There’s an old bit of Hawaiian wisdom that says “No Rain, No Rainbows.” And rain came pouring down in sheets on Tuesday in Chicago.
We didn’t get the type of flood-inducing rains that actually killed people in Texas and Oklahoma. There weren’t any power outages that I had heard of, either. No, the skies in Chicago opened up at around 1 in the afternoon, and before too long the sun was out again.
The rain that fell was enough to produce a gorgeous rainbow over Wrigley Field, which was shared with the world on the Cubs’ twitter feed. We did indeed get the rain, and afterwards nature put on a spectacular show for us.
But in a larger sense, being a Cubs fan has been one long thundershower for me. This year is the 40th anniversary of the first time I tuned into a Cubs game–and the Cubs themselves– back in the days of Jack Brickhouse and afternoon baseball seven days a week.
If you would have told the seven year-old kid that fell under the ballpark’s spell that late September afternoon about all of the heartbreak involved with being a Cubs fan–from Steve Garvey and Will Clark to Pudge Rodriguez and James Loney–I would have probably said no, thank you. Why would anyone want to volunteer for that?
But I’ve endured, as we all have, driven by the conviction that it has to end at some point. Someday we’ll go all the way, as Eddie Vedder said in response to a suggestion from Ernie Banks, and it’s really going to be something else when it happens. It’ll be like a rainbow mixed with a meteor shower. It will be nothing less than perfect.
So maybe what happened in the sky over Wrigley Field on Tuesday night was just a punctuation mark at the end of an intense one-hour storm. Or maybe it was some celestial reminder that all the rain and all the losing and all the times I’ve asked myself “Why do I keep doing this, year after year after year?” haven’t been for nothing. And when the metaphorical thunderstorm finally does come to an end, it’s going to take all our breath away.
R. Lincoln Harris is a guest contributor for Wrigleyville Nation. He also writes for BlueBattingHelmet.Wordpress.com, ChicagoSideSports.com, ThroughTheFenceBaseball.com, and FiveWideSports.com. Thanks R. Lincoln for the contribution!