I’m a fairly rabid baseball fan and this year is giving us a World Series out of our dreams. In the National League corner, we have the Chicago Cubs, in their first World Series since before the game was integrated, vying for their first title in 108 years. A young, great team lead by a great manager that plowed through two very good teams to get to the final.
And in the American League corner, we have the Cleveland Indians, who have not won a title since 1948. It’s another young, great team lead by a great manager that plowed through two very good teams to get here.
I wish there were a way that both teams could win. One great American city will soon see its long heartache ended. But one will see another chapter in their written. My heart is with Chicago — I was born there and used to watch them on cable. But Cleveland is a very good team and tonight’s opener went about as well as it could possibly have gone for them. Kluber pitched well and the offense was good enough that he could be pulled early for a possible Game Four start. As a Braves fan, I’ve sat next to fans of both teams in the post-season and both teams have great generous midwestern fanbases (Braves fans who went to the ’95 series in Cleveland told me Tribe fans bought them beers). No matter who wins, it will be good for baseball.
This is anti-matter to the election, which features two old corrupt liars who I wish could both lose.
It took almost ten months, but 2016 has finally given us something to be positive about. Go Cubs! Go Tribe! Go baseball!