Kagan: The physics of October baseball at Wrigley

From SABR member David Kagan at The Hardball Times on October 3, 2016:

It was lunch time and I was sitting in Buddy Guy’s Legends Club on Wabash Avenue just outside The Loop. Since the acoustic blues set hadn’t started, I began a conversation with another patron. We soon came around to baseball and the relative merits of the Cubs and the White Sox.

The fellow reached into his pocket and pulled out a pack of cigarettes. He carefully removed the clear cellophane cover off the box and held up the empty transparent enclosure. “Do you know what this is?” he said with a glint in his eye. “It’s the Cubs’ trophy case!”

Over the years the Cubbies have been the butt of oh, so many jokes. “Why are the Cubs just like Michael Jackson?” They both wear a glove, on just one hand, for no apparent reason. Rick Monday while with the Cubs was once asked to explain the team’s early season success. He answered, “It’s only June.”

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Originally published: October 3, 2016. Last Updated: October 3, 2016.