There are many ways to look at this season. First and foremost, baseball is entertainment, that’s why they call it a pastime. What the 2015 Chicago Cubs have done for the city of Chicago is give sports fan there a reason to believe. I’ve mentioned it before but the moment to rally behind a team whether you’re a White Sox fan or not is contagious. I’m talking to you President Obama.
Tonight, Jake Arrieta takes to the mound. He’s become a household name not only in Chicago but the nation and across the border. October baseball is all about these moments.
“I’ve been through a lot in my career, and the failure that I’ve gone through makes me really appreciate the moments of success much more,” said Arrieta.
The key to baseball, the Chicago Cubs and perhaps life, is that we love stories. Suddenly, Jake Arrieta has been propelled into mythical status whether he likes it or not. He’s our Atticus Finch, Rocky Balboa and perhaps Andy Dufresne.
Think for a moment that all heroes are the same. It doesn’t matter the type of story but one thing every hero endures are obstacles. The St. Louis Cardinals, The infamous World Series drought, and of course the curses.
We need Jake Arrieta. Sure, the team is unbelievable but should the Cubs win the World Series (Come on, we need to seriously consider them as having a shot) the story we’ll hear and read is Jake Arrieta’s. If Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are the faces of the franchise, then Arrieta is the face of the fans’ dreams.
Now, I have to be a little selfish. I have thought about someday when some of the 2015 Chicago Cubs eventually make it into Cooperstown and we go to the marble hall and read the plaques of the players. When I sit on the bench and think back to this year and this season and all the history they’ve created, I’m going to smile.
The magic of Cooperstown takes us back to that moment in time when we remembered the magic of not knowing the outcome. We hung on to every game and the final outs. So far, we have Arrieta’s Wild Card shutout and Jorge Soler’s home run. The series is tied right now, but we’ll tune in tonight at 6pm eastern at Wrigley Field to see what’ll come next.
“These fans have been waiting for this for a long time, so, you know, it’s just going to be nice — it’s going to be a boost, if anything,” Arrieta said. “Pitching in front of the city of Chicago here at Wrigley. I think it’s only going to benefit us.”