Can Cubs Go Back To The Future?

The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. That’s 107 years ago for anyone counting. But hey – anyone can have a bad century!

But can the Cubs break the Curse of the Billy Goat this year? The curse dates back to 1945 when a Chicago bar owner by the name of Billy Sianis was banned from the Wrigley Field ballpark when he tried to sneak in his pet goat into a World Series game. Fans complained about the stinky goat and the team kicked Billy out of the park. The owner of the Billy Goat Tavern vowed revenge, declaring, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

The goat wasn’t the only thing that stunk up the place. The 1945 Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers and have never been back to the World Series ever since that fateful encounter with a goat.

In 2015 the New York Mets stand in the way of a Cubs team making the World Series. But one thing going for Cubbies is a movie prediction. In the 1989 movie, “Back to the Future Part II”, the Cubs actually win the 2015 World Series.

Ironically, the screenwriter was a guy named Bob Gale – a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Gale tried dreaming up the most improbable scenario for a movie about the future and realized that the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series was a plot no one could ever predict or would ever believe. See movie clip below:

Back To The Future

In a recent interview with ESPN, Gale said, “It’s a double joke because they win the World Series against Miami – which didn’t have Major League Baseball in 1989…but we were predicting there would be a Major League team in Miami.”

By the way, Universal Pictures is releasing the 30th anniversary Back To The Future three-pack on Tuesday, October 20.

It would be fun the see the Cubs break the Curse. The 2015 Cubs have an important Sacramento connection on their roster – pitching coach Chris Bosio.

Chris Bosio Photos - 2013/02/18 @ Mesa, AZ

 

Bosio played ball at Cordova High School and Sacramento City College. In the Majors, he threw a No-Hitter  for the Seattle Mariners on April 22, 1993. He began coaching baseball in 1998 and taught my son how to pitch when Matt was in Arden Little League.

So for all those reason I’m rooting for the Cubs to win it all.¬† Maybe this is the year the Cubs will go Back To The Future.

About Mike

Mike Luery is an award-winning journalist with 25 years on TV and radio. Currently, he is an investigative reporter with KCRA-TV, the top-ranked station in Sacramento. This is Luery's second tour of duty with KCRA, where he was also a reporter from 1984 - 2000. In between, he was NBC's Capitol Bureau Chief in California and a reporter for CBS 13 in Sacramento. Luery lives in northern California with his wife Carol. Baseball Between Us is his first book.
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