If the World Series hangover is indeed a real thing, one would never know it from a visit to Iowa's iconic Principal Park -- home of the Triple-A affiliate of the reigning champion Chicago Cubs.
The heart, hunger and desire is all there from the Iowa Cubs athletes as if the Curse of the Billy Goat was still alive and well. A possible explanation? A few of the I-Cubs have already had a taste of the big leagues, with Ian Happ and Tommy La Stella leading the way. Overall, they're a young, hungry team; poised to turn a surprise 2016 championship run into a dynasty.
Could the Chicago Cubs become a perennial World Series threat? With elite prospects such as catching phenom Victor Caratini coming up the pipeline via Iowa, such high hopes and dreams could become reality. Make no mistake: The Cubs have a bright future ahead. Chicago should be a top contender in the National League and a legit beast in the postseason -- for at least the next several years.
And now that the Cubbies won their first championship in over a century, baseball in the Midwest is booming. It takes just one visit to Des Moines to realize the Cubs' fan base stretches far east of the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. During Iowa's home game on June 2, fans were clearly revved up and still buzzing about the Cubs' World Series win.
Fans were sporting all different kinds of jerseys featuring the names and numbers of Cubs World Series winners who got their start in Iowa, including Kris Bryant. Besides the on-field action, Principal Park is a wonderful place to celebrate Wrigley Field's finest signatures. There's Chicago-style hot dogs, Old Style beer on tap and the Cubs' familiar logo all over the place. Baseball fans passing through or living in Des Moines should definitely check out the Iowa Cubs.