Rule is an obvious example of the Development of Doctrine, just like the Infield Fly Rule (first attested in 1895). And persecuted as we are by those who refuse to engage in [i]true[/i] dialogue and conversation and who insist on blindly follow their team into oblivion, we know that in the end, the Yankees will triumph, along with Truth, Justice, and the American (League) Way.

  25. William P. Sulik says:

    One more:

    (99 Things Every True Cubs Fan Should Know)

  26. Summersnow says:

    Living here in Chicago, there’s nothing better than to turn down the sound on the TV and turn up Pat Hughes and Ron Santo on WGN Radio.
    We’re still working on getting Ronnie into the Hall, but maybe we can go to the Series for him.

    GO CUBS, GO!!!!!!

  27. Will B says:

    I saw my first Cubs game from the El platform at Addison Street waiting for a train with my dad (before they put up the barrier) at age 4. I watched WGN and listened to Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau, Steve Stone, Harry Caray, etc. The Cubs ruined my life in 1969, in 1984, and again a few years ago. While I am doing time in Purgatory ( Red Sox nation…talk about whiners!!!) my heart will always belong to the CUBS! It’s gonna happen, so listen up and rmemebr: we don’t do no wave! Our scoreboard doesn’t explode. If it came from the other team, throw it back. We don’t need to have a sign to tell us to make noise. Our curse is worse but hope springs eternal. And it’s not to early to begin worrying about next year. So shut up sit down and watch the game. And if all you can do is to remind us of how we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the past, stay home. You’re probably a White Sox fan, or even worse, a Cardinal fan! Yeah, it’s gonna happen!

  28. physician without health says:

    I am a huge Diamondback fan, and am thrilled that my team, which was predicted to finish last in the division have finished the season with the best record in the National League! We are a team of mostly rookies, including two who came directly from Double-A ball. Our slogan “Anybody, Anytime” has certainly rung true. Go D-Backs!!!!!
    PS: My wife and I were in AZ last week and saw a profile of Chad Tracy on Fox Sports AZ. A wonderful Christian man!

  29. TonyinCNY says:

    Things I miss since we moved from Chicagoland:

    Chicago Hot Dogs

    Wrigley Field

    Great Museums

    Great music

    Great local traditions (many ethnic)

    Grant Park

    The Lake

    Two terrific zoos

    The eternal optimism of Cubs fans

    Go Cubbies!!!!

    And if they should meet my Yankees in the World Series, I won’t begrudge them a WS title.

  30. Katherine says:

    IRNS, designated hitters? Development of doctrine?? I am shocked, shocked. This is what happens when the corruption of the Yankee cult enters the soul.