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Cold Takes: Giants

by M.G. Siegler

"I cheer my heart out. I sell the beer."

www.nytimes.com

While I'm obviously rooting for the Giants -- and holy shit, did you see Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday night?! -- the Cubs are the story of this playoff race. And I also have a soft spot for them, even though I have no real tie to Chicago -- undoubtedly because:

WGN, a division of the Tribune Company, which owned the Cubs at the time, was one of cable television’s first superstations, making its debut in 1978 on fledgling cable systems nationwide. Cubs games — including 81 played in the daytime at Wrigley, which did not have lights until 1988 — were beamed across the country, making the Cubs a kind of second home team for some. 
In places without major league teams, the Cubs were adopted as the home team.

I had the Indians growing up in Cleveland (also looking great this year), but the WGN thing meant it was easy to watch Cubs games as well. Also, it's hard to root against a team that hasn't won in 108 years -- did you know Wrigley Field opened six years after the Cubs last World Series title?! -- especially a team seemingly doing things the right way

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