April 12, 2016
I’m re-posting an essay on why I thought the Cubs would win the “whole ball of wax” last year. I wasn’t quite right – after all, I’m not really in charge of these things. But the various curses from Elohim WERE lifted. Here’s my summary from last October (2015).
Why the Cubs Will Win the World Series in 2015 (Summarized)
Through my study of MLB History over the past year, I have discovered that Yahweh – Elohim, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, Abba Father – has left His Providential hands on baseball history as much as He has left it on all history.
The curses on MLB teams have been real. It’s Yahweh’s curse, not the devil’s curse. He said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you; I will curse them who curse you.” Yahweh blesses and curses individuals, He blesses and curses nations, and He blesses and curses baseball team.
For example, “The Curse of the Bambino” was the curse the Lord laid on the Red Sox franchise from 1920 to 2004 – 84 years of cursing (that’s 12 x 7… SEVEN). It was broken with the “Bloody Sock” game of Curt Schilling.
The Phillies were cursed from 1897, when they disrespectfully refused to sign Honus Wagner, “The Flying Dutchman”. I have called it “The Dutchman’s Curse”. It was broken in 1979 when the Phillies beat the Cubs, 23 – 22, with the most phenomenal game in MLB History.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were cursed (probably because of the disrespectful way they treated Casey Stengel after the 1916 World Series). The curse began to be lifted in 1947, with the signing of Jackie Robinson, but it was finally lifted 8 years later. In December of 1954, they signed a young Jewish pitcher from Brooklyn – fellow by the name of Sandy Koufax. They had been 0 – 7 in World Series play before that – the Brooklyn Dodgers won their one and only Championship in 1955.
The Chicago Cubs were not cursed early in their history. They set a record for highest winning percentage of all time in 1906, but they lost the World Series. They won the 1907 and 1908 World Series. They were blessed in 1908 with “Fred Merkle’s Bone-headed Play”, a mistake that allowed the Cubs to win the pennant.
The cursing probably started with their disrespectful treatment of their best pitcher through the era: Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown, nicknamed “Three-Finger” Brown because he lost most of his right index finger in a farming accident. This allowed him to throw a nasty curveball, using the stub of his finger to spin the ball in a way that no one else could replicate. He pitched for the Cubs from the 1904 season to the 1912 season, after which they unceremoniously cut him from the team. This was a cause of the first curse: disrespecting the only MLB player to have the name of Mordecai (a blessed man in Scripture). But more than that – they cut him on his Hebrew birthday! He was born on the 1st of Chesvan in 1876; he was cut on the 1st of Cheshvan, 1912.
The second source of curse was the Cubs’ treatment of Babe Ruth in two World Series. For whatever reason, just like the Red Sox were cursed because of the disrespectful way they treated George Herman Ruth, Jr, so were the Cubs. The Cubs played against Ruth in the 1918 World Series, and he pitched phenomenally against them. The Cubs fans – and possibly the players – must have treated the Babe disrespectfully – I can only imagine. The second World Series was in 1932. This time, there was a vicious running battle – give-and-take – between Ruth and the players, and then the fans when they came to Chicago. The Babe, of course, loved every minute of it, but that doesn’t forgive their disrespect of him. This was the World Series where he famously “pointed” to the center field flagpole and seemed to be saying “I’m gonna hit the next one right there” – a moment known as “The Babe’s Called Shot.” Ruth, being the master showman that he was, hit the next pitch high and deep right to the spot that he apparently indicated. As he circled the bases, he gave the Cubs and their fans the business, motioning his delight at what he had just done.
There are many who say he only later started telling people that he called his shot; that he really didn’t do it at the time. But he insisted later that he did – in fact, in one interview he went so far as to give credit to Elohim. He ended his description of the event by saying, ‘Well, the Good Lord must have been with me.” That was equivalent to modern players “giving glory to God” when they do something positive on the baseball field. He was publically honoring Yahweh! Maybe that’s why the Lord “protected” him.
