well, since it looks like the cubs aren't going to be winning that three-peat this year...
...i'm going to do something i don't usually do. genuinely root for another team.
a few years ago the white sox won the series. they had a great season. and they played really well when it counted. i tried to enjoy it. i pretended to bask in someone else's glory. i was able to too. for about 5 seconds. it just rang false for me. so i did what every decent guy did. i went to work after they won it, looked sox fans in the eye. and said congratulations...you guys deserved to win because you had the best team. (now, side note, i may not have received that same courtesy from sox fans had the cubs won, but who are we kidding? the cubs don't win)
i lived in the city proper (chicago) for 24 years. still live in the area. but i seem to moving more north. pretty close to wisconsin now, in fact. i discovered that cub tickets at wrigley are just impossible. but...getting cub tickets when they play the brewers in milwaukee were not. so i make the drive up north to milwaukee a few times a year. they have a great facility. the fans are great. they put up with us cub fans okay. so, i may not buy a brewer hat any time soon. but go brewers. if my team can't win...then the team that my neighbors to the north may as well.
last thing. hate to drop this bomb on you all now...i am concerned baseball might be a dying sport. more kids near me play soccer than baseball. and playoff ratings are way down. too bad too. probably my favorite sport. i played it everyday when i was a kid. and there is nothing...nothing
...like the optimism i feel right before every season begins in april.
I want to tell her that I love her a lot, but I got to get a belly full of wine.