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Cubs superfan from Charlottetown says pennant win was worth the wait

['<p>Chicago Cubs players celebrate after Game 6 of the National League championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win the series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.</p>']
['<p>Chicago Cubs players celebrate after Game 6 of the National League championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win the series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.</p>']

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A Charlottetown Chicago Cubs fan says it feels like his favourite team has already won the World Series.

That should put how much pressure Cubs fans have felt over the years into some perspective.

The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday to take the National League pennant in six games. Chicago travels to Cleveland for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

Dave MacIsaac, coach of the P.E.I. Junior Islanders baseball team, has been a huge Cubs fan since the mid-1970s.

He’s such a big Cubs fan that he named his son Ryne after well known Cubs infielder Ryne Sandberg.

“You feel like you’ve already won just getting to the (World) Series. The World Series might be a little less stressful,’’ MacIsaac laughed in an interview Sunday night. “The trick is to get to the playoffs every year.’’

MacIsaac said he could barely watch the ninth inning on Saturday, even though the Cubs were up 5-0 with hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman on the mound.

“Once you get to that point you just hold your breath, close your eyes and hope for something good to happen.’’

When a double-play ball ended the game, MacIsaac said he felt a lifetime of frustration immediately lift off his shoulders.

He and Ryne watch every game in the exact same spots every time. They’re superstitious. No one is allowed to sit in their seats. The stress is that intense that MacIsaac’s wife and daughter, both Cubs fans, have to watch the game in another room.

“Me and Ryne gave each other a high-five and then we cracked a beer. Never had one during the game. It felt kind of like the 1980 U.S. Olympic (hockey) team. You feel like you’ve already won the World Series and you really haven’t.’’

It’s the Cubs first trip to the World Series in 71 years. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908.

MacIsaac has lived through the Cubs taking a 2-0 lead only to lose to Steve Garvey and the San Diego Padres in the 1980s and the infamous Steve Bartmann game in 2003 when the Cubs were oh-so close but blew the game.

“I said last night to my son . . . even when it was 5-0 with one out in the ninth (inning) I am waiting for something bad to happen (but) the way they’re built now is different from the way they were built before.’’

MacIsaac is cautiously optimistic against the American League champion Cleveland Indians but he knows he won’t be easy.

He’ll sit in his favourite seat, hold his breath and hope the Cubs have four more wins under their belt.

dave.stewart@tc.tc

Twitter.com/DveStewart

A Charlottetown Chicago Cubs fan says it feels like his favourite team has already won the World Series.

That should put how much pressure Cubs fans have felt over the years into some perspective.

The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday to take the National League pennant in six games. Chicago travels to Cleveland for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

Dave MacIsaac, coach of the P.E.I. Junior Islanders baseball team, has been a huge Cubs fan since the mid-1970s.

He’s such a big Cubs fan that he named his son Ryne after well known Cubs infielder Ryne Sandberg.

“You feel like you’ve already won just getting to the (World) Series. The World Series might be a little less stressful,’’ MacIsaac laughed in an interview Sunday night. “The trick is to get to the playoffs every year.’’

MacIsaac said he could barely watch the ninth inning on Saturday, even though the Cubs were up 5-0 with hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman on the mound.

“Once you get to that point you just hold your breath, close your eyes and hope for something good to happen.’’

When a double-play ball ended the game, MacIsaac said he felt a lifetime of frustration immediately lift off his shoulders.

He and Ryne watch every game in the exact same spots every time. They’re superstitious. No one is allowed to sit in their seats. The stress is that intense that MacIsaac’s wife and daughter, both Cubs fans, have to watch the game in another room.

“Me and Ryne gave each other a high-five and then we cracked a beer. Never had one during the game. It felt kind of like the 1980 U.S. Olympic (hockey) team. You feel like you’ve already won the World Series and you really haven’t.’’

It’s the Cubs first trip to the World Series in 71 years. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908.

MacIsaac has lived through the Cubs taking a 2-0 lead only to lose to Steve Garvey and the San Diego Padres in the 1980s and the infamous Steve Bartmann game in 2003 when the Cubs were oh-so close but blew the game.

“I said last night to my son . . . even when it was 5-0 with one out in the ninth (inning) I am waiting for something bad to happen (but) the way they’re built now is different from the way they were built before.’’

MacIsaac is cautiously optimistic against the American League champion Cleveland Indians but he knows he won’t be easy.

He’ll sit in his favourite seat, hold his breath and hope the Cubs have four more wins under their belt.

dave.stewart@tc.tc

Twitter.com/DveStewart

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