It is a proud moment for Cubs fans the world over: For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are set to take the stage in the World Series, the biggest event in baseball.
The pressure to perform is enormous. Following a league leading 103-win season and a game six win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, the Cubs seem poised to complete a near perfect season against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.
The series has had a profound effect on the Leesville student body. People all over the halls, even teachers, are donning their favorite Cub’s outfits and supporting the squad through social media, using tags like “#FlyTheW” to show their support.
“I do think this is the Cub’s year,” said Harry Svensgaard, a junior baseball player on Leesville’s varsity squad. They have shutdown pitching and their hitting is solid throughout their lineup,” said Svensgaard.
Behind the winning record is a tight-knit squad of young, All-Star caliber players and a bullpen considered by many to be the best in the majors. Anthony Rizzo, first baseman, and Kris Bryant, third baseman, are both in the discussion for the National League MVP, and Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta are crafty pitchers looking to win the National League Cy Young award. The veteran players are no joke either: Miguel Montero and David Ross have collectively filled the position of catcher in well, and John Lackey and Jon Lester used their experience to collectively throw nearly 400 strikeouts and win 30 games this season.
Clearly, both the players and managers are prepared for what’s to come. “Obviously, this feels good,” Joe Maddon, general manager, stated in a press conference regarding the Cub’s success, “It’s going to be a formidable event. Our players are ready for it, I’ll promise you that.”
There has never been a more important time to support the Cubs than now. Whether you’re a longtime supporter or a bandwagon fan looking for some action, join the multitude of Leesville students cheering on the club by picking up some gear, watching the games and cheering on the team as they attempt to end the longest championship drought in all of sports history.