Friday, September 12, 2008

The Cubs Will Win Because Bernie Mac Is Dead

There is a case to be made that Bernie Mac is bad luck for the Cubs and possibly Dusty Baker. This was once discussed by my roommates and I a couple years ago, and I thought about it recently after Mac's passing. Here goes:

Life long Chicago White Sox fan, Bernie Mac, was asked to sing "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" during the 7th Inning Stretch of Game 6 of the NLCS in 2003. My first question is, "Do the Cubs not have famous enough fans?" What's wrong with Bill Murray? John Cusack? Billy Corgan (who incidentally sang at Game 7)? Jeff Garland? What about old Cubs legends? Ryne Sandberg? Mark Grace? Ernie Banks? Billy Williams? RON SANTO? C'mon- he's already in the press box! But NO- they get a White Sox fan because he's moderately funny (I'm being generous) and was filming Mr. 3000 where he portrays a Brewer. Nice choice, Cubs.

As if that wasn't bad enough, where one would normally sing "Root, root, root for the CUBBIES" he sang "Root, root, root for the champs." At the time, I immediately was angry saying, "If he jinxes us I will be so pissed off." Well, as the opposite of luck would have it, with 5 outs to go, a 3-0 lead, and Mark Prior on the mound, the Dusty Baker-led Cubs started to unravel. We all know the rest. Moises Alou doesn't catch a foul ball because of (or not because of- I can't figure it out) a fan named Steve Bartman. Alex Gonzales boots a double play ball. By the end of the inning, the Cubs are down 8-3 and they eventually lose the series.

So you have the obvious Bernie Mac jinxed the Cubs because he sang the song incorrectly connection. However, my old roommate was watching the 2002 World Series on ESPN Classic about a year later. If you recall, Dusty Baker was managing the SF Giants against the Angels. The Giants were up 5-3 and 5 outs away from a World Series Championship, when they were lit up by Angels hitting. If you watch the game over, an ad for the Bernie Mac Show is clearly posted on the backstop. While FOX was advertising their TV show, they inadvertently (or maybe it was on purpose) cursed Dusty Baker. Dusty brought the curse with him to Chicago and the Cubs fell prey to the same fate as the Giants.

Now that Mr. Mac is gone, the curse dies with him and the Cubs are free to win a World Series. There's no Dusty, no Bernie, no Bartman, and don't let any Goats into Wrigley to make up for past altercations (Goats don't even like baseball)- the time has come to forget about all these stupid superstitions and win 11 games in October.

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