COMMENTARY: The Game of a Lifetime

by Charlie Johnston

On Wednesday evening I watched the Cubs game with my sister, Kim, who was about 11 years old when the family (except me) moved from the Chicago area back to Alabama. Holding on to a piece of her Yankee heritage, she has been a lifelong Cubs fan.

I decided when I got there that I wasn’t going anywhere near my laptop for a day. It was a nice day off in preparation for the game of a lifetime.

The rhythm of the game reminded me a little of the rhythm I have seen over the course of the current presidential election.” – Charlie Johnston, former radio show host and political consultant

Back in the 70’s and 80’s, many of us young Cub fans joked that a Cubs World Series victory would be the harbinger of Armageddon. It turns out that our long-suffering was doing the world a great service by restraining it. The restraints have been lifted.

Before I proceed with my other work, I would like to savor this victory a little. Frankly, the rhythm of it reminded me a little of the rhythm I have seen over the course of the current presidential election.

The Cubs were down 1-3 in the Series and many, including me, thought it was going to be another “Wait until next year.”

Wednesday night’s game had more twists and turns than a Robert Ludlum novel. But in the end it was triumph.

I was so glad I was at my sister’s home to enjoy this amazing experience.

In the perfect fusion of the heritages of the long-suffering Cubs fan and of Alabama sensibility, when they won, my sister jumped up pumping her fist in the air and shouted, “Roll Tide!”

Charlie Johnston, a man of great faith, is a former political consultant, newspaper editor and radio talk show host on WLS, and the now defunct WKRS. He lives at the Archdiocese of Denver. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country,meeting people and praying as he went. Johnston speaks publicly about his journey on his website The Next Right Step.

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