Congratulations To The Cubs

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A HUGE congratulations to the 2016 Chicago Cubs for winning the World Series.  What a great time to be a baseball fan.  During the course of the last fifteen  World Series ten different teams have won the title.  In that span the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox have won three times and the St. Louis Cardinals have won it twice.  Of late it would seem that from year to year just about any team can be the winner.

Congrats to Joe Maddon for winning a World Series ring.  This is his second ring, but his first as a manager.  He won his first in 2002 serving as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the Anaheim Angels.  He did guide the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays to their first, and only, World Series appearance.  Unfortunately for him they lost in five games to a superior Philadelphia Phillies  team.  Over the last several years Maddon has proven himself to be one of the better managers in baseball.  This win with The Cubs was hard earned and well deserved.

Kudos to Chicago  Cubs President of baseball operations Theo Epstein. Epstein now has a special  place in baseball history.  He had a hand in helping bring World Series titles to two long suffering, and alleged cursed, franchises.  First to the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and now in 2016 to the Chicago Cubs.

Now that the 2016 Major League  Baseball season is over all of us baseball fans can look to 2017 with a clean slate.  Perhaps 2017 will be the year that our team brings home a World Series title.  In the meantime I am very happy  for the Chicago Cubs and their fans.

The Confessions Of A Satisfied Yankees Fan

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As the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins, I have a confession to make.  Let me start by saying that I have been a fan of the New York Yankees for most of my life. I am going to make a confession that may infuriate some fellow fans and confuse others.  If the Yankees never win the World Series again, in my lifetime, I am okay with it.  Some may question my loyalty as a fan, based on this statement, but let me explain. From 1995 to 2015 the Yankees went to the playoffs almost every year, missing only three years. They played in seven World Series and won five of them . That is an embarrassment of riches. I have witnessed a great deal of amazing playoff baseball in my lifetime. Many fans have yet to see their team win a championship. Some fans have never seen their favorite team even make it to the World Series.  Another confession, deep down I would love to see the Yankees win it all every year, but that’s not realistic and it is a bit greedy.  I have seen enough winning baseball to last me a lifetime. That being said, let’s go Yanks!!!

The Super Bowl: Must See TV, Or Else

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Football fans facinate me.  Generally speaking, regardless of what teams are playing the fans are watching.  With baseball this is not the case, baseball fans want to watch their team. This is especially true in the World Series.  My team’s not playing? I have no interest in watching. That seems to be the concensus amoung baseball fans.

This is far from the case with the Super Bowl, nearly every football fan is watching.  And now everybody else seems to watch the Super Bowl, whether they like football or not.  And to add to that they expect that everyone else is watching as well.  I haven’t watched since Super Bowl 42, which was an amazing game.  I do enjoy football, but I haven’t felt compelled to watch in a few years.  I am a huge baseball fan, so The World Series excites me, whether my team is playing or not.

Over the last few years, the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, various people will ask me, “What did you think about the game?”  My response of, ” I didn’t watch the game” is rewarded by an incredulous look that basically says, ” You didn’t watch the game, what’s wrong with you?!?!” Just because everyone else is watching does not mean that I have to.  For me the conclusion of the Super Bowl means two things: football season is over and baseball season is just around the corner.