The Chicago Cubs were swept out of the playoffs on Oct. 21, 2015 – the exact day Back to the Future Part II predicted that they'd win the World Series.
Millions of hard-luck Cubs fans were certain that the blockbuster 1989 film predicted an end to their epic 107-year championship drought. Instead, Back to the Future Day brought nothing but tears.
In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly steps into a futuristic Hill Valley and is shocked with disbelief by a newsflash that the Cubbies have swept the World Series against the Miami Gators.
Hopes in Chicago hit fever pitch earlier this month when a resurgent team, stocked full of exciting young players, vanquished their rival St. Louis Cardinals three games to one to advance to the National League Championship Series – just eight wins away from winning the World Series.
Alas, it was not to be. The New York Mets, another team with a long-suffering fan base, dominated the Cubs and won four games in a row.
All hope ended on Wednesday night as the Mets trounced the Cubbies 8-3 in a game that left fans on the North Side of Chicago fearing the worst from the top of the first inning.
The Mets advance the face either the Kansas City Royals or the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. Kansas City currently leads the American League Championship Series three games to two.
As for the forlorn Cubs fans, there's always next century.