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|Colors:||Blue, red & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Hack Wilson, Billy Williams, Hoyt Wilhelm, Deacon White, Rube Waddell, Joe Tinker, Bruce Sutter, Al Spalding, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Robin Roberts, Rabbit Maranville, Fred Lindstrom, Tony Lazzeri, Tony LaRussa, Chuck Klein, Ralph Kiner, King Kelly, George Kelly, Fergie Jenkins, Monte Irvin, Rogers Hornsby, Billy Herman, Gabby Hartnett, Burleigh Grimes, Clark Griffith, Goose Gossage, Johnny Evers, Dennis Eckersley, Hugh Duffy, Dizzy Dean, Andre Dawson, Kiki Cuyler, John Clarkson, Frank Chance, Mordecai Brown, Lou Brock, Roger Bresnahan, Ernie Banks, Richie Ashburn, Cap Anson & Pete Alexander|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||Frankie Frisch, Leo Durocher, Lou Boudreau & Hank O’ Day|
|Rivals:||St Louis Cardinals & Chicago White Sox|
|Legends:||Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, Kerry Wood, Fergie Jenkins, Carlos Zambrano & Aramis Ramirez|
|Retired Numbers:||7: 10, 14, 23, 26, 31 & 42|
|World Series Championships:||3: 1907, 1908 & 2016|
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‘Back to the Future II’ was only a year off with their predictions of the Cubs winning the World Series, but on November 2, 2016, it finally happened. While Wrigley Field was quiet, outside the stadium in Wrigleyville the beer was going down, music was pumping, everyone was hugging, strangers were high-fiving and sure enough, there were tears flowing as much as the celebratory beers as on November 2.
Wrigleyville lifted 108-years of pain off their shoulders, as the Chicago Cubs became World Series champions for the third time. After all, it had been a century in between drinks so no wonder they were celebrating as they may have also banished the curse and may have finally forgiven one man for that infamous incident in the 2000s.
The Cubs were once a force in Major League Baseball claiming back-to-back World Series titles in 1907 and in 1908, but from there, their loyal fans waited over a century to taste the success and that is where the story of the Cubs really began. For the most part, the Cubs unwillingly had the name tag “loveable losers” which began in 1969 and continued since.
The Cubs made a few World Series since their 1908 victory, making the 1910, 1918 additions before somewhat having a golden period from 1928 to 1938 where they made four World Series appearances in 10 years without getting another trophy.
By 1945, fans were worried and whoever believed in superstitions or curses was well in their rights. The story goes as Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis, put a curse on the Cubs during game 4 of the World Series as his pet goat was disgruntling fans, and out of spite he launched a verbal tirade against the Cubs which has been known as the ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’.
It was evident that maybe the ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’ was real for the Cubs as they ended up losing the 1945 series to the Detroit Tigers, which even further supported the curse. From there, well the Cubs didn’t see a whole lot of postseason success or quite frankly be a competitive side for the next 38 years, as they often fell in the bottom part of the National League fluctuating from sixth to seventh, to eighth and even to 10th spot in the league.
The Cub’s worst seasons throughout that time occurred in 1962 where they finished in ninth spot with 59 wins and in 1966 where they finished one spot lower in 10th even though they recorded the same amount of wins.
With almost four decades gone since their last postseason action, the Cubs finally ended their drought when they played in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the San Diego Padres, after finishing first in the National League, however, they didn’t progress to the World Series as the curse was well and truly alive and struck the Cubs.
It would be almost another four years before they reached the same stage in the NLCS, this time facing San Francisco Giants in 1989, after the Giants took out the first game of the series, the Cubs responded with a win in game 2 but once again couldn’t proceed to the MLB showpiece event, bowing out of the NLCS with a 4-1 series defeat.
It would be another long wait for the Cubs to be seen in the postseason as seven years later in 1998, the Cubs made it to the National League Division Series (NLDS) where they would meet the Atlanta Braves after finishing the season in second place in the National League Central with 90 wins. The Cubs though once again lost the series 3-0.
Their next postseason appearance would be a memorable one for all the wrong reasons which just added to the Cubs storyline. After finishing the season in first place with 88 wins in the regular season the team finally tasted a little bit of postseason success when they won the NLDS over Atlanta Braves 3-2 which had eluded them in the past.
