The black cat, the billy goat, and Steve Bartman are some of the most notorious curses imposed upon the Chicago Cubs. Rising star Kyle Schwarber may have put an end to all of these curses with one swing of a bat.
On October 13, Schwarber led the Cubs to a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, clinching the National League Division Series. Schwarber’s home run shocked the world. The ball seemed to clear the scoreboard in right field, and the announcers thought it left the stadium. Fans were searching the streets hoping to find this monster home run. The ball traveled 438 feet, and was eventually spotted by a news helicopter.
Sources say that the Cubs will leave the ball and cover it with Plexiglass to preserve this memorable moment. Could this home run be a sign? Is the 107 year curse finally over?
The young Cubs look better than ever and are determined to make history. With six of their nine starters 26 years old or younger, the Cubs have enthusiasm and passion for the game. They also encompass the physical stamina that the older players do not have. These young players, including Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Schwarber, are just developing; they have nothing to prove and nothing to lose.
These young stars are successful because they know how to hit the long ball. The Cubs set a postseason record, hitting six home runs in a single postseason game. The record was previously held by the 1928 New York Yankees, and stood for 67 years.
The Cubs’ World Series drought has lasted 107 years. But with the entire city of Chicago behind them, these young stars plan on ending that drought this fall. It’s going to take more than a cat and a goat to stop the Cubs. With only two series to go, the Cubs are determined to bring home a win. And all it takes is one swing of a bat.