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Back to the Future II co-writer discusses Cubs 2015 World Series prediction

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Back to the Future II co-writer discusses Cubs 2015 World Series prediction

By now, everybody knows the Cubs were predicted to win the 2015 World Series in the movie Back to the Future II, which was released in 1989.

But how did that prediction come about?

Bob Gale, a co-writer for all three Back to the Future movies, joined Cubs Pregame Live with CSN's David Kaplan before Game 3 of the NLCS to discuss how it went down.

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"The whole idea of the story of Part II is that Marty McFly goes into the future and gets the idea to use time travel to get rich," Gale said. "And as a kid, what would he think of? He's 17 years old, he wouldn't think about investing in the stock market. No, he'd be a sports fan and he'd think about sports.

"So to give him that incentive, we thought 'OK, let's give him the most outrageous sports thought ever possible that the Cubs win the World Series.' This would be a completely insane idea to a kid in 1985, so that's how it started."

Gale is also a diehard Cardinals fan, and was in a bit of a predicament for the NLDS: Did he root for his prediction to come true or his team to advance?

Check out his answer and the full interview above.

*Back to the Future 30th anniversary trilogy is available on Blu-ray and DVD, and the films are playing at select theaters nationwide.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.