They advanced to the NLCS in 2003, where they would meet the Florida Marlins. The NLCS was highlighted by one incident which occurred in game 6 of the series. After the Marlins took out game 1 of the series, the Cubs responded by winning games 2, 3, and 4 before the Marlins hit back with a win in game 5, forcing a game 6.
Game 6 provided most of the storyline for this series and would forever go into Cubs folklore. The Cubs only needed to win this game so they could advance to their first World Series since 1945, but what transpired was something out of a fictional novel.
The Cubs were well on their way to victory leading the Marlins 3-0 in the eighth inning and 3-2 in the whole series, but when Luis Castillo hit a ball into the foul area of Wrigley Field, and just when you thought the Cubs and their fans hadn’t suffered enough a Cubs fan by the name of Steve Bartman reached out to get the ball.
By doing this he somewhat interfered with Cubs fielder Moises Alou’s attempt to catch the ball. Some believed that if Bartman didn’t go for the catch, the Cubs may have won the NLCS. If Alou did make the catch, the Cubs would have only needed a few more outs at that point.
After acquiring Derek Lee and Greg Maddux who returned to the Cubs, expectations rose for the franchise ahead of the 2004 season. It began with a good run early in the season which had one eye on the playoffs, but a late form slump in the season meant the Cubs missed out on back-to-back playoff spots when they finished third.
They missed out on a few more years before making the postseason in 2007 and 2008 when they finished first in the National League Central but crashed out in the NLDS on both occasions losing to Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
A rebuild was underway in 2013 when the Cubs drafted Kris Bryant with pick 2, as well as picking hard hitter Kyle Schwarber, but even with those additions, they finished fifth in the same year.
By 2014, the Cubs parted ways with coach Rick Renteria, in favor of Joe Maddon, and he instantly made the team more competitive by bringing in Dexter Fowler and pitcher Jon Lester. Maddon also gave starting berths to Bryant, Schwarber, and Addison Russell to the lineup and they clicked.
The Cubs finished third, which handed them a wildcard game against the Pittsburgh Pirates which they won, they progressed to the NLDS where they faced the Cardinals and they overcame them winning the series 3-1 but fell to the New York Mets in the NLCS.
By 2016, the Cubs added more artillery to their line-up signing free agent Ben Zobrist and also acquiring the services of Jason Heyward. Maddon now finally had the missing links he desperately needed to make a real threat to the World Series. It couldn’t have got off to a better start to the season as the Cubs won their opening three games often rotating between pitchers Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.
They ended the season with 103 wins placing them first in the National League Central, handing them a spot in the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. They made light work of the Giants defeating them 3-1.
They advanced to the NLCS where they faced the LA Dodgers. The Cubs hadn’t advanced past the NLCS since it was introduced and there may have been some thoughts that it would have been their undoing.
Despite the Cubs taking out game 1, the Dodgers responded and took out game 2 and 3. However, those thoughts quickly vanished as the Cubs took out games 4, 5, and 6 as they finally progressed to their first World Series since 1945.
The Cubs faced the Cleveland Indians in the MLB showpiece event, and they faced an uphill battle after losing game 1, the Cubs made it level pegging taking out game 2, but from there it was a see-sawing and nerve-wracking affair as the Indians took games 3 and 4, they had a 3-1 overall scoreline.
The Cubs weren’t going to let go that easily as they took the scoreline head-on and rallied together to claim games 5 and 6 to make it once more a level playing field, and so it went to game 7 with the winner taking it all.
Game 7 would be a classic and it had all the drama, after taking an early lead in the first inning the Indians hit back in the third, but the Cubs reclaimed their advantage by getting two players home in the fourth and fifth innings while also having a sigh of relief when they ticked over the runs in the sixth inning.
Despite the Cubs having a solid foundation on the scoreboard, the Indians were not going down without a fight as they crossed three players home in the eighth inning. After a scoreless ninth inning, the game reached its climax with the World Series finale going to an extraordinary 10th inning.
The Cubs though, got two players home compared to one from the Indians, to end a long, draining, and emotional 108-year wait for the Cubs to finally be called World Series champions, and more importantly, the curse of ‘Billy the Goat’ and the Bartman incident would no longer shine over the Cubs.
