Pete Rose on Cubs’ World Series chances: They ‘will find a way to screw it up’

The Chicago Cubs aren’t just good in 2016 — they have a chance to be historically great. As of Tuesday afternoon the Cubs are 43-19, a full 8.5 games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central standings, with three more total wins than anyone else in baseball.

That’s right, the Cubs are red-hot, and with that hot start there is optimism that Joe Maddon’s club will finally, mercifully end that century-plus old World Series drought. But while that enthusiasm is sky-high, there’s one man who doubts it will happen: Pete Rose.

Rose appeared with FOX Sports’ "Outkick the Show" with Clay Travis, and when Travis asked Rose if he was hoping to see the Cubs win their first World Series in a century, Rose answered no — first, in allegiance to his Reds.

But then Rose followed up with the quote that every Cubs fan dreads: They’ll figure out a way to screw it up.

Here is the full quote (at roughly 29:50 of the video below):

Now, the reason that we included Rose’s whole answer here is to make one thing clear: If you read the full answer, it’s obvious that while Rose said "the Cubs will find a way to screw it up" the comment was in a larger point that anything can happen in baseball. As good as they are right now, it can all end quickly, if they face the wrong team come October.

Either way, it really is a fascinating interview, and worth taking the half hour or so to listen to as Travis and Rose hit on a number of topics, including the greatness of Bryce Harper, the NHL coming to Vegas, and why Rose’s all-time hits record is the toughest to break in baseball.