I don’t know anything about baseball. And I certainly didn’t know that the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in 108 years, till last night when I turned the game on in the bottom of the ninth. But I do know Parks And Recreation. I recently re-watched the show on Netflix and something stuck with me.
To recap: Season 7 of the show is flash forwarded to 2017. In episode 7.2 “Ron and Jammy,” Tom Haverford and Andy Dwyer go to Chicago to visit Lucy (a former flame of Tom’s) under the guise that Andy is considering a move to town. She gives them a tour of Chicago, in which he tells Andy:
Yeah, I think you’re really gonna like it here. And obviously everyone’s in a really great mood now because of the Cubs winning the series.
Knowing that the show is set in 2017, one can assume that she is referring to the 2016 baseball season. But how can we be sure it’s not the 2017 season? There aren’t any national holidays referenced in the show to give us an idea of the time of year. We do know that the final season aired in January, but the shots are far too sunny and clear to be winter in Indiana and Illinois. Plus, while giving them a walking tour of the city, Lucy is wearing a light sun dress and it’s definitely been raining in Chicago. A quick Google search told me that the windy city usually sees most of it’s annual rainfall in July/August, which would make sense if the show was shot in the summer/fall, and aired the next year.
So it’s likely that Lucy is referencing the previous baseball season, since the 2017 team would still be in the new season, basking in the glory of their long awaited victory.