Saturday, March 31, 2007

This year is next year! (Really!)

Tomorrow Major League Baseball kicks off yet another season, which means that it's the one day of the season when hope will spring equally for all 30 of MLB's member clubs. The fans of any of those teams can legitimately state, for at least a brief while, that their squad has a chance to go all the way to the World Series. Of course, most of those dreams will be dashed in short order as small-market teams succumb to the onslaught of the likes of the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Mets and the Dodgers. And at the same time, there may be the Cinderella story or two in the form of a team from which no one expected anything, but that remains in contention deep into the summer, maybe beyond.

And then there are the Cubs fans. No one need tell us what year this is - it's the 99th year since the Chicago National League Ball Club ended a season as the kings of baseball. No other team in professional sports can "sport" such a record. But this year ... I just have a feeling that this is it. So I will go out on a limb like a lunatic and predict that the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series this year.

And if not this year, then definitely next year.

And if not then, then surely it will be the year after that.

And if not ... oh, well, you get the idea.


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