No doubt, you’ve heard about the Cubs’ decades-long run of futility. They hadn’t won a pennant in seventy-one years or a World Series in a record 108 years. To the frustration of Cubs fans everywhere, the team often missed chances with soul-crushing defeats.
But after a complete teardown that resulted in a 100-loss season in 2012, Theo Epstein and his baseball staff reversed that with the Cubs of 2016, a team that was not only supremely talented, but cared nothing for all the media narratives of losing. They did things during the regular season that no Cubs club had done in more than a century, including earning the most wins for the franchise since 1910. The club went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League playoffs before beating the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.
Anthony Rizzo, MVP candidate Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, manager Joe Maddon, and fan favorites like Javier Baez and David Ross are the heroes of the 2016 Cubs’ story. Told by Al Yellon, managing editor of SB Nation’s Bleed Cubbie Blue, A Season to Remember chronicles not only the 2016 Cubs’ rise to the top of the baseball heap, but the team’sand the fans’long journey to get there.
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About the Author
Al Yellon is the founder and editor in chief of the popular SB Nation Cubs site Bleed Cubbie Blue. He is coauthor of Cubs By The Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Cubs by Uniform Number. Yellon lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Pat Hughes has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs for twenty-one seasons. Hughes was named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 2015, 2014, 2009, 2007, 2006, 1999, and 1996. He earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award honors three times (1990-1992). Hughes is the producer of "Baseball Voices: Hall of Fame Series," compact discs that commemorate and pay tribute to famous announcers of the past. He lives in the Chicago area.
Table of Contents
Foreword Pat Hughes ix
Introduction: A World Series on Chicago's North Side xv
Chapter 1 How the Cubs Got Here 1
Chapter 2 One Fan's Journey 9
Chapter 3 Spring Training: The Preparation, the Sunshine, the Fun of March 21
Chapter 4 April: Roaring Ahead of Everyone 39
Chapter 5 May: Continuing the Roar 53
Chapter 6 June: Swoon 73
Chapter 7 July: Righting the Ship 93
Chapter 8 August: Winning, and Winning, and Winning 119
Chapter 9 September: All the Ducks in a Row 137
Chapter 10 October: The Postseason to Remember 153
Epilogue: What This All Means 173
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're like me and simply can't get enough of reliving the Cubs 2016 season, this is a really good and entertaining read. I thought the book was very well organized and thought out. The introduction starts with a recap of the World Series. Then we are taken back in time for a brief summary of Cubs history. The lack of goats, black cats and other curses is truly refreshing. I know I appreciated that. Mr. Yellon follows with his own story of becoming a fan. Then we go with him to Spring Training and he takes us along on a journey through this momentous season. month by month, series by series through winning the Pennant. I found rehashing many of the game details a lot of fun. Quite often I found myself nodding in agreement or smiling from being reminded of something that I had completely forgotten. Besides sharing his own personal experiences and feelings, the book is full of interesting, little known tidbits and facts. I enjoyed going through the book highlighting the games I had attended and seeing that some of them had a historic significance I hadn't realized at the time. With so many "not since" moments, quite a few of which go all the way back to the great teams in the 30's or earlier, this book really gives a sense of how the 2016 team fits in with Cubs history. I'd certainly recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gives a personal account of a fantastic season through the eyes and experiences of an obviously dedicated and knowledgeable Cubs fan. It is a fun way to relive the season during the long winter months while waiting for spring and the next baseball season to arrive. I especially recommend it for those fans who were not able to attend many games last year as the author often incorporates the weather conditions, size and mood of the crowd for the game to give the reader a sense of being there. He also conveys the ebbs and flows of a very long baseball season,.
Only slightly better written than rolling one's face on the keyboard