We’re continuing our countdown as we inch closer to sorta-real baseball in Cactus League exhibition and finally to real baseball that matters at the end of March. You can follow our countdown lineup here.
Every professional sports team has their share of goofball fans and crazy traditions. The Cubs are no different. As a transplant, I fit into the category that didn’t really grow up with the Cubs but was captivated by them somehow through some national exposure. In many fans’ cases, it was through WGN or the weekly prime time game on ESPN or FOX. But it might be true that aside from the Yankees, who have a huge fan base due in part to their legendary success and their ability to drive a bandwagon (no offense, Yankees fans), the Cubs may have one of the largest global network of fans in all of sports.
Consider the diversity you see just from interacting with us on the Facebook page. I even wrote a top ten list of different Cub fan archetypes that probably still applies today. When at the game, you can see the set of fans who are really into the game action. There’s another set that just wants to get drunk or take selfies. Then there’s the group that stays outside the ballpark, divided into the fans that decide to take in the game at a local bar in Wrigleyville, through the “knothole” along Sheffield, or even from the rooftops (blech). There are also the ball hawks who hope for a souvenir when a player really gets a hold of one and sends a baseball onto Waveland or Sheffield.
Fans range from the casual to the obsessed. Some may go so far as to send a goat’s head to Wrigley Field. Others buy season tickets and make sure to track the progress of every game on their personal scoresheets. And then there are those, like me, who enjoy taking their family to the game so everyone can share in the love of baseball and the Cubs.
Ultimately we all just want to have a good time while expressing ourselves the only way we know how. Our individuality as Cubs fans should be celebrated and is one of the best things about the franchise that we chose to devote our entertainment energy and dollars to. As we count 43 more sleeps until Opening Day, we thank you for sharing your fanhood with us here at World Series Dreaming.