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Listen: A Cubs family anthem

When the Cubs sucked I was all over this blog. It was truly therapy. But when they got good I decided to sit back and enjoy. And now … I still can’t believe it. I feel like Brooks in Shawshank Redemption — imprisoned for most of his adult life, he found it hard to integrate in society after his release. It’s going to take some time, but I’m pretty confident I can make the transition to winner.

In fact, I look forward to my next chapter of being a Cubs fan which will involve dealing with haters because the Cubs are SO good, ALL THE TIME. Ha!

A few seasons ago, I wrote this song as an ode to all the generations of Cubs fans who came and went without experiencing what we get to enjoy right now. I know lots of us have been thinking about moms, dads, grandparents that aren’t here for this. They are in our hearts. They knew it would happen. They kept the faith and so were winners even without the World Series to prove it.

Here’s to them …

The song is FREE TO DOWNLOAD.

Hope you like it.


Clark and Addie’s Son

1908 when the Cubs are great
My great-grandad comes to the States

By ’18 he’s got himself a son
And they watch the Babe take the Cubbies down

’29 that son becomes a man
When everybody’s grapes just turn to wrath

He wonders “Is it worth it?”
A wrinkle on his brow
But he just sits back and grins
And this he says aloud

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie

In ’32 he quietly watches Ruth
Call his shot on Charlie Root

In ’35 he could really cry
As 100 wins still come up shy

Then it’s ’38, it’s also not so great
As the Cubs go 0-4 against the Yanks

He wonders “Is it worth it?”
A wrinkle on his brow
But he just sits back and grins
And this he says aloud

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie

By 1945 his son Clark’s at his side
As summer’s hopes hit October’s slide

Clark marries Addie, and then there’s me
We see black cats, Garvey at-bats and Alou let out a scream

Clark died last year, happy except one thing
He never got to see his Cubbies win that ring

And I wonder “Is it worth it?”
Did it bring him joy?
But I just sit back and grin
And say this to my boy

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Yeah

© 2104 Patrick Hanrahan. All rights reserved.

You can reach me at Cubs Fan Therapy.

Listen: A Cubs family anthem

With the regular season fast approaching, I’m working on some new Cubs/Chicago music. In the meantime, here’s a repost of last year’s tune about generations of Cubs fans and how we persevere:

It is FREE TO DOWNLOAD.

Hope you like it.


Clark and Addie’s Son

1908 when the Cubs are great
My great-grandad comes to the States

By ’18 he’s got himself a son
And they watch the Babe take the Cubbies down

’29 that son becomes a man
When everybody’s grapes just turn to wrath

He wonders “Is it worth it?”
A wrinkle on his brow
But he just sits back and grins
And this he says aloud

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie

In ’32 he quietly watches Ruth
Call his shot on Charlie Root

In ’35 he could really cry
As 100 wins still come up shy

Then it’s ’38, it’s also not so great
As the Cubs go 0-4 against the Yanks

He wonders “Is it worth it?”
A wrinkle on his brow
But he just sits back and grins
And this he says aloud

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie

By 1945 his son Clark’s at his side
As summer’s hopes hit October’s slide

Clark marries Addie, and then there’s me
We see black cats, Garvey at-bats and Alou let out a scream

Clark died last year, happy except one thing
He never got to see his Cubbies win that ring

And I wonder “Is it worth it?”
Did it bring him joy?
But I just sit back and grin
And say this to my boy

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Yeah

© 2104 Patrick Hanrahan. All rights reserved.

You can reach me at Cubs Fan Therapy.

You Gotta Watch Baseball Punks

Another All-Star Game Weekend is in the books, with MLB trotting out all its fun and games like the Home Run Derby and Celebrity Softball that the league hopes will lure young viewers. And MLB needs young viewers.

Compared to the other major sports, the MLB audience looks like a country club that most people don’t belong to — it’s old, male and white. Half the MLB fans are over 50, and many look remarkably like commissioner Bud Selig.

