Monday, September 29, 2008

The Playoffs

After I posted yesterday’s Blog I turned on the television to watch the Marlins play the Mets. But at 2PM I switched over to the Cubs/Brewers game. I think that the Cubs gave this game to the Brewers. For the Cubs it was a meaningless game and it meant the playoffs for the Brewers. I toggled back to the Mets game during the commercials. I was happy to see them lose. Now a Milwaukee win would put them into the Playoffs.

Most Cubs fans have an extreme dislike for the New York Mets. Every time I see them play I’m reminded of 1969 and the Miracle Mets. This dislike is instilled in new Cubs fans by the older generation Cubs Fans. My Dad disliked the New York Yankees for beating the Cubs in two World Series in the 1930’s. I grew up hating the Yankees. And that was long before George Steinbrenner (a man you love to hate) bought the team.

Chicago baseball fans have a natural dislike for teams from New York. The Cubs fans that I know will cheer for their cross-town rivals, the White Sox, when they play the Yankees. I don’t know too many White Sox fans, but I sure that they root for the Cubs when they play the Mets.

I would imagine that the players, coaches and managers of both Chicago baseball teams feel the same way.

I’m not saying that the Cubs intentionally lost the game yesterday, but they had nothing to gain by beating the Brewers and a warm feeling inside if the Mets did not make the Playoffs.

The Beach Bum

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