108 years of hurt

Yes, it would be remiss of a baseball fan like myself, if I didnt mention events earlier this week. Yes, despite the fact that they knocked the Dodgers out in the previous round, it still has to be said, congratulations, Chicago Cubs!

Thats right, after 108 years, they’ve finally broken the jinx, and won the World Series again. There is no way to compare the team of today, with the team of 1908, even with the longevity of Wrigley Field, it wasnt their home stadium then! A humble, wooden built stadium called West Side Park hosted the Cubs in the glory years of 1907, and 1908.

The other huge difference between those World Series, and this year, all games back then were played during the day! No floodlights, and indeed the Cubs were the last team to bring in floodlights, as late as 1988! They still play more day games than most, a hint to that tradition.

The funniest thing about 1908? A few days after the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series on the Wednesday, they played again on the Sunday, as part of the festivities! Also all sorts of other events were done around that game, including races, and the like. Yes, just imagine Anthony Rizzo having a foot race against Mike Napoli now, four days after the Series was over!

Ironically, the longest streak since a World Series win now passes to the team they beat, the Cleveland Indians. Yes, next season, they will have 69 years of hurt to try and solve! Fine, the Dodgers breaking that 29 year jinx would suit me better, but…

Meeting Vin Scully next May could cure a lot of personal ills, mind!

The video. Well, it wont mean much to baseball fans, but given its talking about 30 years of hurt, it seemed rather apt. Yes, baseball is coming home to Chicago’s north side, after 108 years, congrats.

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Take me back to the ball park

Yes, its early April, and that means the Baseball season gets back into serious business tonight. I know, like many sports, there have been so many pre season matches that its unreal, but tonight, the ‘messing about’ stops, and we get down to the serious stuff.

And what better place (other than maybe Fenway Park?) to start the season than historic Wrigley Field, in Chicago, now 101 years young! Though the Cubs have only been playing there for 99 years, but who’s counting? Their opponents tonight, the St Louis Cardinals.

Well, I’m told the Cubs are going to look a whole new team this year, and supposedly they are talking about making the World Series. The fact that they havent won one, since 1908 is besides the point, and they’ve looked awful in recent times. But the team has had a major overhaul, so who knows, but I cant see it, sorry.

No, I wont be watching tonight, given it starts at 1.00 am our time, even if I’m not working at present, I need some beauty sleep. I’m sure it will be shown again on ESPN tomorrow, and then there is plenty of baseball tomorrow evening my time, so…

As to live baseball, well, I’ve got one game in mind. Last September, I watched a game in Kansas City, and in a couple of weeks, I’ll see a game just down the road from Hollywood. Of course, neither team was there in Jean’s time, but… I might also try to get to Anaheim, and see the Angels, but it might get complex for a non driver, so dont quote me on that! Also, I might find more than enough to do around L.A that I simply dont get the time to consider it! Still, Dodgers and Rockies is a definite fix for me, unless I break the SoCal drought!

I’m told my Seattle Mariners will be a contender this year, but I’ll believe it when I see it! Other than that, I’ll be rooting for the Royals, and Red Sox, and booing the Yankees, some things never change!

I might get another game in September, but that depends on a lot of things (including finding a job, probably), so we will see.

But one thing is for sure, if ESPN are showing baseball, at a reasonable hour, I’ll be watching it!

The video, well its the obvious baseball song. Wrigley Field too, where the season will start tonight

Baseball changes

Its been nice tonight, been able to watch (care of ESPN America over here) the baseball tonight, quite literally a very local derby. Yes, its that strange time of year, when teams from the same cities, but different leagues, get together and play baseball. Yes, and I’ve had the chance to watch it from one of the oldest, and one of the nicest stadiums in baseball, Wrigley Field.

Yes Kate, I know, its younger than Fenway Park, but not by much. And its a place that also has plenty of old world charm too.

What is different this year, is that this, at least for now, is the last year that this will be a big event happening. With the realignments next year (and hopefully when in the division, Houston still underperform the Mariners lol), next year will have all season long inter league baseball, taking away some of the fascination I’m sure.

Dont ask me why the American league, and the National league play to different rules (pitcher bats in one, not in the other is the obvious one I know, might be the only one?), but I suspect its steeped in long distant history, before they got together? I’m sure batting practice for those poor pitchers who never normally need to bat is quite entertaining! Next year, they will have to practice more lol! And NL teams will have to get the hang of this designated hitter thing too!

The video shows bits of, and around Wrigley Field, and yes, I’ve been there, and literally got the t-shirt too! Its an amazing place, and I hope I get back there sometime in the future as well. Apologies, the sound quality of this is poor, but lets face it, Wrigley is about the look and feel, not the sound

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P5f8CO0mvw

Happy Birthday, Fenway Park!

There cant be many major sports stadiums that get used for 100 years, but here, now at least, we have one! Yes, today marked the centenary of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, quite something.

I suspect things, and the stadium looked different way back then, though beyond one grainy black and white picture, I dont really know. And as Chicago folk would tell me, Wrigley Field is only 2 years away from joining the centenary club as well. I’m fortunate, I’ve been to both, and so glad I have. Just dont ask me to pick between them, OK? Both are wonderful in their own ways.

My next baseball stop, that relative baby, Safeco Field, only around since 1999 lol!

I’d heard a lot about Fenway, long before I got there. Indeed, I got to see it, from the observation deck of the John Hancock Tower 23 years before I finally got to visit it. Also, I was once quoted on a sports forum that getting to a game at Fenway was an impossibility, proved them wrong, but as it was about 8 years before, I didnt go chasing off to tell him so, lol! I guess what is also amazing about the place, given the setting for modern stadiums, its in the centre of Boston!

Oh, and I also know of an adorable dog, named after the park as well. Though obviously that Fenway sees things as being the other way around lol!

So, happy centenary, Fenway Park, thats an amazing achievement, and I toast you, and hope for many more years of baseball there.

Sorry, no music, just a brief report about this event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg3Kg_wPg4s