COMMENTARY | With probably a few exceptions, most teams think they have the best fans in their respective sport. And since there is no viable way of measuring that claim, every team that thinks that will forever be correct.
However, I like to think that Chicago Cubs fans are a cut above the rest -- not as a sleight to the commitment and dedication among others, but for the following reasons:
The Cubs Haven't Won in Over 100 years
Is there really anyone who doesn't know this? But what fan allegiance boils down to is loyalty, and loyalty is hardest to keep in times of adversity. And since Cubs history has basically been a 100-year encyclopedic definition of adversity, it would make sense that it has taken the most loyalty for fans to stick around.
It's a Brotherhood
That 100 years of adversity has created a "brothers in arms" type of comradery between fans that can't be found anywhere else -- and could only have been cultivated by something as terrible as the Cubs' World Series drought.Love of Tradition
Baseball is a sport that basks in tradition, and the Cubs have more of it than almost anyone. It might not be a winning tradition, but tradition nonetheless.Wrigley Field
Despite a lackluster history of losing at the park, Wrigley has become as much of being a Cubs fan as anything. Eddie Vedder calls it "the home of our joy and our tears" in his Cubs tribute "All the Way." Much like Cubs loyalty, for better or worse, Wrigley is going to be a part of whatever happens for the Cubs -- World Series or not.They Get Excited Over Everything
This comes with a condescending tone, I suppose, but it's true. Cubs fans get mega-excited over every potential prospect, winning streak, rumor, or signing. The naysayers will tell you that excitement is lame, but, if you buy into it, it's intoxicating. It's also a lot of fun.They Want to Win More Than Anyone
Everyone wants to win, but Cubs fans want it more than anyone because of the ludicrously long World Series drought. Perhaps it's better to just win regularly, but the build-up is a big part of being a Cubs fan.Fans Expect to Win
The reputation the Cubs have built is that of the "lovable losers." And by extension, that fans flock to Wrigley to get drunk with no real care about the actual game. While that might have been true at some point, it's isn't anymore. Despite unwavering loyalty from fans, they'll "boo" as quick as any fans and expect a competitive product on the field.Hope Reigns Supreme. Always
Cubs fans live in the moment better than anyone. One, there isn't much positive to cling to in the past. Two, "next year" is always going to be the one that finally releases all that bottled up excitement.Wanting to be Part of Something Special
Even if a Cubs fan, after decades of heartache and heartbreak, has the pull to walk away from the team, he or she doesn't. It's hardwired hand-in-hand with the "next year" disease. The only thing worse than suffering through Cubs heartbreak would be to walk away from it only to have them finally win it all.
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