The Chicago Cubs in one of the greatest most memorable World Series ever played came back from a 3-1 deficit (making them the likely to lose underdogs) to defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the tenth inning of game 7. Of the 112 World Series played since 1903*the odds defying underdog Cubs were only the 7th** team in baseball history to achieve this amazing feat.
*There was no World Series in 1904 due to a boycott.
**1903 Boston Americans (Red Sox), down 1-3, won the World Series 5-3 over Pittsburgh (best of nine format see).
President Harry Truman at the opening game of the 1948 World Series.
As I wrote HERE the last time the defeated Indians were world champs was in the politically momentous year 1948-momentous because underdog, "give em hell" Harry Truman defeated favored-to-win New York Governor Tom Dewey after criss crossing the nation rallying the electorate to support him. Incredibly, Tuesday, November 2nd was the 68th anniversary of Truman's surprise, inconceivable 1948 victory (see).
Moreover, and amazingly, Tuesday was also the 2nd anniversary of Tampa Rays' manager Joe Maddon leaving the Rays and becoming the Cubs 60th skipper*. What a gift the baseball gods gave to this great sportsman. It couldn't happen to a nicer, finer, more deserving human being.
* On November 3, 2014 the Cubs officially announced that Maddon would be their new manager after signing a five-year $25 million contract the day before (see).
But the big question now is this: was the underdog Cubs extremely rare (once in every 16 years) World Series victory a prophetic sign for this uniquely chaotic unpredictable election year? In other words, as I asked before (see)
"IS 2016 THE YEAR OF THE UNDERDOG?"
If the Chicago Cubs could come back from a 108 year World Series drought and a 3-1 deficit in this year's series then why can't battling, underdog, odds defying Donald Trump (called by the NY Times "The Comeback King" of the business world*) do a Harry Truman on November 8th and become the 45th President?
*A well deserved title as he reversed his collapsing business fortunes- foreshadowing what he'll do as President for our declining nation.
In other words, will New Yorker Donald Trump who was born during the Truman Era, in the same year that gave us two Presidents (Clinton and Bush see) be elected on November 8th-the 84th anniversary of New Yorker FDR's 1932 victory?
Baseball signed by Trump supporter baseball great Pete Rose.
THE AMAZING PREDICTION OF GIO
This is beyond belief. On November 4, 2014, two days after Ray's manager Joe Maddon was hired by the Cubs to replace Rick Renteria, a Rays fan from Tampa named GIO (grew up an Indians' fan in Cleveland) tweeted that the 2016 World Series would be the Cubs vs. Indians, and go into extra inning in game seven. He didn't pick a winner but said jokingly that a world ending apocalypse would come before either team won.
However, what did come that very day (the 6th anniversary of Obama's 2008 election victory) was a nationwide Republican landslide where the Democrats lost the Senate, more seats in the House, several governorships, and hundreds of seats in state legislatures across the country. It was one of the greatest mid-term election gains of any party in US history (see). Will this be another victorious year for the GOP with Trump defeating Hillary? November 4, 2014 was an incomplete political apocalypse for Obama and the Dems. Will 2016 complete the unfinished work of 2014? Will an electorate fed up with the political status quo and hungry for new direction and change put a Republican in the White House again?
Plouffe: Trump Is Heaviest Presidential Candidate Since Taft
Prior to Tuesday's astonishing win the Cubs haven't won a World Series in 108 years. That was back in 1908, a presidential election year when Republican William H. Taft defeated Democratic rival William Jennings Bryan (see). It is interesting to note that David Plouffe (Obama's 2008 campaign manager) likened Donald Trump to Taft because of his weight. However, Taft was massively obese, The Donald is anything but. But was this too another auspicious sign of Trump's coming victory? That Trump like Republican Howard Taft will win the presidency in a year when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series*?
* The first World Series played during a presidential election year was in 1908.
More Proof Donald Trump Can Win: The Chicago Cubs - TheStreet
Donald Trump's chances at winning the presidency move in correlation with gold prices, the Mexican peso and ... the Chicago Cubs? Major developments this election cycle -- the first presidential debate, the "Access Hollywood" tape, the FBI letter -- have swung prediction markets as well as the markets at large. As Trump's odds at the White House have improved on prediction markets like U.S.-based PredictIt, gold prices have tended to rise. The Mexican peso has weakened and the VIX futures, which measure volatility, increased. Trump's chances at besting Hillary Clinton on November 8 have at times followed another measure: the likelihood of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. On April 6 when the baseball season was just kicking off, the Cubs' odds on betting website OddsShark were 16%. Trump, with only Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the race, had odds of 19%. By the end of summer, the Cubs' chances at victory were 25%, and Trump's 30%. Still think Trump can't win? The Cubs just did.
Nate Silver Staffer Gave Cubs Worse Odds of Winning Series Than Trump the Presidency - NewsMax
This too is remarkable. Last Friday when the underdog Cubs were down in the series 3-1 and highly unlikely to win America's polling wizard Nate Silver (538) gave Trump a 1 in 3 chance of winning the presidency. Then a staffer in Silver's office giving the Cubs a 15% chance of beating Cleveland blogged that Donald Trump had a better chance of defeating Hillary and winning the presidency.
538 blew its World Series forecast. On Tuesday will its election forecast turn out the same way?
The Chicago Cubs own the 2016 baseball world championship; and Donald Trump owns the majestic world-class Trump Tower Chicago the fourth tallest building in the US with the second highest residence (apartment or condo) in the world. It is interesting to note that this architectural wonder opened on January 30, 2009 just nine days after Chicagoland Barack Obama (and eight days after Chicago-born Hillary) were sworn into office (see). Just as Trump with his job creating enterprises have done more for Chicago's economy than Obama and Hillary combined so as President he'll do more for America than them.
DONALD TRUMP 2016!
FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK!
THE COMEBACK, UNDERDOG CHICAGO CUBS,
owned by the pro-Trump Ricketts family, won the World Series in Cleveland; this is the city where underdog, "Comeback King" Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention, was crowned the GOP's presidential nominee.
Pro-Trump Cub's owner Tom Ricketts (extreme left).
The GOP convention was held at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland which is adjacent to Progressive Field, home of the Indians. (The two sports facilities are part of the same sports and entertainment complex, see). Now get this: the Indians' stadium is named "Progressive Field" because the Progressive Insurance Company (owned by political progressives, see) purchased the naming rights.
Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex in Cleveland where Donald Trump won the GOP nomination for the presidency, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
So this is what we have: the pro-Trump conservative owned Chicago Cubs defeated the Indians in a stadium named for political progressivism located in a sports complex where Donald Trump (who defeated progressive Hillary Clinton) was made the GOP's presidential nominee. And, by the way, Quicken Arena was built in the 1990s during the Clinton era (see). You can't make this stuff up.
Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the world championship baseball team whose upset, come from behind victory on the 68th anniversary of Truman's upset defeat of Tom Dewey is likely to have a key position in Donald "The Comeback King" Trump's Administration. Fascinating.