For all those who quit on baseball, the impossible might bring them back
We’re talking about the impossible World Series.
As baseball faces declining numbers of fans, though, this is just what it needs – Wrigley/Fenway.
I keep joking about it with my friend Steve. Seeing as the entire sport seems determined to take a few months off every couple of years as the players wait for an unneeded pay raise, I don’t blame him.
He swears that the only possible way he’ll ever watch another World Series is if the Cubs face the Red Sox.
A month ago, he shared that sentiment with his brother in North Carolina and his brother responded, “So you’re never going to watch it again?”
But I personally have fallen in love with the sport. And I think it’s about time that something like the ivy wall verses the green monster came along.
Steve grew up as a pretty big baseball fan. Now it’s all he can do to get through that dry spell between the hoisting of the Stanley Cup and the first kickoff of the NFL season.
I spend those two months wondering if the Seattle Mariners are going to piss away another September, and, if they do, wondering how far the Red Sox are going to go. This year, I had the added dynamic of watching Sammy Sosa recover from his cork incident while Mark Prior and Kerry Wood brought the Cubs to their first National League championship series since 1989.
I think it can happen. I’m desperate for it to happen. Cubs/Red Sox, baby. I’m going to hold out until I’m asking Ryan to take that rotten banana out to the dumpster.
The first pro game I ever saw was at Fenway. Cold beer, tasty hot dogs, and a tab that got charged back to the newspaper I was working for at the time.
And there’s that dramatic history behind the Cubs 95-year lack of success after winning the fifth-ever baseball world championship.
The Yankees have enough titles. No one but a pure-blood, Bronx-borne die-hard can argue with that one.
And so does Florida, for all I care. They just won the Super Bowl and two entire hockey franchises are wasted on the state.
So let’s see the championship we really want.
Let’s see the impossible World Series: Cubs/Red Sox, starting at Fenway, Oct. 18.
Richard Chittick can be contacted at (970) 668-3998 ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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