Sport: Wait Until This Year

An ivy harvest everywhere, not just Chicago

All four of the extraordinary baseball teams braced to play off this week qualify as flabbergasting. But while the Tigers and Royals have sampled defeat, and the Padres have done more than that, only the Cubs have stood for disillusionment, and their first success in 39 years has wrought a national catharsis. For Cub fans actually from Chicago, where this way of strife is passed down like a pickax from father to son, it must be gently annoying to find so many noble sufferers going public, besides...

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