Chicago Cubs look to shed 'Loveable Losers' moniker at World Series

Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:26pm EDT
 
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By Timothy Mclaughlin

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs have a chance to end a 108-year championship drought this weekend as they play in Major League Baseball's World Series, leaving the baseball world grappling with how to handle the turnabout of the sport's "Loveable Losers."

Capturing baseball's biggest prize for the first time since 1908 would dramatically change the National League ballclub's reputation and image, built in large part by heartbreaking near misses and long stretches of utter futility.

"It is the ultimate underdog story," said Scott Rowan, author of "The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World."

Cubs fans, much like those of the Boston Red Sox, who ended their own 86-year title drought in 2004, have grudgingly embraced the team's seemingly endless ability to come up short.

"The fact they (Red Sox) hadn't won for so long made them special," said Glenn Stout, a baseball historian who has written books about both the Red Sox and Cubs.

CURSES AND GOATS

But the Cubs have had a singularly odd series of failures and curses.   Continued...

 
Chicago Cubs fans pose in front of Wrigley Field before game three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, in Chicago, Illinois, October 28, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports