Yesterday, November 2nd, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT YEARS.
As the name of my blog suggests, I live just about a mile north of Wrigley Field in the city of Chicago. Last night was absolutely incredible. There is no way to describe what I felt last night except that it was electric.
We attempted to get into a few of the bars in our neighborhood after work but by the time we got there, they were already packed out. So Jon, our friend Kevin and I stayed in and polished off a few IPAs and PBRs while sitting through 10 of the best played innings I have ever seen in my entire life. When it was over, I jumped off of the couch in celebration and tears filled my eyes. I had just witnessed history. We went outside to walk our dogs and fireworks were going off everywhere. Cars honking their horns as they drove by and from miles away as fans exulted the win they had been waiting for for so long.
Today feels surreal. My city is changed and I felt the need to record my moment, my “where were you”, this morning. If you’re not from Chicago or have never been here (come visit!), you may not understand but I have never seen or even heard of a city with as much civic pride as this one. You might say it’s just a baseball game but for us Chicagoans, it’s a lifestyle, a culture. This city- this beautiful, breathtaking (for better or worse), proud city by the lake- has brought so much to my life and there have been few instances where I have felt as much a part of a place as I do today. I feel a joie de vivre that I have not felt in a long time and what a perfect start to my Month of Me.
Today, November 3rd, 2016, I am a very proud Cubs fan.