Diehard Cubs fan Bill Murray isn't sure he wants Chicago to win the World Series, because the Red Sox

Bill Murray is a diehard Cubs fan who isn't sure he wants the Cubs to win the World Series
(Image credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Bill Murray is a Chicago native and all of his family (except for one brother) are diehard Cubs fans. The Cubs will eventually win the World Series, Jimmy Kimmel told Murray on Monday's Kimmel Live, a day after the two of them had caught Chicago's second straight loss to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. "Do you feel like the team, the fans, will lose something when they do? Because I feel like the Red Sox used to be special, and now they're just another good team." The Brooklyn crowd booed the very mention of the Boston team, and Murray stepped up to the plate.

"Well, the Boston Red Sox used to be the most gracious losers," Murray said. "I was always impressed with how gracious they were in defeat — they really applauded the other team and how well they played, and so forth. And then they won a couple World Series, and now they're unbearable — they're just unbearable fans, and something really changed with them." It's kind of natural, like being famous, he said, but "I hope the Cubs fans don't do that, I hope it doesn't happen for us." Well, "you're willing to risk it, yes? For a win?" Kimmel asked, and Murray didn't say yes. "Well, you know, I think that's a lot to risk," he said. "It's going to happen, but I think it's a lot to risk." Watch the agony of a thoughtful Cubs fan below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.