108 Years, It was a sign

Last night the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. Little did I know, and likely little did you know, that had we done the research we would have known it had to happen this year. Why? Because of the significance of 108 to the Cubs franchise.

A.G. Spalding was the first manager of the Cubs. Who was Spalding, the designer of the baseball which has 108 stitches.

Both corners of the outfield wall at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, are exactly 108 meters from home plate.

In 1990 there was film made by J.J Abrams called “Taking Care of Business”, in this film the Cubs win the World Series. That film is 108 minutes long.

Finally, for this article at least, the owner of the Cubs is the Ricketts family who also own TD Ameritrade. TD Ameritrade’s home office is located on 108th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.

If only I knew all this when I was in Vegas before the season started, I could have been a wealthy man.

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Top 10 Longest Championshipless Streaks in MLB

With all the hype around the Indians and Cubs potentially having a shot to end their World Series Championship drought we thought we would take a look at that top 10 longest winless streaks in MLB.

(And yes we know that Championshipless is not a word, but who cares because it sounds cool.)

Seasons Team Last championship won Last World Series appearance
107 Chicago Cubs 1908 1945
67 Cleveland Indians 1948 1997
55 Texas Rangers never (franchise began 1961) 2011
54 Houston Astros never (franchise began 1962) 2005
47 Milwaukee Brewers never (franchise began 1969) 1982
47 San Diego Padres never (franchise began 1969) 1998
47 Washington Nationals never (franchise began 1969) never
39 Seattle Mariners never (franchise began 1977) never
36 Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 1979
32 Baltimore Orioles 1983 1983

Theo or Tito, who gets it done?

Yesterday I wrote about Theo Epstein and the fact that if he ends the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship drought that we would have to call him a baseball genius. Then today I realized there is a good chance the 2016 World Series could be played by the Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Why is that of importance, two reasons.

First, if you were not aware the Cubs and Indians are the MBL clubs with the first and second longest period of time without a World Series Championship. Both have a realistic shot of ending their streak this year.

Second, Terry Francona and Theo Epstein were the dynamic duo that ended the Boston Red Sox historic World Series Championship streak. Both of them could now be the saviour of a new city.

It’s still to be determined if either of these teams will make it to the final series, but what if they both do? Would we have to call both of these men baseball geniuses or just the one who wins? And if one beats the other does that diminish the reputation of the loser? I know, it is a lot to think about, but it is a great thing to spend time thinking about while we wait for the Dodgers and Nationals game to start.

Is Theo Epstein a Genius?

Rays vs Red Sox 9/8/10
By Scott Slingsby from Rochester, NH (Theo Epstein, Boston Red Sox) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
With the Chicago Cubs winning yesterday in game four of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants the possibility of the Cubs World Series drought ending is becoming more and more realistic. If that happens Theo Epstein will be responsible for ending the two most celebrated championship cold streaks in baseball history.

On November 25th, 2002 Epstein became the general manager of the Boston Red Sox. At the time he was the youngest GM in MLB history. Just two years later he was in charge when the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years and again when they won it again in 2007. He was the hero of Fenway and never had to buy another meal in Boston.

In 2011 Epstein became President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, the current record holder for longest time without a World Series title. In just five years he has taken the Cubs from lovable losers, to the top team in baseball and given the city of Chicago real hope of winning their first Championship since 1908.

If Theo is able to complete this championship run and give the Cubs a World Series banner we would have no choice but to name him the greatest baseball operations guy ever. Ok, the title needs a little work, but you get my point. He single handedly would be responsible for ending the two most prolific curses in all of sports. The only man to be part of both historic events.