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But this year there is another team with long-suffering fans - The Tampa Bay Rays (formerly the Devil Rays).
The Cubs, of course, are attempting to break the 100-year World Series Championship drought. All other franchise bouts of futility pale in comparison, but the 2008 Cubs do not remind you of futility. They are the best team the National League has to offer, by some significant distance, according to the most reliable source, the standings.
The Rays are at the other end of baseball's time continuum. Their entire history is but the blink of an eye compared to that of the Cubs. But the thing is, until this year, their history never contained more than 70 victories in a single season. And yet here they are, with less than two weeks remaining in the season, still leading the American League East with the second-best record in the AL.
Granted - I'm a bit biased. But in my opinion fans of a team that has not been around for even 2 decades can't compare to what Cubs fans have suffered through. What do you think?