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Chicago Cubs: Signs of the downfall were present even back in 2016

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On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs turned an MLB The Show commercial into reality, ending a drought that began when Austria-Hungary was still a thing. Those warm feelings persist; none of us who witnessed the event, either live or remotely, will ever forget it.

Theo Epstein will always be a Chicago hero, and his statue will surely be erected in the 2030s somewhere in the sprawling corridors of the Ricketts Sloan Nuveen Wrigley Sportsplex.

But it wasn’t enough to just kill the curse; Cubs fans wanted to shove it into a woodchipper.