The other morning, this actually happened.
Up in the toniest part of Heaven, George Steinbrenner's wife Joan walked out onto the veranda, where George, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, and Billy Martin were playing cards.
(Billy and George have a "deal" with God - for both of them to stay up here, they have to be friends.)
"George darling, I have a matter to discuss privately if you don't mind."
She looked serious.
"Bottoms up, guys." said George.
The guys all finished their drinks and shuffled out.
No one was disappointed... surely there would be cards over at Babe's place.
Once they'd gone, Joan began.
"You are aware that Chicago... (deep sigh)... the... Cubs..."
"God yes, I know."
George looked at the tall privacy fence at the edge of the yard and yelled, "It's a COMPlIMENT! But sorry!"
"Yes the Cubs. The... World Champion Cubs..."
"I said I KNOW!" George interrupted, "It's apparently been freezing downstairs."
Then Elizabeth said, "The owners from way back, the Wrigley's, have... moved. Here. In fact, we're neighbors."
'WHAT?" (George spit up a little scotch, but Joan pretended not to notice.)
"It's true. And not just William. Phillip K. and William III are living in the coachhouse."
"But... I thought all those Cubs people lived in Pergatroy?"
Shaking her head, Joan explained that as soon as the Cubs won the World Series, all Cub Fans were "in heaven".
George asked, "Even owners from 1916?"
"Yes, and it's only polite to welcome them so, now we're... we're going to have to ask them over for dinner."
George said, "But if we invite the Wrigley's over... don't tell me, we'll..."
"Also invite Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Mordecai Brown, Tinker, Evers, Chance... even that loudmouth Durocher," finished Joan.
George rattled his ice.
"Losers! In our house. Oh the humanity! I mean spirit-ity. What in the world shall we serve? Deep dish pizza?"
"Of course not, dear," Joan said, "We'll serve the latest from the Windy City... Bison sausages."
"Squatters! They've ruined the hot dog!"
"Well... get used to it. Because now they're here for good."
So... that's going on in Heaven.
Meanwhile on Earth, it really is different, isn't it?
Cubs on Saturday Night Live, at the White House, at the Grammys.
Dave Ross on "Dancing with the Stars".
New Cub Fan celebs besides Jim Belushi and Bill Murray.
There are people wearing Cub hats all. over. the. country.
The Cubs themselves - some are people around 25 years old, and they'll now be playing in their 2nd or 3rd year of Big League Ball.
Newly experienced, all of them should be getting better at what they do.
The reigning MVP, Kris Bryant, might be better than he was last year.
What if Javy Baez really, really figures something out at the plate?
Addison Russell is already going deep.
Kyle Schwarber, I do not care how experts evaluate his play in left field, there isn't another bat like that around.
Lead him off and lets see how many at bats he can get.
Willson Contreras, oh he's totally going to be put under the microscope by every team.
Will they find holes?
Maybe, but I remember Jody Davis and even Geovany Soto and... sorry dudes but there hasn't really been a Cub catcher with the upside we're seeing with Contreras.
Perhaps the most experienced of the Kid Cubs is Platinum-Glover Anthony Rizzo.
Are you kidding me?
What if he plays better than last year?
WHAT IF THEY ALL DO?
Just saying that there are a ton of kids who might keep evolving and playing at a higher and higher level and man oh man am I ever in Heaven.
ps: I can find nothing online about the life of Joan Steinbrenner. Joan, if you're still alive and you read this, I apologize deeply.