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  • Have the Cubs In Culture, Attitude & Results Truly Shed Their Losing past

    You can make a case for the Cubs being the worst franchise in baseball for about Two Decades 1946-1966 (although the American League's Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics Give the Cubs a run for their money). They've had some spikes of good performances since then, including a few division titles and a World Series Victory, but in the long-term - Have the Cubs become a Franchise Of Winners, despite their difficult, or at best, checkered past?
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-15-2018, 06:31 AM.

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    I didn't live during the late 40's thru the 50's but my father did and he used to say the summers were long and depressing. "The weather is great but the cubs are killing me."
    I've followed the cubs more or less thru the 70's till now(With the exception of the Sosa era...I stopped following baseball till they began testing for roids) So I've sat thru more then a few 90+ loss seasons. It's a lot more fun now: I never miss a game.

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      Yes, the Cubs have absolutely shed their loser image. The winning of the WS in 2016 was a watershed moment for the franchise and fanbase: it finally put an end to the "Billy Goat Curse" and all of the decades of futility that curse represented. Unless the Cubs go another 100 years before they not only win but EVEN APPEAR in a WS, they will never be stuck with such a loser image again. The Cubs are now a "normal" MLB team again just like the Red Sox after breaking the Curse of the Bambino in 2004. The Cubs will undoubtedly experience years (maybe even decades) of losing baseball, but the idea that they are doomed to the end of time to never ever succeed, which was drilled into generations of Cubs fans, is extremely unlikely to occur again.

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        Yes, and nothing short of a World Series title would have shed this image. I remember very clearly game 5 of the 1984 NL Championship gave when that ball went underneath Leon Durhams legs and a bad ball hop over (gold glove) Sandberg's head to break my heart. And then of course the more recent heartbreaks. I thought I was going to be heartbroken again in 2016 as I paced my house inning after inning (I wonder what my blood pressure was??)... It's all about the Championships and the Cubs won.. and they have been consistently in the playoffs as well, so ya people will talk about the "Lovable Losers" of yesteryear, but that will turn into baseball lore and not the modern day image.

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