As the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians last night after going into extra innings, Game 7 of the World Series felt more and more like something out of a movie. From “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “Parks and Recreation,” Weekend breaks down film and TV’s most famous references to the Cubs.
"Ferris Bueller’s Day Off"
While the film doesn’t make any predictions, Ferris and co. do attend a game at Wrigley Field on their action-packed day off. Heeeeey Batter, batter, batter, batter, swing, batter!
"Taking Care of Business"
Jim Belushi stars as a die-hard Cubs fan in this 1990 comedy of errors. He breaks out of prison in order to see his beloved Cubbies in the World Series, but he has some trouble actually getting to the game. It all turns out well in the end, including a win for Chicago’s favorite underdogs.
"Back to the Future Part II"
The 1989 classic predicted the Cubs would sweep the World Series in 2015, so they were in the ballpark, but not quite right. But what’s one year and a few games? Not bad for a prediction 27 years in the making.
Like many shows set in Chicago, “Chicago Fire” couldn’t help but sneak in a reference to their cursed Cubs. In one episode, a confrontation occurs over whether including a goat in their logo will anger Chicago residents that still believe in the Curse of the Billy Goat that supposedly doomed the Cubs back in 1945.
"Rookie of the Year"
A twelve year old all-star pitcher helps the Cubs win the World Series, thanks to a freak accident and
“accelerated tendon growth” in his pitching arm. It’s as ridiculous and entertaining as you would expect.
"Parks and Recreation"
The final season of “Parks and Rec” jumped forward to 2017, where all of our beloved characters faced new challenges and life events. In an episode where Andy and Tom visit Chicago, Lucy explains that
everyone is in a really great mood now the Cubs have won the World Series.