Welcome to the day the Cubs came back to the World Series.
Taste that air you're breathing?
It hasn't tasted like that since 1945.
But you know what?
I am sick and tired of all that "old" crap.
Because this isn't that.
This Cubs team is the one people later are gonna say, "Oh. That's the team that changed everything in Chicago."
Have you seen the numbers of people watching?
When the Bears played the Packers last Thursday, the Cubs also played the Dodgers, about twice as many people watching baseball.
Anyway, what's your life been like the last couple days?
I can't make sense of anything.
Everything is unusual and... uncharacteristic.
Yesterday, a guy stopped in front of me and put on his blinker.
Just stopped... a big SUV.
I screamed at him as I drove by, only then realizing the guy was just waiting for someone to pull out so he could park.
I had just SCREAMED at him.
Then I looked in the mirror and thought what the hell is wrong with you, man?
Weird pressure gotta escape or something.
On Sunday, I actually told someone the World Series started Thursday.
I went to a meeting yesterday and no one was there, but I sat down anyway, waited.
It's like I just... haven't been here before, and I guess I haven't.
Because the Cubs are playing in the World Series.
So the other day when everybody went crazy because out of absolutely nowhere Kyle Schwarber was suddenly swinging a bat.
I thought well, that's nice he's ahead of schedule.
Then I heard yeah but what if they add him to the roster?
Totally had to...
When my kids were little and I'd take them to Disney movies, I would have to prepare myself because Disney is the master of emotional manipulation, right?
You become invested in the characters and there comes a point in the plot where everything changes, and they trick you with that emotional music and the next thing I know my 8 year old daughter is saying, "Dad. How come you're crying?"
It's embarrassing, so I would try to steel myself to not let that happen.
So when somebody just casually and suddenly mentions that a guy who we all adore but ripped his leg in half in the third game of the season.. that guy who's been working so hard to come back and now... Pat Hughes might say, "And coming up to bat... Kyle Schwarber."????
Seriously, I had to go in a conference room and shut the door.
I'm a wreck.
But what's new, right?
It's the 2016 World Series, and... the Cubs are in all the commercials for it.
It's the weirdest, most wonderful day ever.
Also, the TODAY show is giving away tix.