I’ve been reminded this week of just how hard it is to be a Cubs fan. I think that we can all admit that it’s much harder than being a Dodgers fan especially with the clobber the Dodgers gave the Cubs last night (thank you Russell Martin)
My great aunt, who grew up in Chicago, died this week. The Cubs never won a World Series in her lifetime. But wait, there’s more.
My grandmother, who also grew up in Chicago, turned 99-years-old in June. The Cubs haven’t even won a World Series in her life time.
In the meantime, the Dodgers have won six World Series titles (55, 59, 63, 65, 81 and 88). Of course the Blue Jays have won their only two titles since the last time the Dodgers were even in the Series (92 and 93).
I was born a baseball fan. More specifically, I was born a Dodgers fan.
My mother grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles, with her family, in the mid 1950s, just a few years before the Dodgers made their trek west. I don’t think she ever went to a game in Brooklyn, but she has told us many stories about her father and uncles fighting over the three New York teams of long ago, and she has always been a Dodgers fan.
My aunt, my mother’s sister, went to high school with Sandy Kofax. I don’t know how well they knew each other, but I like to bring this up and is if to somehow say I’m connected to greatness.
My older brother has been a Dodgers fan his entire life (much more on this in future posts) and schooled me on much of the ins and outs of the Dodgers throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He eventually bought season tickets and I went to several games with him, sitting along the first baseline in the field level (yellow seats for those watching at home).
I moved to Canada more than a dozen years ago and went to a lot of Blue Jays games when we lived in Toronto. We’ll call them my American League team. Jays and Dodgers fans have a lot in common, but that’s another topic that I’ll go into in a future post.
I’ve been a fan through the good years and the bad (and there have been some pretty bad ones). I’m not Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch, but I’m still a fan.
I make it back to LA usually at least once a year and have caught a few Dodger games when they happen to be in town the same time as me. Otherwise I watch when a game is televised here or listen through MLB audio (not a bad bargain to be able to listen to any radio broadcast from any team for the season for $14.95).
I’ve been blogging about education and technology (my career) for more than four years and it seemed only natural to start one related to baseball. So here it is.