OPINION BY JENNIFER SCHALLMOSER
Only people from the Chicagoland area know what it’s like to be ridiculed for being a Cubs fan. Yes, that happened to me, especially when it became 108 years since the Cubs had won a World Series. Regardless of how many years it’s been, Chicago Cubs fans are the most loyal fans in the game. They have continued to stand by their team through thick and thin; no other team in the MLB can say that about their fans the way the Cubs can.
Although the 2015 season didn’t end as Cubs fans would have liked, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t great.
Because 2015 was great.
The Cubs had a fantastic season with 97 wins and 65 losses, which was better than the Mets’ season of 90 wins and 72 losses— just needed to throw that out there.
And for the record, the Cubs weren’t even supposed to be in the playoff picture this year. They weren’t supposed to be this good until 2016 or 2017.
The biggest reason for that was because the Cubs had four rookies in their starting lineup every game of the playoffs, which led to an amazing playoff run. In fact, they were the youngest team in history to make it as far as they did, and that is truly marvelous.
The Cubs also had the third- best record in baseball and beat the teams with the first and second best records. Ironically, all those teams were in the National League Central Division: The Cardinals, the Pirates and the Cubs.
But putting all statistics aside, this Cubs season was special for another reason. That other reason is social media—Twitter in particular.
The Chicago Cubs have about 705.4 thousand followers, and a good number of Cubs have their own Twitter accounts that they regularly tweeted from during the season. In April, Miguel Montero tweeted #WeAreGood after his famous interview in which he said those words, and the slogan has been trending ever since. That slogan is special to only the Chicago Cubs, and it’s incredible.
Another awesome hashtag trending on Twitter is #FlyTheW. Now if you’re not a Cubs fan, you may not know what this means. The biggest reason as to why these hashtags are so cool is because only Cubs fans get them. One good example is #FlyTheW. This particular hashtag refers to the white flag with the blue W that flies above the Wrigley Field whenever the Cubs win.
My favorite Cubs hashtag that’s trending all over Twitter is #KeepTheFaith. This one is unique because as Cubs fans, we know how hard it can be to stay hopeful and loyal towards our team sometimes, but we always get through it. And #KeepTheFaith is the best, in the sense that it’s a united idea that keeps Cubs fans together.
The 2015 season had nothing to do with billy goats or Bartman or “Back to the Future,” just baseball.