My father and grandfather took me to the ballpark as far back as I can remember. My earliest memories of the CUBS include Ernie Banks hitting his 500th home run and Burt Hooton throwing a no-hitter against the Phillies. My earliest total delusion about the CUBS was in 1973, four games out with four games left to play. I ignored my team's sub-.500 record and the rest of the division being between the CUBS and the first place METS, I was convinced the CUBS would win all four remaining games against New York and go on to win the World Series. The Cubs won the first game. The devastation and heartbreak of the remaining series has been repeated every season even without the delusions.