AUGUST Coors Field Cubs vs. Rockies
The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series. After 108 yrs, the Cubs have won it all. In our house this was a big deal. Nate has been a Cubs fan as long as he can remember, which calculates to a little over 30 years. I have been a Cubs fan as long as we have been together, which is a little over 12 years. We’ve made the trips to Chicago, watched games together, and there was a time when Bailey was a baby that I desperately wanted to dress her as Harry Caray for Halloween. This October has been an incredible one for a Cubs fan, but it all came down to a Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians on November 2.
Most people know Nate as a huge sports fan and a great broadcaster. But one of his lesser known gifts is his incredible memory. It’s not a memory that can regale you with stories of old, no, it’s a “Rain Man” memory that can tell you all of the players on the Billings Mustangs minor league team in 1994, what position they played, AND what number they wore on their jersey. This makes watching games with him lots of fun. Nate fills you in on not only the history of the teams, but each player and the stories of who they are .
It can also make watching the game extremely stressful. Like when steely, calm as a cucumber, pitcher Kyle Hendricks is pulled for Jon Lester and Nate reminds you that Lester has a mental block and can’t throw to first base. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, JOE!” I won’t go into the play by play here. I do not know of a spectator sport that is more stressful and exhausting to watch, especially when it’s game seven of a World Series your team hasn’t been in since 1945. There was pacing and gnashing of teeth and, yes, some undesirable language.
But in the 10th inning, the Cubs scored first and then….then the DVR quit because we had only recorded an EXTRA hour and a half and a rain delay ruined everything stopping our recording as Cleveland took to the bats (insert more gnashing of teeth here). We braced ourselves and went “live”. There it was, sweet celebration! Cheers of joy followed by relief. The full weight of it all setting in. Nate commented on “all the memories” that sifted through. The past days have been spent trolling social media, reliving highlights and watching the celebrations.
I am still kicking my self for not getting us to Chicago this past summer. Back in April, Nate had said that “this was the year”. We did make plans to go to Coors Field in Denver in August when the Cubs would take on the Rockies. Nate was gifted with a Media Pass from one of his media friends to watch the Saturday night game in which he had the Awesome seats you see above and a great Cubs win. We opted to take the girls to the Sunday afternoon game which was a scorcher. The seats were almost too hot to sit on, I could feel rivers of sweat rolling down my back and the Cubs lost, big. I didn’t mind though, because it isn’t very often this little babe falls asleep in my arms.
Like the rest of Cub nation, we’ll be wearing our gear with pride. The girls can be found singing “GO, CUBS, GO” randomly through out the day, and I’m still watching highlights on Facebook. We’re soaking up the glory and looking forward to watching it all unfold again next year.