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.”
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. Billy Sunday and Ernie Banks, Three Finger Brown and Ryne Sandberg, Bill Buckner, the Bartman Ball, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo—the early dominance followed by a 107 year trek across the wilderness. It’s all here, in The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse—not just what happened, but what it felt like and what it meant.
Featuring extensive interviews with players, owners, and coaches, this mix of memoir, reporting, history, and baseball theology—forty years in the making—has never been written because it never could be. Only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc ofthe story finally be understood.
"As a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan this reviewer had low expectations of enjoyment from Rich Cohen’s recent contribution to the genre . . . Cohen, who has written for The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated magazines and published previous books on topics as diverse as Jewish gangsters, the Rolling Stones and the Chicago Bears, has produced the best sports book of 2017."—Lincoln Journal Star
"Plenty enough illumination to wow casual baseball fans and engage even the hardest-core Cubs fan . . . that long-awaited World Series win was undoubtedly a gift, and Cohen did with it what the best writers do: He turned it into something lasting.”—Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune
“[There] is already a succession of books on the Chicago Cubs’ historic 2016 World Series championship . . . but [Cohen's] might be the best, since it’s both a deeply satisfying historical account of that colorful franchise and a compelling, all-too-painful personal narrative of one longtime, besotted Cubs fan."—Booklist (starred review)
"[Cohen] rehearses in swift, entertaining fashion the genesis of the team and its glory years (there were many early on) and long decades of mediocrity . . . His many personal stories, strung like holiday lights throughout the narrative, illuminate a fan's frangible heart that annually repaired itself."—Kirkus Reviews
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CHAPTER NO. 01
“THERE’S NO ROOTING IN THE PRESS BOX”
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