I feel as if this is the most obvious first blog for a post about baseball considering the season that we just had, but how can we not discuss the two streaks that ended in the 2016 post season? The Post Season is already a pretty exciting time but, what better way to spice up an intense match up than having one team fighting their hearts out to end a streak and another trying to hold onto one? The Chicago Cubs came into the Playoffs hoping to end a losing streak of one hundred and eight years while the San Francisco Giants tried to win the Series for their fourth consecutive even year win.
The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and now they have the chance to win in 2016 as they would compete against the Cubs in the National League Division Series. For some reason, The San Francisco Giants have a thing for even numbers. Five out of the eight World Series wins for the Giants, prior to the 2016 season, were achieved on a year ending in an even number. This is an odd streak to try keep aflame but, hey, whatever floats their goat, right? Try as they might, the Giants were unable to win the Series although early on it appeared that they had this one in the bag. There’s always 2018 though but, who knows maybe they’ll win in 2017 and start winning on just the odd numbered years.
The Cubs had a lot on the line during the 2016 post season, or did they? I mean, I guess they didn’t really have that much on the line if you think about it. They really had nothing to lose. Okay, so if they win the World Series they end a horrifically long losing streak. On the other hand, if they lose the Series, they wouldn’t lose a streak, they wouldn’t lose any fans. That’s why they’re known as lovable losers, right? Besides, would anyone really be surprised if they lost again? The Cubs came a long way in 108 years and luckily for the fans who have stayed and loved those losers, they were finally able to love those WINNERS when the young team that makes the Chicago Cubs finally became World Series Champions in 2016.