The Cubs have a big following. I see Cub fans in every stadium. I believe that its the other Chicago team, White Sox that we should watch this year. They are loaded with talent.I never really got into it, but I remember that whenever I went to my grandmother's house, she'd always have a Cubs game on. And her favorite player was Sammy Sosa.
Two great points. The White Sox look good this year. About the Cubs, you're also right. In fact, when I was a kid, there where times when Cub fans outnumbered Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium when the two teams would play. That's become less of a phenomenon over time as those people, who were clearly transplants form Chicago, spawn native Californians.
I think the number of Cub fans nationally can be traced back to the early days of cable TV when WGN was included in many packages across the country. MLB, in the form of the Cubs, became available to areas where it had never been seen previously, except on Sat afternoon network games of the week. The Braves developed a similar national following when Ted Turner's "super station 17" joined cable packages in the mid/late 70s.
I definitely have very fond memories of the Cubs. But I think that was her hands down, all time favorite team. I don't think there was so much as a close second if anything.