The Chicago Cubs made history Wednesday night, winning their first World Series since 1908, and bringing some long-awaited glory to one of the most long-suffering franchises in sports. To do so they had to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the series, a blown lead and even a rain delay before the 10th inning.It’s the best story in baseball in years. And I sort of fear what may come next: the inevitable Cubs backlash.

Its been a frequent pattern in baseball over the years: a team wins a championship, or sometimes more than one championship. Then, as a result, the team’s formerly long-suffering, sympathetic fanbase starts to get treated as “smug,” “entitled,” and other words for sports fans who other fans don’t like.

Lovable losers to hissable villains?

This happened to the Boston Red Sox, the original “lovable loser” team, which ended an 86-year drought in 2004, while led by the same front office team that put together this year’s Cubs. Sure, it was a great story at the time. But by the next year, all the non-Boston fans who used to hate the Yankees now hated the Yankees and the Red Sox. Once the Sox won two more titles in 2007 and 2013 and the other teams in Boston all got parades of their own, Boston was everybody’s least-favorite sports town.

The same thing happened to the St. Louis Cardinals. The prevailing mythology in the ‘80s and ‘90s was that St. Louis was “baseball heaven,” a place with friendly fans where free agents could sign and be loved by appreciative fans.It’s unclear when the Cards backlash started -- was it the steroid revelations about Mark McGwire?

Fatigue with the team making the playoffs every year, including titles in 2006 and 2011? Or perhaps it was the glorious Twitter feed @BestFansStLouis, which retweets horrible, vicious and often racist tweets from Cardinals fans, directed towards both opposing players and sometimes their own.

Are the Cubs next?

With the Cubs winning, the end of the drought is going to be a major story, for the next week and throughout the offseason. The parade will draw millions of fans to Chicago, and there will be profile after profile of 100-year-olds who’ve been waiting for this their entire life. I don’t even want to know what Bill Murray’s going to do in the next week.

And yes, there’s going to be a backlash. Non-Cubs fans, even ones who wanted to see the team win it all, will be sick of it by next spring. It’s not hard to imagine full-on Cubs hate going into full swing by spring training next year.Don’t do it, everyone. Let the Cubs fans have their fun. Is the hatred of sports fans nationwide an acceptable price to pay for a championship, especially after a decades-long drought? I’m sure the vast majority of sports fans would accept that deal.

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