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Don’t get too attached to Ian Happ

During the rebuilding years, an essential part of being a fan of the Chicago Cubs was falling in love with the current batch of prospects and following their progress through the minors with almost as much (or more) fervor as the big league team. While there isn’t quite the embarrassment of riches down on the […]


Why Do We Care About Bandwagon Fans?

By clinching their postseason spot before any other team, the Cubs earned a special privilege: first crack at The Bandwagon Conversation. Even as people were gathering in celebration around a vacant Wrigley Field, others were noting archly that many of them were Johnnies-come-lately who only started following the team when it was clear this year’s […]


World Series Shuffle? Not Yet, But Comparisons to Chicago Legends Begin to Appear

Editor’s note: Sometimes people just appear in your inbox. Such was the case with Martin Johnson, who’s best known as a jazz critic for the Wall Street Journal and a general feature writer at The Root. He’s also written about sports here and there, most notably at The Root and at Slate. Anyway, when he asked if we’d like to run […]