Growing up a “cursed” Red Sox fan back in the day, I had great sympathy for similarly suffering Chicago Cubs fans. I had always dreamed of a Red Sox v. Cubs match-up in the World Series that would end with one of the teams breaking their Series draught. That dream (which came closest to coming to be in 2003) was put to rest when the Sox finally won in 2004 (and 2007 and 2013). But I adopted the Cubs as my second team and I was thrilled when they finally won the championship in 2016. Following this epic win, the bookshelves are full with Cubs books, from coloring books, to biographies of players, histories of the team and Wrigley Field, and even cookbooks. But I was drawn to a very personal memoir, My Cubs – A Love Story by Scott Simon, which speaks to the inner soul of the long-time Cubs fan from long-time sufferer to victorious supporter.

About My Cubs – A Love Story by Scott Simon: “NPR’s Scott Simon’s personal, heartfelt reflections on his beloved Chicago Cubs, replete with club lore, memorable anecdotes, frenetic fandom and wise and adoring intimacy that have made the world champion Cubbies baseball’s most tortured—and now triumphant—franchise. Heartbreak and hope. Charmed and haunted. My Cubs is Scott Simon’s love letter to his Chicago Cubs, World Series winners for the first time in over a century. Replete with personal reflections, club lore, memorable anecdotes, and tales of frenetic fandom, My Cubs recounts the franchise’s pivotal moments with the wise and adoring intimacy of a long-suffering devotee and Chicago native. Simon illustrates how the condition of ‘Cubness’ has defined the life of so many Chicagoans and how the team’s fortunes became intertwined with the aspirations of its faithful. With the curse finally broken on November 2, 2016, My Cubs is the perfect portrayal of paradise lost and found.”

I love listening to Mr. Simon on his NPR weekend morning show and find his voice soothing and reassuring. Reading his fine memoir I had his voice in my head and which helped me relate to him. Darn. I should have waited for the audio book.

My Cubs – A Love Story by Scott Simon is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.