â€œWish I could go back to the beginning of the season… put some money on the Cubbies!â€
This was the line that prompted Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to buy Grays Sports Almanac in the future year 2015 at the beginning of Robert Zemeckisâ€™ 1989 sequel Back to the Future Part II. Martyâ€™s plan is to use the book to gamble on the winners, and never lose…. of course anyone who has seen BTTF2 knows old Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) steals the book and gives it to his high school aged self causing the timeline to skew and Biff to become a Trump-esque villain. All of this begins back with the above quote. The Chicago Cubs have been Major League Baseballâ€™s loveable losers for over a century. Their last World Series win came in 1908â€¦ before World War I, while Roosevelt was President (Cough, Teddy), 5 years before the Income Tax, and twelve years before women had the vote!
All this swirls together magically this week, as if this week holds significance on a space-time continuum. Wednesday, October 21 is the date in BTTF2 when Marty goes to future 2015. In actual 2015, the date coincides with the Cubs playing Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets in Wrigley Field in Chi-Town. The funny thing is, screenwriter Bob Gale, a fan of the rival St. Louis Cardinals, picked the Cubs for the title victory in futuristic 2015, because what would shock Marty more than the impossible happening! For those using this as an omen of certain victory for the Cubs, BTTF2 said theyâ€™d beat Miami. In 1989, there was no baseball team in Florida. By 1993, there were two, with the Florida Marlins rechristening themselves the Miami Marlins in 2012.
Whether or not the Cubbies win the NLCS and the World Series after, the timing is the thing. Call it luck, chance, or fate: the Cubs are making their historic run in perfect alignment with the BTTF films. In fact, Universal Pictures is releasing the 30th anniversary edition of the trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and on the 21st, Back to the Future Part II returns to theaters for one day only. Gale will attend the NY screening with stars Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and recording star Huey Lewis, whose â€œPower of Loveâ€ was the hit song of the 1985 original (he also had a cameo during the school’s band auditions).
Itâ€™s kind of perfect that the Cubs are in the position right now. MLB has been intertwined with the film series all year. On September 25th, the Miami Marlins (who else?) held a Back to the Future night with Claudia Wells (Jennifer from Part 1) throwing out the first pitch. Even the Mets minor league system got in on the celebration: their Single A affiliate, Brooklyn Cyclones, held BTTF Night and gave out free jerseys designed to look like Martyâ€™s â€œscubaâ€ vest. Recently, Gale spoke to ESPN about his 2015 prediction and which team he’s rooting for in this year’s World Series.