Illinois Lottery MLB TicketsThe Illinois Lottery unveiled a line of instant tickets that offer cash prizes and the chance to win season tickets for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and even the St. Louis Cardinals. I guess enough residents downstate would prefer Cardinals tickets. Hey Springfield folks, I'm looking at you.
Over the last two weeks, the Illinois Lottery has been running a radio spot promoting this game on local stations. In that commercial, they make reference to historic moments for each team. For the White Sox, they made reference to Philip Humber's perfect game earlier this season against the Seattle Mariners. For the Cardinals, they mentioned the team's World Series championship from the 2011 season.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. Insert whatever joke you'd like at this point. I'll wait.
[Cue an elevator version of The Girl from Ipanema.]
Did you do it? Very well. Let's move along.
So for the Cubs moment, they didn't mention a division-winning season, a player who earned an MVP award, and not even Kerry Wood's 20 strikeout game. They made reference to the first night game at Wrigley Field. Yes, the Cubs were the last team to install lights in their home park. But even that moment was from 1988 - 24 years ago.
Thanks, Illinois Lottery.