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Because while the final round of the National League playoffs begins Saturday and has the potential to be a Chicago/New York battle (although a classic Chi/N.Y. brawl would be against the Yankees), it will be mid-week of next week when the games come to the Lake View neighborhood.
IT OUGHT TO be a time when the part of Chicago that takes the Cubs seriously ought to be feeling glee. Their preferred ball club has played much better than anyone had a right to expect; and they are on the verge of making “1945” just another league championship year.
Then again, they could claim the same in 1984 and 2003 – and in both of those years came within one ballgame of winning the National League championship before blowing things.
Perhaps it is that anxiety that things could go down the drain yet again that is getting some people all worked up to complain that their ball club isn’t being given enough “love.”
What makes me apathetic about the whole National League playoff scene (aside from the fact that I’m more of an American League fan) is the idea spread by many that the Cubs are entitled to the love of the nation – and that anybody who dares not to worship Cubbie blue is somehow flawed.
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JUST AS WHEN President Barack Obama used Twitter to offer his own support for the Cubs – even though he’s South Side oriented and a White Sox fan. There were those who wanted to immediately trash Obama for even getting involved.
There are those who did so for politically partisan reasons. Although that bothers me because I always view baseball as a way of escaping the nonsense of political griping. Those people seriously need to get a grip.
There also are the people who are upset these days because Cubs organization hitting instructor Manny Ramirez (who has worked with the minor league affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa) said he thinks one-time Cubs demi-god Sammy Sosa ought to be allowed to throw out a “first pitch” prior to one of next week’s games.
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For all the love and affection that Cubs fans thought their team was entitled to because of all those Sosa home runs more than a decade ago, it cracks me up the degree to which they dump on him now.
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AS THOUGH THEY think they can rewrite history and pretend he’s not really a significant part of the Cubs image. Ramirez is probably correct in saying that Sosa is entitled to be a part of the festivities that occur this week.
But to read the anonymous crackpots who pollute the Internet with their whining responses to everything, it’s no, no, no, no and no!
Now I don’t know who will wind up doing the “first pitch” duties at the ball games to be played at Wrigley (where the Illinois Nazis showed up in their fruitless pursuit of the guy who drove through their rally and forced them into the river).
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IT SEEMS THAT actor Christopher Lloyd (who played “Doc Brown” in all the Back to the Future films) is hearing talk that he will be asked to do the “first pitch” duties, and he’s all excited to handle the task.
Just as there are some who also are eager to bring up “Rookie of the Year, another film that ends with a Chicago Cubs World Series victory. Will we get people eager to see a 12-year-old whose childish antics supposedly lead the adult Cubs to victory on the playing field?
Fiction seems to be overtaking reality, which makes me wonder if the Cubs manage to lose if their fans will merely create their alternate reality and pretend they really won?
Although thinking back to those Illinois Nazis (whom we all hate) makes me think of the video I stumbled across on YouTube – one in which Adolf Hitler was talking with his leading strategists about baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals and becomes outraged upon learning of the Cubs’ victory earlier this week in the playoffs.
PERSONALLY, I FIND it ironic because of a bit of propaganda that came from the real Nazis – an English-language report intended to demoralize Allied prisoners of war about how Yankee imperialists beat up on helpless, defenseless birds.
The reality behind that report? The New York Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1943 World Series!
So the idea of a Hitler outburst in reaction to a Cubs victory? Perhaps it’s fitting in light of all the other nonsense we’re going to deal with next week.