It looks like proclaiming the Chicago Cubs "2012 World Series Champions" on a new NBC series was even more science fiction than the beleaguered team could take.
A scene from an early version of the network's new sci-fi series, "Revolution" — set 15 years into the future — showed the marquee outside of a dilapidated, overgrown Wrigley Field which read, "2012 World Series Champions."
When the Cubs management found out about the fantasy shot, they complained to show creator Eric Kripke, a longtime Cubs fan, and those words were digitally removed in the version of the show that premiered last Monday night.
The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world which all technology on Earth has been disabled by some mysterious phenomenon — forcing the globe's inhabitants to adapt to the chaos which ensues and coping with no electricity. The good thing — the Cubs can go back to having only day games again.
"I can't comment too much on it, only to say that the administration of the Cubs felt strongly that it shouldn't be there," Kripke told TVLine about the digital edit. "I'm from the Midwest, and it was not meant as a dig. It was meant as a "Wouldn't that be tragic irony, that I'm rooting for the Cubs and they finally won the year the world ended?' It was about rooting for a team I have great affection for, but they didn't see it that way. It's their team, and I get it."
The Cubbies last won a World Series in 1908 and even suggesting a Cubs' world title is a suspension of disbelief the organization can't muster these days.
The real question here is what took the Cubs so long to put the kibosh on the shot in the first place? The promos have been running for weeks and the team has been out in outer space since, oh, 2003.