The NBA crowd, on the other hand, looks like the blueprint that President Obama used to get elected: demographics split in quarters from young people to older people, multiracial, many more women.

MLB has been trying to address this with Fan Caves and social media, but they’ve got some work to do. They could start by really trying to get the length of games down, so a kid could actually see the ninth inning before bedtime, but I’m just dreaming.

In the meantime, we’ve got a marketing song that we think that commish Selig and his cronies could use to get the attention of the young folks. It seems like something he just might do. Click on the song “Watch Baseball Punk” in the player below. Enjoy and remember its FREE TO DOWNLOAD.


Watch Baseball Punk
Hey punk, don’t want to watch baseball?
It’s an old man’s game, you say?
Well, I’m here to tell you all
It’s the best way to spend a day

You won’t freeze your ass off like the NFL
Forget the cheerleaders, check out the clientele
Girls in next to nothing, do some people watching
Maybe the kiss cam is your thing

Not enough punk, still a game for old farts?
Well, have I got news for you
You ain’t so smart, where to start
Let me give you a clue

Watch the last two minutes of the NBA
The world can have soccer and hockey’s lame
But if you wanna waste a day, there’s really only one way
It’s baseball in the USA

© 2104 Patrick Hanrahan. All rights reserved.

You can reach us at Cubs Fan Therapy.

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Time For New Cubs Uniforms?

They say the clothes don’t make the man. But show up in a baby blue tux to a job interview and they will get you the boot.

You already see where I’m going, don’t you? No, I’m not going to say that the Cubs uniforms are to blame for not winning a World Series in well over 100 years. But I am going to argue that they aren’t helping. Specifically, I’m going to say that the royal blue and red of the Cubs uniforms has to go.

Taking a look at all 109 World Series winners we see that 63 percent feature a single color — either black, navy blue or red — and white as the look of their home uniforms. We’re going to look at home uniforms since gray is common to most all teams road uniforms. (By doing this, we also take the Cubbies off the hook for the god-awful baby blue with white pinstripe roadies of the mid-1970s to early ’80s because, Holy Crap, who thought of those?).

We can boost this single color scheme argument by including the Dodgers. Their uniforms are almost entirely blue and white, except for the red numbering on the front. Don’t we think of the Dodgers as blue and white? I do. So if we throw their World Series wins in, we’re looking at 69 percent of world champs with a simple one color and white home uniform scheme.

Sure, there are really valid arguments against the use of this data. You could say, “Everyone used simple color schemes in the early 20th century.” Or you could say, “The whole data set is skewed by the Yankees who have won almost half of the simple color scheme World Series.”

To that I say yes and OK. But … I also say that I’m arguing that the Cubs uniforms aren’t helping, not that they are causing them to lose. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say that the Yankees uniforms aren’t causing them to win, but they aren’t hurting.

And then there are the red teams too. The Cardinals have won the second most World Series and have always kept it simple and have always featured red.

And that brings us to the interior design section of the argument — what colors mean. Generally, I would say it’s a load of crap. The frickin’ Marlins won a World Series in teal for crying out loud. But lots of really smart people study this stuff and have come to some consensus on what colors mean. And there’s no denying that black, navy blue and red are not only the most winningest colors in MLB history but also that adding in regular old blue we have by far the most popular colors of uniforms in baseball history.

I’m sure in 1903 it was easier to make black, blue and red dyes for uniforms. But it’s not a stretch at all to make green. And they weren’t making green uniforms. And maybe that goes toward color meaning.

Red cars, we know, get more speeding tickets. That’s mostly because red is reserved for sports cars, but it’s also because even a red Buick is perceived as more aggressive. Red is traditionally a color of strength, war, energy.

Now think of the Yankees. You may hate them for winning, but you have to admit they conjure images of class, sophistication, success. The Bronx Bombers have been wearing navy blue or black for their entire existence. Black is thought to mean power and elegance and navy blue inherits those qualities along with those of its cousin blue blue.

