NPR's Scott Simon chronicles how The Chicago Cubs inspired such fervor and dedication from their fans, and how their 2016 win transcended sports to become an underdog narrative for the whole nation.
NPR's Scott Simon's personal, heartfelt reflections on his beloved Chicago Cubs, replete with club lore, memorable anecdotes, frenetic fandom and wise and adoring intimacy that have made the world champion Cubbies baseball's most tortured—and now triumphant—franchise.
No metaphor is necessary; the Chicago Cubs have been the living example of disappointment and failure for more than a century—until now. The Cubs' 2016 World Series win marked the end of a 108-year drought in the team's history, and Game 7 will forever be remembered as one of the most thrilling, monumental moments in sports history.
For Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and a lifelong Cubs fan, it was a moment he never thought he'd live to see. MY CUBS chronicles Simon's adolescence in Chicago as a die-hard fan to tell the story of the relationship between the team and the neighborhood and city, and how the condition of Cubness has both charmed and haunted the lives of so many fans. From theories and curses to jinxes and myths, Simon chronicles how a team of "loveable losers" inspired such fervor and dedication from their fans, and how their 2016 win transcended sports to become an underdog narrative for the whole nation.
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I loved this book so much. I read it in about two sittings, it had a lovely style so true to Scott Simon's voice that I could pretty much hear him reading it to me. I also loved the woodcut-style illustrations. Chicago is a beloved destination, not home, to me but my heart breaks when I hear of the troubles there and I hope that winning the World Series is just the start of many shining moments and victories for the Windy City. Really, really loved this book.
As a Cubs fan I was primed to like this book and I was not disappointed. Mr. Simon has an easy conversational writing style that I enjoy in this kind of story. Because of Mr. Simon’s peripheral connection to the Cubs I was treated to a few insider stories, but ultimately the book is about Mr. Simon’s experience of being a Cubs fan. Other Cubs fans will see some of themselves on these pages but this book is not only for Cubs fans. Sports fans and baseball fans in particular will be able to relate to the fan experience and everyone will gain some insight into what it means to be a Cubs fan and why 2016 was so special.
Scott Simon's book is a conversational narrative of what it was like to grow up a Cubs fan. He hits on most bullet points that fans will already be familiar with (goat curse, black cat, Bartman, etc) but he tells the tales well, and it's like sitting around the dinner table listening to stories told by your elders. He puts a personal flavor on it and he has some interesting stories. A little wandering in points, but I digress. Any Cubs fan will feel a little verklempt reading the recap of the 2016 games and ultimate win. Just like the Cubs, this is a winner.
First and foremost I am an A's fan, so I have to say that page 75 was a low blow there Mr.Simon.
But as a lover of baseball I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Mr. Simons accounts of waiting and watching for that day I felt like I was a part of it. The section talking about the "Brock for Brogloo" was truly my 2016 season. A's traded both Zobrist and Crisp. One became a Cub the other an Indian and what do they do? The A's don't make it to the play offs and thoes two play in the World Series. Because of that one section and many more he made me feel like his story was mine.
It is a true fan story and I hope that one day I can write something like this for my team.
So congrats to Mr.Simon and his Cubs. And if by some chance you read this review I hope the Fold's "Let's Go Cubbies" plays at your home as much as it does at mine!
As a born, raised, and will die Chicago Cubs fan who grew up in the north side suburbs of Chicago, the 2016 Cubs team and their victorious season was a life-changing and emotional experience. Scott Simon comes as close as anyone can in capturing the feeling, the sense of identity, that people have as Cubs fans and explaining it to those "not in the family". While the book is really specific to Simon's experience, it does a good job of evoking the general experience of being a Cubs fan. An enjoyable read, for those who are Cubs fans, those who are baseball enthusiasts, and those who just want to understand Cubs fans better and why the 2016 experience was such a big deal.
this is a decent book if you're a cubs fan. I love the cubs and watched them win in a bar in Disney world (I never thought I'd have to worry about that when I booked my trip). it was amazing and reading this book made me relive that moment all over again. living in Syracuse, ny (Yankee country boo) it is hard for me to connect to the same memories or feeling the author has beyond the 03 Steve bartman incident, getting swept in 15, and of course winning in 16. Simon can provide an insight many can't due to his family connections and it was nice to hear stories of the past, of a history that's a bit harder for those far away from the friendly confines to know about. hopefully, someday, i can make it out to Chicago and see a game. many cub fans will enjoy this short, quick read.
firsttoread.com gave me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted on goodreads.com. I did not enjoy this book. It was written by a Cubs fan who happened to be born into the lives of former Cubs legends but I have a feeling he never embraced this life until the Cubs made the world series for the first time in anyone's life. The book had no depth and I did not learn one thing except that he knows some interesting people.