Chicago Cubs will Fly the W and hoist the World Series trophy Mama, I hope.
I don’t claim to be a sports fan, as I have always stayed neutral taking a 30,000 foot view of sports.
However, my first memories of sports involve my foster mother watching Cubs games on WGN on lazy Saturday afternoons with the late Hall of Fame announcer Harry Carey pointing out kids in the stands of the iconic Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field enjoying the “Loveable Losers”on the field.
Those Saturday afternoons with “Mama” lead me to follow my first love baseball.
Back then, Bill Buckner was not yet known for letting a Mookie Wilson slow roller through his legs in the 1986 World Series for the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the BoSox Buckner was a Chicago Cubs first basemen with a funny swing I tried to emulate as a kid because I was also a lefty.
Buckner was traded May 25, 1984 for Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brunley to a soon to be 96-win Cubs squad who squared off against the San Diego Padres for the National League pennant that fall.
Ironically, Buckner’s replacement Leon Durham let a routine grounder from Padres Tim Flannery roll through his legs to let Camelo Martinez tie up the Cubs 3-3 in the seventh inning of a decisive Game 5. The error would be a costly one, as the Padres rattled off 3 more runnings in the inning in route to capturing the pennant.
Although only 7.8% of Major League Baseball players are currently African American, one of the Cubs biggest stars 1987 National League MVP Andre Dawson was an African American. He was my favorite player as a kid.
I’ve only cried once over the outcome of a sporting contest. In 2003, I sat in my law school dormitory apartment sobbing like a child when the final out was recorded in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, making reality a Cubs 3-1 series collapse to the then eventual World Series champions Florida Marlins.
No need to revisit Steve Bartman.
Those tears were not only the disappointment of a crushing Cubs loss, but of a mourning of the fond times sitting watching baseball with my dearly departed foster mom.
I’ve done my best this year to not follow the Cubs with their high expectations, not just because I focus on the off the field issues in sports, but because I didn’t want to feel sad again missing “Mama.”
Today I happened upon Chicago’s City Hall where a slew of “W” flags flew.
The white flags marked with a simple blue “W” stood still without the swirling winds of Michigan Lake served as a demonstrative notice to a city finally confident removing the label of “losers.”
Seeing the Cubs win the World Series would feel like life full circle of the days of yesteryear, when watching the games was not only about the box score, but quality time with “Mama.”
So I’m finally paying attention again.
You dragged me back in Cubbies.
It’s time to slay the goat once and for all.
Holy cow Mama.
Exavier B. Pope I, Esq. is an award-winning attorney, on-air legal analyst, media personality, Fortune 500 speaker, content creator, writer, tastemaker, thought leader, and RYT studio certified yoga teacher. Mr. Pope is the host of #SuitUP Podcast for his production company 528 Media Group, and host of the Radical Inspiration Podcast. Mr. Pope has over 200+ appearances on air, including international television on BBC and Al Jazeera English; national television on Fox News Channel, HLN, NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera America, WGN Morning News, Fox Business Channel, and Huff Post Live; Top 3 Local Media Markets on Fox, CBS, and NBC; international radio on BBC Radio; national radio on ESPN Radio, Clear Channel Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio; written and contributed digitally to The Hollywood Reporter, CNBC, Huffington Post, Jet, and Black Enterprise; and has appeared in other media outlets nationally and internationally. Mr. Pope is represented by top media and literary agency RLR Associates.
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