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Shazam. A home World Series game at Wrigley Field. First one in 71 years. Baseball history.

The media storm has hit. The North Side of Chicago is the baseball center of the universe, in October no less. Hype abounds.

In case you’ve missed it, the Cubs are appearing in their first World Series since 1945 looking to win their first World Series title since 1908.

The baseball-watching nation and Chicago Cubs fans in particular have been inundated with so much of this “back in the day” and “the last time this happened was” and “we found a guy who was alive in 1908 but is now under a rock” knowledge that we are truly prepared to kick butt on any Jeopardy category named 1908 or 1945

1908 for $100.
The answer is: “Teddy Roosevelt”
Who was the President the last time the Cubs won a World Series?
Let’s try 1945 for $200 please Alex.
The answer is: “48”
How many States did America have the year the Cubs last won the pennant?

Most all of these Cubs’ World Series firsts are comical really once you get over the “Oh Wow” effect. OF COURSE there are firsts. There hasn’t been a Cubs or Wrigley Field World Series game played since1945. A lot has happened in 71 years. Here’s a few obvious firsts:

First televised World Series game in Wrigley Field. The first World Series games on TV were for the 1947 Fall Classic between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Of course.

The first World Series night game at Wrigley Field. There were no lights at the Friendly Confines until August, 1988. Of course.

The first black player from the Cubs in a WS game, take your pick, but Dexter Fowler leads off for the Cubs, so he gets the nod. Jackie Robinson broke the “color barrier” in 1947 two years after the Cubs 1945 World Series, so of course.

Three new records are guaranteed to be set, one every day this weekend. Friday October 28, 2016 marks the latest a game has ever been played at Wrigley Field. That record will be broken on Saturday October 29, 2016 and then on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

It all gets a little silly after a while. When the dust settles, only one streak may be left standing, first televised day World Series game at Wrigley Field. Yeah, there’s another one too.

Since April, when queried on my thoughts on the Cubs chance for success this season, my reply has always been, “cautiously optimistic.”

Two games into the World Series, I remain cautiously optimistic.

Welcome home, Cubs!

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