The emotion of the Chicago Cubs clinching their first berth in the World Series since 1945, and the romance surrounding what was truly an historic moment for the franchise and its fans were wonderful. From the stories of fans in their 80s who were little kids the last time the Cubs were on this stage, to those of sons and daughters whose parents lived much of their lives hoping and wishing for this moment to come again, only to pass on too soon, the magical run to the Fall Classic has been touching and has provided fans a rare, truly meaningful connection to sport.
But as we sit here hours before the first pitch is thrown in Cleveland tonight, it is time to move on. It is time to stop the romanticizing about simply being here and refocus on the prize. The Cubs' players have done it and, let's be honest, that's all that really matters; whether fans are focused or not will have nothing to do with the outcome. But we have had our moments of joyful tears, laughs and fist-pumping cheers -- and we are now in uncharted waters. A significant minority among us has ever witnessed what we will see tonight, and that in itself is a magical thing. Embrace it, cherish it and share it with the people you love. Where will you be and who will be sitting beside you when Kyle Schwarber slugs a homer in his first game back after missing all but three games this season?
A lifetime of memories, win or lose, are about to be made for thousands if not millions of Cubs fans across the country. Move on, and embrace the moment.