The Chicago Cubs have played 20,308 games since 1876. When you've played that many games, everything can and will happen at some point. However, prior to 2012, the Cubs had never lost 12 straight one-run games. Thanks to Dale Sveum's Ursa Minors, the 2012 Chicago Cubs have now lost 12 straight one-run games.
The Cubs' previous mark for one-run futility was set back in 1915 while World War I was raging. Now that the Cubs have shattered a 97-year-old record by losing 12 straight one-run games, I wish they'd go about breaking a 104-year-old curse. As everyone from Chicago to Chickamauga knows, the Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908.
12 straight one-run losses
The mere thought of the Cubs (or any MLB team) losing 12 straight one-run games is almost incomprehensible. One thing it tells me is that Chicago has been competitive enough to play in 12 one-run games since May 11 (when this dubious streak began). I mean, this could have been 12 straight 10-run losses instead of 12 straight one-run losses.
One stereotype that I've heard attributed to MLB teams who lose lots of close games is that those teams either have inexperienced players on their rosters or wily veterans who've never won before (or both). Unless I am mistaken, no one on the Chicago Cubs' current active roster has been part of a team that's won a World Series crown.
The other typical characteristic of a team that loses 12 straight one-run games is an atrocious bullpen. I could have told Theo Epstein and Dale Sveum that it probably wasn't a good idea to go into the season with Carlos Marmol as Chicago's closer. But things haven't been any better in Chicago since Marmol's injury and his loss of the closer role.
One of the tenets of the mathematical concept of infinity is that over time, all possibilities eventually occur. So as the Chicago Cubs embark on their next 20,308 games all sorts of things (good and bad) are bound to take place. The question is will any of us actually be alive when that World Series thing finally takes place?
Patrick Michael is a resident of New Orleans, but grew up watching the Chicago Cubs on WGN with Harry Caray and Steve Stone as the announcers. A diehard Cubs fan, Patrick's favorite season was 1984 when the Chicago Cubs were one win away from reaching the World Series. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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