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The Lovable Losers Literary Revue: Eulogy or Celebration?

“It's a disheartening f*ckin' situation that we’re in right now.”

--Former Cubs' manager Lee Elia, April 29, 1983

On October 14, 1908, the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in front of 6,210 fans at Bennett Park to claim a 4-1 World Series triumph. It was the Cubs’ third appearance and second straight championship in the four-year history of the World Series. In the ensuing 99 years, black cats and billy goats and Bartman have cast their curses. Don Young and Leon Durham and Alex Gonzalez have booted away our hopes. Hippo Vaughn and Tuffy Rhodes and Andre Dawson have done the amazing against the backdrop of ordinary.

Come Fall 2008, the Cubs will hit the century mark—or break the long drought.

The Lovable Losers Literary Revue, a hootenanny of Chicago writers, musicians, film makers, actors and bums, will celebrate and mourn the Cubs’ long losing streak. The evening will begin with a toast and end with a prayer, and in between there will be literary readings, historical reenactments, trivia contests, singing, sacrifices and general rooting.

We’ll dredge up all those old memories: Lee Elia’s tirade, Steve Goodman’s A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request, Franklin Pierce Adams’ Baseball’s Sad Lexicon, as well as a smattering of disgusted Harry Caray commentary. We’ll laugh at some. We’ll cry at others. And then we’ll laugh at all the criers.

A cross between Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast (with the Cubs as the roastee) and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, The Lovable Losers Literary Revue will explore the relationship we all have to our team.

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Photo by Will Byington