What will it be like when the Cubs finally win a World Series?

What will it be like when the Cubs finally win a World Series?
October 31, 2013, 11:00 am
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Tony Andracki

Watching the Boston Red Sox celebrate their third World Series championship in the past decade at Fenway Park, it's easy to let your mind wander.

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What will it be like when the Cubs finally win a World Series? If they win at Wrigley Field, will the 100-year-old stadium be able to support the party?

"It's going to be a celebration," Kerry Wood said in an interview for the CSN documentary "5 Outs: The story of the 2003 Cubs." "It's going to be a long celebration -- a dangerous one, probably -- immedately around Wrigley Field. It's not just in Chicago, there are Cubs fans all over the country."

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"It's going to be such a party, that I think even White Sox fans will join in," CSN analyst and former Cub Todd Hollandsworth said.

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When the White Sox won in 2005, people erupted around Illinois, and that was just an 88-year drought. When the Blackhawks won this past summer, the streets of Wrigleyville were lined with Chicagoans partying. And that was the Hawks' second championship in the last four seasons.

"If [the Cubs] ever win the World Series, they'll burn the city down," Chicago Sun-Times sports writer Rick Telander said in an interview for "5 Outs..." "Work will be called off...Nothing will get done in the city of Chicago. A lot of people will probably keel over and die out of happiness. It's just hard to envision."

There may only be a handful of people left on this planet who were alive when the Cubs last won the World Seres in 1908. A championship celebration on Chicago's North Side would redefine the term "a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

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"It will be a worldwide story," CSN's David Kaplan said. "Ninety-five years sounded like a long time [back in 2003]. Now it will be 100-and-whatever until they do win it. I mean, think about that. One-hundred-and-some years.

"It will infiltrate every avenue of life in the Chicago area and around. Cemetaries will be packed with people going to the cemetary and say 'It happened. It finally happened. I wish you were here to see it.'"

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When the Blackhawks took home the Stanley Cup in June, more than two million people showed up for the parade and rally.

Would the city even be able to handle a rally for the Cubs?

"The parade will be something this city has never seen," current White Sox and former Cubs color commentator Steve Stone said. "There's liable to be 10 million that come in to see this. I don't know where they would possibly hold the celebration. They might have to spill over somehow into Lake Michigan.

"It's going to be something the likes of which this city has never seen before and I hope I'll be around to see it."

PlayStation tugged at the heartstrings of Cubs fans in early 2012 when they released a commercial for MLB 12 The Show that featured a mock World Series celebration at Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. It was a glimpse into the future, a daydream that consumes the minds of diehard Cubs fans every now and then.

Will Anthony Rizzo or Starlin Castro be a part of the core that finally gets the Cubs to the promised land? Will Theo Epstein still be heading up baseball operations? Will the new manager (expected to be announced within the next two weeks) fill out the lineup card for the clinching game?

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"Whoever the manager or GM is who wins it for the Cubs, whoever wins the MVP, they've got a life forever. Especially in this city," Ozzie Guillen, skipper of the 2005 White Sox, said. "Because [Cubs fans are] so desperate, they're so hungry and they're so mad."

Logic and basic probability declares there will eventually be a celebration at the corner of Clark and Addison. But this franchise has defied logic for more than a century, countering with Cubbie occurences and simple poor play.

But if it does happen, a word of advice: Don't park your car anywhere near Wrigley Field.