You Know You're a Cubs Fan If...

Jason S. PariniCorrespondent IIFebruary 1, 2012

You Know You're a Cubs Fan If...

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    With 140 years of rich tradition and nearly a century of games played at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs are one of the most storied franchises in the world. 

    Despite the 104-year championship drought that the Cubbies somehow manage to continue, the "lovable losers" still have perhaps the most loyal and unique fans in all of sports. 

    This celebrates some of the traditions that Cubs fans, whether young or old, live by. 

You Yell "Throw It Back" at Your Son's Baseball Game When He Gives Up a Home Run

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    Call us immature, but this is a tradition that is quite comical.  It's one of the many things that makes Cubs fans unique.  

    While some ballparks eject a fan for throwing a ball back onto the field, Cubs fans boo incessantly until the "lucky" individual with the ball throws the ball back onto the field.  

You Go to a Minor League Game and Ask Who Is Singing the 7th Inning Stretch

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    Dozens of famous athletes, musicians, politicians and actors have performed the seventh inning Stretch at Wrigley Field.  

    Among the most well-known individuals to have sung the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field are Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Walter Payton, actors Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe as well as popular music acts Hootie & the Blowfish and Jimmy Buffett.

You Hate Goats, Despite Never Encountering One in Your Life

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    Cubs legend says that in 1945, when the team would not let a billy goat owned by Sam Sianis into a World Series game despite purchasing a ticket for the goat, the creature then placed a curse on the team.  

    Fans desperate for an excuse claim that the curse has prevented the Cubs from making it to the World Series ever since that fateful day.  

You Hear "Waving the White Flag" and Prep Yourself to Sing "Go Cubs Go"

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    Ordinary people hear "raising the white flag" and immediately relate it to surrendering in war.  

    Cubs fans, on the other hand, hear the phrase and anxiously look to the center field scoreboard for the white flag adorned with a large blue "W" and ready themselves to sing "Go Cubs Go" in celebration of the Cubs' victory.  

You Stand Up and Clap on a 3-2 Count with 2 Outs, Despite Trailing by 11 Runs

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    One can't deny it...Cubs fans are loyal.  

    You have to be loyal to put up with 104 years without a championship.  

    Naive?  Maybe.  Foolish?  Perhaps.  Dedicated?  Absolutely.  

    Not many other ballparks feature a last place home team trailing by countless runs in the bottom of the 9th....and the entire ballpark still hoping for a comeback.

You Understand That Bleacher Seats Are the Best Seats in the House

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    Bleacher creatures. Bleacher bums.  

    Whatever you want to call them, the fans that incessantly pack the outfield bleachers at Wrigley Field are...well, interesting people.  The bleacher bums are some of the most rowdy, rude and dedicated fans in all of baseball.  

    For many true Cubs fans, there isn't anything much better than sitting in the bleachers with an ice cold Old Style on a summer day.

You Know That Michael Jordan Isn't the Only Chicago Athlete to Make No. 23 Famous

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    No. 23 isn't just Michael Jordan to a Cubs fan.  It's also Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.  You also know why the numbers 26, 14, 31, 10, and 1908, 1945, 1969 and 2003 are relevant to the Cubs.

You Know Which Direction Addison, Clark, Sheffield and Waveland Run

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    Clark and Addison is perhaps one of the most well-known intersections in the entire city, and one of the most recognizable in the country.  

    True Cubs know which direction these streets run, as well as knowing which part of the ballpark borders which street.

You Have Old Style in Your Fridge and a Mass of Blue Clothes in Your Wardrobe

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    This one is simple.  The 62-year partnership between the Cubs and Old Style Beer marks the longest running sponsorship in Cubs history.  

    Cubs fans love having an Old Style beer while watching their team decked out in Cubbie blue.

You Believe in Curses

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    The Billy Goat curse.  The black cat walking in front of Ron Santo.  The Bartman incident.  

    Now, in no way am I insinuating that you must believe in curses to be a Cubs fan or that all Cubs fans believe in curses.  

    But they certainly go hand in hand, and any true Cubs fan can at least name the "curses" that the Cubs have endured.