In the 1935 World Series, the Cubs took on the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers best hitter was a tall Jewish man named Hank Greenberg. Hank had made headlines the year before in 1934 when he refused to play for the Tigers in the middle of a pennant race on the most holy day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur. Because of his honoring of the Lord, he was under His blessing.
The first two games were in Detroit. In the second game, Hank, also known as “The Hebrew Hammer”, tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate. In his collision with Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett, Greenberg seriously hurt his arm, so severely that he couldn’t play the rest of the Series. Despite that, the Tigers won their first World Championship. Two things that could have caused an increase in the curse: either Hartnett deliberately tried to injure Greenberg- and did – or the Cubs’ fans treated him viciously when he appeared on the Tigers’ bench at Wrigley but couldn’t play. Treating someone who was under Yahweh’s blessing, especially in an era when Anti-Semitism was on the rise the world, with the cloud of the Holocaust looming over Europe, with such contempt is not a good way to cause Him to bless you
And I believe the Cubs’ fans doubled down on their team’s curse ten years later, when the Cubs took on the Tigers again in 1945. Hank Greenberg was an American hero, but, more importantly, he was still under Elohim’s blessing. He had just concluded four and a half years in the military, serving his country against an enemy that acted on their belief that his people, the Jews, were vermin that needed to be exterminated. Even though he spent much of his time in the Burma-China region, he must have seen pictures or movies of the Holocaust. He had come back, hitting a home run in his first game back on July 1st, played on the All Star team, and led his team to the AL pennant. This year, because there were still travel restrictions because of the war, the teams played the first three games in Detroit, then moved to Wrigley for the final four. I can only imagine how the Cubs’ fans “welcomed” the American hero, coming to town to lead his team against the hometown Cubs. As a Phillies’ fan, I can say that it was “not so nice.” I know… I know – the Phillies, and their fans were “not so nice” two years later when Jackie Robinson came to town.
So – that’s when I believe the curse that put the Cubs into their 70 years in exile from the World Series. It wasn’t the “Billy Goat” curse – that’s the devil’s curse, which is weak, at best. But when the All-Powerful One, Elohim, puts a curse on, it sticks. So, it’s been “The Curse of the Hebrew Hammer” – the Cubs’ mistreatment of Hank Greenberg, that has been keeping them down.
But no longer…
I believe the Cubs’ Curse was doubled down by Sandy Koufax, when he pitched his perfect game against them in 1965 – on September 9, 1965. Koufax, not coincidentally also Jewish, re-cursed the Cubs with that, probably the most famous broadcast Vin Scully ever made. It is considered by many the Greatest Pitching Performance of All Time – really, by both pitchers, since Bob Hendley of the Cubs gave up only one hit and lost 1 – 0. But I agree that just Koufax alone put an exclamation point on his soon-to-be-ended career with that phenomenal masterpiece.
So, the Cubs had to do two things to break two curses: “The Curse of the Hebrew Hammer” and “The Curse of the Koufax’ Cadenza.”
I believe they broke the first curse by hiring Theo Epstein – who, yes, is Jewish. On October 21, 2011, he resigned his position with the Boston Red Sox – after leading them out from their 84 year curse – to take over as the “President of Baseball Operations” for the Chicago Cubs. His job: destroy the greatest curse in the history of sports. But that was only part one.
The second part came this summer. The Lord raised up a pitcher – Jake Arrieta – to lead the Cubs to victory. He had to undo “The Curse of the Koufax Cadenza.’ Which is exactly what he did. In a game with familiar numbers, Jacob “Israel” Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium – in the same place as the original curse – to reverse the curse.
That did it… Mission Accomplished!
And that’s why the Cubs will win it all this year, after 107 (that’s one hundred and seven) years in the wilderness. Give all the praise to Elohim, Abba Father! He is in control, not me. I’m only his worthless slave… He is everything!