Blue is thought to convey trust and loyalty. So navy is really a classier, more powerful version of trusty old blue.

So what do these colors mean for the Cubs? Well, it means the blue and red scheme fits the lovable losers motif to a tee. Royal blue like your pet dog — loyal, loving, faithful, sometimes a bit regal but also capable of slobbering all over your shirt. Then lets throw in a little red, not enough to be dangerous, but just enough to bark at strangers and never actually bite them. Who doesn’t love the family dog? We all do. But the family dog has never won the World Series.

And neither have the Cubs wearing royal blue and red. The 1907-08 Chicago Cubs, who won back-to-back championships and who should have won another one in 1906, wore black and white. And they were the class of the league.

I say let’s call on that noble past and fall into line with the historical data on winning and ditch the royal blue and red. It’s just not a winning combo. If you take out the Dodgers, the Braves have won a couple with a form of that scheme but they couldn’t even stay in one town, jumping from Boston to Milwaukee before finally settling in Atlanta. The Pirates did it in 1909 and then figured out it didn’t work and switched to their iconic jerseys. The Reds and White Sox even won with blue and red but changed, the Reds going to — surprise, surprise — just red, and the White Sox going through a variety of looks and colors — including wearing shorts for a game that requires sliding on dirt — before changing to, that’s right, black and white before breaking a loooooong World Series drought.

I don’t think the Cubs should simply go back to the black and white look. I’m voting for navy blue and white because it balances the power and elegance of past Cubs titles with an acknowledgement of where we’ve been since. There’s something quietly powerful about withstanding losing for all these years.

But now it’s time to dress for the occasion, and that’s winning another World Series.

Tell us what you think. Take the poll to the right and/or email your opinion, possible uniform picture, whatever to Cubs Fan Therapy.

Cubs, Family And Music

DSC_0104Music has been used to deal with heartbreak forever. And what’s more heartbreaking than being a Cubs fan?

So here we have an original song about generations of Cubs fans. As part of the Cubs Fan Therapy experience, we’re going to do more songs, and this musical experiment won’t stop with baseball songs because the most interesting thing about being a Cubs fan is that we’re fans of life — how can you not be when you choose to get up off the mat time and again after being knocked silly (1969, 1984, 2003, enough said).

In the future we’ll use this site to share other people’s original music — starting with the stuff that’s got some kind of tie to the Cubs and/or baseball. Then we’ll see where it goes. Send me a note if you’re interested.

So here’s the song “Clark and Addie’s Son” by the group we’re now calling 1908 but thought about calling The Turk Wendell Experience, Viva Jose Cardenal or Santo Woo! And by the way, the song is FREE TO DOWNLOAD.


Clark and Addie’s Son

1908 when the Cubs are great
My great-grandad comes to the States

By ’18 he’s got himself a son
And they watch the Babe take the Cubbies down

’29 that son becomes a man
When everybody’s grapes just turn to wrath

He wonders “Is it worth it?”
A wrinkle on his brow
But he just sits back and grins
And this he says aloud

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie

In ’32 he quietly watches Ruth
Call his shot on Charlie Root

In ’35 he could really cry
As 100 wins still come up shy

Then it’s ’38, it’s also not so great
As the Cubs go 0-4 against the Yanks

He wonders “Is it worth it?”
A wrinkle on his brow
But he just sits back and grins
And this he says aloud

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie

By 1945 his son Clark’s at his side
As summer’s hopes hit October’s slide

Clark marries Addie, and then there’s me
We see black cats, Garvey at-bats and Alou let out a scream

Clark died last year, happy except one thing
He never got to see his Cubbies win that ring

And I wonder “Is it worth it?”
Did it bring him joy?
But I just sit back and grin
And say this to my boy

They say I’m a loser, but I think I won
Learnin’ this lesson since I was young
Life ain’t easy, but it sure is fun
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Clark and Addie’s son
I’m Clark and Addie’s son
Yeah

© 2104 Patrick Hanrahan. All rights reserved.

You can reach us at Cubs Fan Therapy.