In many ways, the World Series win was a fresh start ahead of the 2017 season as the Cubs were no longer the ‘loveable losers’, but were now the hunted. They showed no signs of slowing down when they finished first in the National League Central making the postseason once again for the third season in a row.
Despite winning the NLDS over the Washington Nationals, the Cubs bowed out of the NLCS to the Dodgers. While the Cubs made it four seasons in a row for a postseason appearance in 2018 when they made it to the Wild Card Game, after finishing second in the National League Central, they couldn’t advance any further as they fell to Colorado Rockies.
After a year without any postseason, the Cubs returned in the 2020 shortened season (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw the league play 60 games instead of the normal 162 games) by winning 34 games, which was enough to hand them first place.
Due to the shortened season, it meant that even with the Cubs finishing first in the National League Central, they had to play an in Wild Card game, where they would face the Miami Marlins, but the Cubs couldn’t go any further in the postseason, losing the series 2-0.
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The Cubs started the season with +1300 value to claim the World Series title, and it may have looked like they were heading in that direction as in the opening first five games they only dropped one game.
By July 29 their value went up slightly to +1600 after a defeat to the Cincinnati Reds. By the time August arrived, the Cub’s value began to rise as on August 14, they had +1833 value, even after winning three games in a row.
Just a few days later on August 19, it went up more as they had +1867, although their recent form on the field may have had something to do with it because they only won two games of their previous six games at that point.
September wasn’t that flash for the Cubs in terms of their odds. Despite winning the first two games in September, the Cubs hit a mini form slump from September 3 to September 11 (and another one mid-to-late September).
After losing two games in a row, the Cubs saw their value at +2000 on September 6, and 10 days later on September 16 they were +2150, from there it just got worse for the Cubs as their value for a fourth World Series title skyrocketed.
After losing three games to the Pirates, the Cubs were at their highest odds for the season on September 23 boosting a +4650 odds, but it got worse as two days later even after beating the White Sox, they had a +31000 value next to their name on September 25. They ended up winning their last game of the season on September 27 with a win over the White Sox, and by October 31, they had a value of +2500.
The Chicago Cubs ended the season with a 29-33-0 run line, which meant the Cubs were ranked 22nd in the MLB when it came to the overall run-line, it got worse for them when they were the home team as they went down to being ranked 27th with a 13-20-0 record. It was a different story when they were the away team, as they were in the top 10 of the MLB, ranking ninth in the MLB with a 15-12-0 record.
When looking at the over / under, the Cubs were placed 20th in the MLB in terms of the overall over / under record as they had a record of 29-32-1. They had the second-worst home record in the league as they were ranked 29th, with a record of 12-20-1. It was a dramatic improvement when they were the away team, as they went from second bottom to being the third-best away team in the MLB with a 16-11-0 record.
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Where do the Chicago Cubs play?
The Chicago Cubs play their games at Wrigley Field.
Who owns the Chicago Cubs?
The Chicago Cubs are owned by the Ricketts Family.
Have the Chicago Cubs won an MLB World Series?
The Chicago Cubs have won three MLB World Series titles in 1907, 1908 and 2016.
Who is the Chicago Cubs general manager?
Jed Hoyer is the general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
Do the Chicago Cubs play tonight?
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What is the Chicago Cubs record?
The Chicago Cubs had a 34-26 win-loss record for the 2020 MLB season.
Did the Chicago Cubs win last night?
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How much are the Chicago Cubs worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Chicago Cubs are worth $3.2 billion.
Who do the Chicago Cubs play tonight?
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How to watch the Chicago Cubs?
You can watch the Chicago Cubs games on TV channels like Marquee Sports Network, NBC Sports Chicago and the MLB Network such as MLB.TV.
Will the Chicago Cubs make the playoffs this year?
The Chicago Cubs did make the playoffs in the 2020 MLB season as they finished in first place in the National League Central with a 34-26 win-loss ratio which meant they played in the Wild Card game, but went down to the Miami Marlins.
Will the Chicago Cubs get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Chicago Cubs received the 22nd pick in the 2021 MLB draft.
When do the Chicago Cubs play?
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Where did the Chicago Cubs finish the season?
The Chicago Cubs finished the 2020 MLB season in first place in the National League Central.
How many games did the Chicago Cubs win?
The Chicago Cubs won 34 games during the 2020 MLB season.
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