The Cubs have a way to go, but their odds have improved considerably recently

By Alex Heigl
Updated October 15, 2015 04:30 PM
Credit: Paul Beaty/AP; Inset:Rex

One of the funnier (or at least seemingly far-fetched) future-related jokes of Back to the Future hinged on the fact that perennially beaten-down Chicago Cubs were in line to win the World Series in 2015.

But the North Side underdogs may have the last laugh after all. They beat their top rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday to clinch their division series title.

(The other element of the joke in film is that the team swept over Miami, which didn’t have a major league team in 1985. Either way, it doesn’t matter, because the Marlins are in the National League and wouldn’t face the Cubs in a prospective World Series matchup.)

The film’s screenwriter, Bob Gale, shed a little light on the genesis of that then-innocuous joke recently to the Chicago Daily Herald.

“Being a baseball fan, I thought, ‘Okay, let’s come up with one of the most unlikely scenarios we can think of,’ ” he said. “Back in the day, seeing the movie with an audience, that always got a laugh.”

But don’t start doing victory laps on your hoverboard yet: For the Cubs to win their first World Series since 1908, they’d have to win the National League Championships before they even get to the World Series. (They’ll be facing either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the New York Mets.)

Still, according to Yahoo! Sports, the Cubs are the most favored team at booking houses on- and offline, and in some cases their odds for taking the Series have improved from 50-1 to 9-4.

So maybe have the hoverboard charged just in case.