That was some kinda celebration, huh?
It looked like Lollapalooza from my office, and then Oif got it on his computer for the speech part and he goes, "Man, just think if this was the Cubs."
Oif, you have to understand, is a member of the deeply, deeply scarred.
The Double Deeplys.
When I first met him years and years ago, he told me he didn't like Ron Santo.
"How could you not like Ron Santo?" I asked.
And he thought for a minute and I could see he was struggling for an answer and finally blurted out, "BECAUSE HE RUINED MY LIFE!"
He was probably 6 in '69.
So when Oif gets wistful about the Cubs, it's a real kind of wistful.
Then he asked, "How many honest to God Blackhawk Fans you think there are in Chicago? Fifty? A Hundred thousand?"
No idea, I said.
"Can you even imagine what it would be like if the Cubs won the World Series?"
There was about a 2 day span in 2003 when I actually thought that might happen.
I felt this crazy joy, and if I'm completely honest with you I also felt a particular terror.
Like finding out your parents aren't your parents.
Or having that weird dream where I suddenly find myself on this long staircase and the sleeping devil in the grass suddenly wakes up and shoots me with his harpoon thing and now I'm falling..falling...
And I wake up with the tv on and the bases are loaded with Mariners and there's Shawn Camp giving up a single to somebody named Zunzio?
And the Cubs lose 4-5 and everything is back to normal.