The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series title in 108 years. Unquestionably, this is one of the strangest enigmas in all of professional sports. Basic probability dictates that it was bound to happen at least once in that time span. Instead, Chicago's north side has remained without a championship for over a century and counting.
While losses have often outnumbered wins for the Cubs, in the last several years, with the arrival of new manager Joe Madden, and new president Theo Epstein, they've built a winning culture, with the results showing in their season records. In 2015, the Cubs advanced all the way to the NLCS, where they were swept by the Mets in four games. With the addition of burgeoning young stars in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the team is clearly on the upturn, and primed to be a World Series contender for years to come.
On the other side of the coin however, lies the curse that has plagued the franchise for the last 108 years. Whether it's the "Curse of the Billy Goat" from 1945, or Steve Bartman's infamous fan interference in game 6 of the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins, the team seems to have a hex placed upon them from the baseball gods. Indeed, it seems that it would take a kind of supernatural power to render them without a title for 108 years. Yet, it has continued without fail.
The Cubs are off to a quality start for this season, but how long will it last? Is this the year they finally break their World Series curse, and win a fall classic for the first time since the Taft Administration? I would have to say not.
Ranked below are the top 15 reasons the Chicago Cubs will not break the curse in 2016.
15 Their Starting Pitching Has To Stay Healthy
14 Their Roster Is Inexperienced In The Postseason
13 Joe Madden Has Never Won A World Series
12 The Bullpen Has Been Hit Or Miss
11 They Have Had Good Teams Before And Failed
10 The Corner Outfield Production Is Lacking
9 Jake Arrieta Isn't As Good As Other Ace Pitchers
8 The Rest Of The Lineup Has To Prove Themselves
7 Outfield Depth Is Thin
6 Infield Depth Is Thin
5 They Won't Beat The Nationals In The NLCS
4 They Won't Beat The Dodgers In The NLCS
3 They May Not Even Be The Best Team In Chicago
2 They Just Always Have The Worst Luck
1 The Curse Has To Continue For The Sake Of Baseball Lore
Considering it is a sport that places much importance on historical significance, urban legend and old stories, baseball has become something of a form of Americana in the modern age. We don't talk about NFL football games from 1951, but Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard 'Round The World" home run from that year that won the pennant is still recapped on major sports networks every so often. The Cubs ridding themselves of their curse would mean that a part of baseball tradition, which is a value more revered than in any other professional sport, would effectively be lost. It makes the Cubs more interesting, and provides baseball with a captivating storyline that has a lot of mileage.
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