If you have just come back from a trip to a foreign country you may not know that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. In the Chicagoland area, it is a pretty big deal. In the entire country it has been a friendly diversion from our presidential race.
Right now I am staying about 50 miles outside the city of Chicago in a small town. We do have train service into the city, but it is still well over an hour on the train. Many of the people live and work out here and may take a yearly or semi-yearly trip into Chicago. There is also a segment that travel there on a daily basis to work. Yet this small town has signs on business all over town congratulating the Chicago Cubs. All throughout town people have the Cubs blue and white “W” flags and signs up in windows and on flag pole’s.
People all around town are wearing their Cubs shirts, hats and jackets. These are usually worn on game days around here, now it is everyday. I have purchased and created enough t-shirts to last my lifetime. I already had a variety of Chicago Cubs shirts, but now have added to the collection. I am an unabashed, longtime supporter and fan of all Chicago sports teams.
Pictures are still popping up on Facebook and news showing people in various ways still celebrating the Cubs. I was in Chicago on the day they had the parade and rally supporting the Cubs World Series win. I was there with the 5,000,000 others celebrating. I have been to other large events in the past. I was in Washington DC for the AIDS Quilt laid out on the mall and the walk, I was also there during the Million Man March. I was in Atlanta and Salt Lake City for the Olympics. So large crowds are not foreign to me.
I haven’t seen one this friendly and polite since the Pope was here. As it happens, when there are a lot of people you may bump into others or get bumped yourself. People simply apologized. We can only hope the kind and joyful feeling here is not diminished by politics and lets hope it spreads across the country again.