CHICAGO — Whether you think it’s bad luck or not, the Cubs have now officially caught the nation’s attention.
On Tuesday Sports Illustrated revealed that the team will be on the cover of this week’s edition of the magazine in the Midwest.
The headline is “Wrigleyville is Winnerville” and features the home plate celebration by the Cubs on Monday following the game-winning homer by Kris Bryant in the 9th inning against the Indians at Wrigley Field.
This week’s regional cover is the first to feature the team since a regional tribute to Ernie Banks back in February. Pitcher Jon Lester was also featured on the cover back in December shortly after signing with the team.
Right now the Cubs have a 72-51 record and are a season-high 21 games over .500. They currently have a 6 1/2 game lead on the Giants for the second National League Wild Card spot and are just three behind the Pirates for the first spot.
Getting the cover may scare some fans because of the fabled “SI Jinx” in which athletes or teams that adorn the magazine have at times done poorly once it comes out. This happened in 2008 when the Cubs were a major feature story in the summer but were eventually swept out of the playoffs by the Dodgers in the NLDS.
In 2003 Kerry Wood was featured on the cover following the Cubs’ Division Series victory over the Braves and they went onto lose to the Marlins in the NLCS.
This cover will be released before a critical series with the Giants in San Francisco which begins tonight and lasts thru Thursday.