It might have been hard to imagine the Chicago Cubs ever breaking their 108-year losing streak, but Parks And Recreation co-creator Michael Shur made a very bold prediction during the show’s final season.
In an episode during the final season, the characters visit Chicago in the summer of 2017. One of the characters mentions that the city is still reeling from the Cubs’ World Series win.
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This line was personally written by Shur, who promises it wasn’t a joke. He had a hunch.
“As soon as we decided to throw the last season of Parks and Rec into the future, into 2017, we sort of started calculating what the world might be like,” he told The Washington Post. “I was the only person on the staff who cared about baseball enough to track the Cubs’ minor league system.”
“It’s one of those things where until it happens, it seems impossible,” he continued. “But that’s what makes [Cubs President of Baseball Operations] Theo Epstein amazing. He puts together these teams [the 2004 Boston Red Sox and these Cubs] and after it happens, you’re like, ‘Oh, it was inevitable. They were just the best team.’ ”
Shur promises that as crazy as his prediction sounded (who predicts a win after 108 years of losses?), he wasn’t alone in his thinking.
“It’s not like I was only person who thought the Cubs were going to be good,” he said. “Every baseball writer in America knew the Cubs were going to be good. I can’t emphasize enough how little credit I feel like I should take for that prediction. It’s a little like, if we had predicted that Hillary Clinton was the president in 2017, there would probably be people asking me about that now. Saying Hillary Clinton was running for president in 2014 or 2013…that would’ve also been a pretty easy call to make based on the information that we had at the time. We’re not like wizards.”
If Parks And Rec is so good at predicting baseball, what else is it telling us that we’re totally missing?