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...but especially today...

(Derrick May...Chicago Cubs outfielder, 1990 to 1994)

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I don't keep up with baseball at all, so please elaborate a bit.

 



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Oh, jeeze...where to begin?
Perhaps with the jersey hanging in the locker?
Yeah...that's the ticket...

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Well, even I got the date connection, but is May the last name of the player in the photo?  So did the Cubs win for a change?

Hey, Chicago baseball has its Cubs, Jacksonville football has its Jaguars. hmm



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KittyBiggerstaff wrote:

Well, even I got the date connection, but is May the last name of the player in the photo?   hmm


 Yes...that's Derrick May...who played for the Cubs from 1990 to 1994.

One night I was watching the game on WGN-TV and they said..."Hey, today's a good day to be a Cub...especially if you're Derrick May"...or something like that, as they showed him catching a fly ball in the outfield.

And they made a really big deal out of it, because the date was May 27...probably in 1991...and you could see his name and number...MAY 27...on the back of his jersey.

I remember thinking how funny and cool that was. It took a lot less to amuse me, back in the day...

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KittyBiggerstaff wrote:

I don't keep up with baseball at all, so please elaborate a bit.

 


Well, in 1797-8, Jane Austen wrote a book called Northanger Abbey in which she describes her heroine thus:

"It was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket,  base-ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books." 

So that was the actual game invented.

Then in the 1880s a young Englishman called Harry M. Stevens moved to the US and decided to make money out of the game. As I said, Harry was young, had a family to support and probably didn't realise that practically no one made money out of baseball. But in pretty short order he invented the baseball score card, the hotdog and the idea of drinking soda through a straw. I am not sure about how the latter came about, but there you are. The game that Charlie knows and loves was up and running.



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I've tried watching cricket a few times, probably on PBS, never could get any similarity to baseball, seems more like badminton without a net, or airborne croquet. confuse



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KittyBiggerstaff wrote:

I've tried watching cricket a few times, probably on PBS, never could get any similarity to baseball, seems more like badminton without a net, or airborne croquet. confuse


 Cricket is a sophoric, with bad language. or sledging as it is called in the trade.



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Baseball in America goes back a long way, probably to colonial times. By the 1840s there were semi-pro teams playing before large crowds in the East.

The earliest professional leagues began after the Civil War years....and the late 1800s saw a lot of cheating and gambling and fixing of games, and huge betting scandals. It was a rough game, played by rough men in front of rough and rowdy crowds, who drank a lot. It wasn't until the start of the last century that "modern" baseball, as we now know it, really began.

I just finished reading a book about the 1908 season...the last year in which the Cubs won the World Series. I used to have a T-shirt that said: Chicago Cubs...World Champions...1908. I wore it until it fell apart.

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...especially when they no-hit the fucking Dodgers on the road...on national TV. Which happened last night (Sunday, August 30).

I tore my hair out until it was safely in the books. I've actually come within an eyelash of seeing a no-hitter, live and in the flesh, at least twice. It's torture...and almost a relief when the pitcher doesn't make it...the tension can be unbearable. I can't imagine actually doing it.

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 Are they a Jewish team?

In the UK  the Jews tend to support Tottenham Hotspur.  The traditional chant is "up the lily whites (their home colours include a white jersey), up the Yids!" This drives the left nuts, but there is sod all they can do about it because the shinies like a joke and the socialists would not recognise one if it pissed in their cornflakes.



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They play on the North Side of Chicago, where there were, in times past, a few Jewish neighborhoods that were no more than a short bus ride or train ride away from the ballpark. Still a lot of Jews in those areas, but not like when I was growing up.

Most of them moved out to the suburbs where I grew up...and their kids and grandkids have moved even further out into the boonies. So they're a long way from the home of the Cubs, but they still have that "Bleed-Cubbie-Blue-Until-I-Die" loyalty, as I did when I was just a half-hour away. And I still do today.

So yeah, I guess you could call the Cubs a Jewish team, because a lot of Chicago-area Jews are Cub fans. But not all Cub fans are Jews...probably just a very small percentage. Fan loyalty is based more on where you live and/or grow up, or what your family teaches you.

I grew up Jewish, but I didn't go to my first live Cub game until a month before my Bar Mitzvah. My father and the guy next door took their sons. We sat in the bleachers. I was hooked the minute I walked into the park. That was in 1960. Whole different world. Stayed pretty much the same until I was in my early thirties. It's all gone now.

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I have one of these...but mine is custom made...

It's a blue suede yarmulke...

And don't you...step on my yarmulke...

You can mess with me...but don't mess with my yarmulke...



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