Friday, November 4, 2016

Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

It's been a few centuries days since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, and people have been appropriately excited.

I'm a very fair weather baseball fan. I enjoy it, although I don't follow it like I do some other sports, and my local Pittsburgh Pirates have been...disappointing.

Still, I'm a sucker for the underdog, especially in baseball, where the "luxury tax" system doesn't impress me too much. It was always fun to hear the anecdotes ("The last time the Cubs won the World Series, the Ottoman Empire still existed!") but I'm finally glad they won.

It's a little strange that sports can be so culturally different and yet have such similar structures. All four major professional sports in America are basically 30-team outfits with two leagues and similar setups for contracts, playoffs, seasons, etc. Football has a lot less games and basketball seems a little uneven, but by and large they're all the same. And yet a baseball game feels totally different than, say, a hockey game, beyond just the sport itself. Thew crowds are different. The culture is different.

Baseball has the advantage of being one of the oldest leagues, and even though those early years probably shouldn't count because it was largely a bunch of men throwing bags of sand at each other, it still produces some fairly impressive lore. Each team has their own weird promos, their enigmatic announcers, their curses and heroes.

And such as it is with the Cubs. In another 108 years, who knows what will happen? Probably robots.

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