Thanks, Rizz, Kris and Javier. Chicago will never forget 2016

Today, as three more core members of that great and thoroughly entertaining World Series team move on, we’d just like to say farewell and thank you. You broke the Cubbie curse.

SHARE Thanks, Rizz, Kris and Javier. Chicago will never forget 2016
Cubs_Title_Defense_Baseball.JPG

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning the World Series on Nov. 3, 2016.

AP Photos

Anthony Rizzo was an emotional basket case, but so were a lot of us.

It was the top of the fifth inning in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, the Cubs were beating Cleveland 4 to 1, and Rizzo, leaning over catcher David Ross in the dugout, could hardly contain himself. The Cubs were closing in on their first championship in 108 years.

“I can’t control myself right now. I’m trying my best,” Rizzo told Ross, a seasoned veteran called “Grandpa.” “I’m emotional … I’m an emotional wreck.”

“It’s only gonna get worse,” Ross counseled. “Just continue to breathe.”

We all continued to breathe. The Cubs won. Happy people cried.

Editorials bug

Editorials

The Cubs haven’t won another World Series since, despite an embarrassment of once-young talent, and to this day we’re not sure why. We always figured we were watching a dynasty in the making. But we’ll leave that to the sportswriters.

Today, as three more core members of that great and thoroughly entertaining team move on, we’d just like to say farewell and thank you. You broke the Cubbie curse and that, for many of us, was winning enough.

First baseman Rizzo, a Cub since 2012, is headed to the New York Yankees. They’ll love him in that town. Third baseman Kris Bryant, a Cub since 2015, is headed to the San Francisco Giants. Shortstop Javier Baez, a Cub since 2014, is headed to the New York Mets. If New Yorkers think Broadway is fun, they haven’t seen Baez run the bases.

Except when up against the Cubs or Sox, may they all fare well.

Send letters to letters@suntimes.com.

The Latest
Many people who know the independent-minded, proto-feminist’s iconic paintings of flowers and the American Southwest are likely to be surprised that from 1925-30 she primarily also created 25 or so scenes of Manhattan, where she was living at the time.
Las playas de Chicago estarán abiertas todos los días con salvavidas hasta el Día del Trabajo. El pasado viernes, los visitantes se dispersaron por la playa de North Avenue, descansando en las toallas y jugando en el agua.
Como parte de la exposición “Flight of the Butterflies” (“El vuelo de mariposas”), diez obras de arte de 6 pies de altura, han aterrizado en Michigan Avenue.
Samaya Acker, alumna de último año de la Air Force Academy High School, ubicada en el lado sur de la ciudad, dice: “Me ha puesto de los nervios”, al referirse a las deficiencias del nuevo formulario, que han retrasado la concesión de ayudas económicas y las decisiones sobre la universidad de muchos estudiantes de último curso de secundaria y de otros estudiantes que esperan ir a la universidad el año que viene.
The music superstar is facing multiple lawsuits, including one from Rodney Jones, 38, who grew up in Chicago’s gospel music community.