11 to 3 is now the preferred metric...
Dan Curry believed from an early age that his team was destined to win. His earliest memory was the closing weeks of the 1964 season, when, as a child just arriving in St. Louis from Cleveland, saw his team pull off a miraculous comeback to win the NL pennant and eventually the World Series. There were further NL pennants in 1967, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2013 and World Championships in 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2011. He was in attendance at game 1 of the 1968 World Series where Bob Gibson struck out 17 Detroit Tigers, setting a Fall Classic record that still stands.
Throughout his life into his 30s, Dan played competitive baseball (and fast-pitch softball) and in college, ironically, played with this former Cub and threw across the diamond to this former sports figure in St. Louis.
Throughout it all, he remained a Cardinals fan even though he moved to northern Illinois more than 40 years ago.
John Pearman, meanwhile, is a long suffering die-hard Cubs fan who no longer has to hear about his team's century-long futility. He grew up in rural Paris, Illinois (equal distance from both Chicago and St. Louis) and is a fourth generation Cub fan.
(Paris was also home to the Paris Lakers, who from 1955-1959 were an affiliate of the Cubs. The Lakers won the 1956 Midwest League championship. As a result of the Lakers’ association with the Cubs, many Paris residents were raised Cub fans.)
After suffering through perennial last place finishes in the 70s, Pearman had his hopes dashed in 1984, 1989, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2009 & 2015. His greatest hope as a Cubs fan was realized in 2016 when he witnessed his 87-year-old father living to see a Cubs championship. Now he's hoping for more great memories from his beloved Cubs.
Dan and John are business partners and decided to convert the hours they spend talking baseball into a podcast. The timing was great as the Cubs finally emerged as a competitive team. The I-55 rivalry has heated up. Listen in as we talk about it each week.