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San Francisco Giants Win 2012 World Series: Chicago Cubs Fan's Take

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As "I-Can-Grow-A-Sweet-Beard-Too" Sergio Romo threw an 89-mph pitch that Miguel Cabrera watched go by, not only did the San Francisco Giants win the World Series, but something else became official : the Chicago Cubs added another year to their epically long World Series drought --which now stands at 104.

Like I do every year, I watched the World Series. And the case was similar to past years: I didn't really care who won. I found both the Giants and the Detroit Tigers to be deserved champions. As the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were battling in the NLCS, my thoughts were that the Tigers would be able to beat whoever the National League threw out. However, when I watched how the Giants won the NLCS --namely coming back from a 3-1 deficit-- I was instantly reminded of 2004. It was there that the Boston Red Sox came back from an 0-3 deficit on the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Much like here in 2012, the World Series was an afterthought. The National League could have sent the All-Star team to face Boston in the 2004 World Series and Boston still would have swept. The Giants had the same type of "thing" going here in 2012.

There's something to be said for watching something like the World Series with no fan allegiance on the line. You're able to enjoy the game in a way you can't when you're team is playing. While I won't pretend I wouldn't have rather seen the Chicago Cubs playing for the title, it's a small consolation to get to enjoy the game in a way I simply can't when the Cubs are playing. I care too much. When watching the Giants and Tigers (or anyone that isn't the Cubs), I was able to enjoy every big strikeout, home run, clutch play, and defensive gem for its own sake. It was nice. Not as nice as seeing the Cubs win the World Series, but nice nonetheless.

For me, the Giants were an easy team to cheer for. For that matter, so were the Tigers. But I felt that to be especially true with the Giants. I also loved the endless supply of energy the fans in San Fransisco showed in each and every game. Unless you were a Cardinals or Tigers fan, you almost had to get excited for the whole spectacle just because the energy was so contagious.

Every time I watch an energetic team with an energetic fan base win the World Series, I can't help but think of what it's going to be like when the Cubs' day finally comes. Hopefully, when that day does come, they're as likeable as the San Francisco Giants were here in 2012.

Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed Major League Baseball throughout.


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