Back to the Future Part II Writer Explains His Cubs Prediction

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As the Chicago Cubs continue their journey through this postseason, it’s nearly impossible to get away from the Back to the Future Part II chatter about the prediction that the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series.

btf1 btf2 btf3Believe me, that’s only three of about three hundred million like this that are out there. It’s one thing to hear about it from the social media world, but it’s another thing to hear about it directly from the writer of the film, Bob Gale, who recently gave an interview discussing how this crazy prediction actually came to be.

Well, it actually stems from Gale being a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He had already come up with the plotline of Marty McFly going back in time to make money betting on sports, but he needed something else.

“What better way to give him the idea than with a really outrageous scenario, which is the Cubs win the World Series?”

Ouch, but what would you expect from a Cardinals fan? So how exactly did Gale feel about the NLDS between the Cubs and Cardinals? On one hand, his favorite team was in the postseason yet again, but the Cubs were on a roll and if they continued to advance, he would look like an absolute genius. His response was pretty damn good.

“Somebody once defined mixed emotions as watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your brand-new Mercedes. Was I rooting for the Cardinals? Yes. Was I also rooting for the Cubs? Yeah, maybe a little bit. This is one of those things where whatever happens, I’m a winner. If the Cardinals win, I’m happy about that. … But if the Cubs win, then I look really smart.”

Let’s hope he continues to look that smart. The Cubs continue their playoff push on Saturday night in New York for Game 1 of the NLCS.