The Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs

Story of A Curse

Book - 2017
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When Rich Cohen was eight years old, his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked him to make a promise. “Promise me you will never be a Cubs fan. The Cubs do not win,” he explained, “and because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations. That team will screw up your life.” As a result, Cohen became not just a Cubs fan but one of the biggest Cubs fans in the world. In this book, he captures the story of the team, its players and crazy days. A mix of memoir, reporting, history and baseball theology, this book, forty years in the making, has never been written because it never could be―only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc of the story finally be understood.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780374120924
Branch Call Number: Sports & Games 796.357 Coh


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Oct 30, 2017

Being a Cubs fan had always a required a mix of hope, foolishness, blind loyalty, and the ability to persevere with the knowledge that there would be no reward for any of it. 2016 changed that. It left we old timers a bit bereft. Much as we enjoyed and savored the first Series win in 108 years, we had no idea how to be winners. Mr. Cohen grasps this fully, and uses it as the underpinning of his very readable book. There is enough of the club's history to allow non-fans to understand the curse and the psychologically repressive effect it carried. Cohen helps the reader see behind the scenes and understand what a huge paradigm shift was required to put together the team that won the '16 Series. He masterfully conveys the wide range of emotions that fans went through in the '16 postseason - fear of winning, fear of losing, and every shade and hue in between. Recommended to all fans of baseball.


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