Winning the World Series Will Change Your Lives, Cubs Fans

(Monte Dutton sketch)

(Monte Dutton sketch)

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Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10:22 a.m.

Life will change, Cubs fans, and for the good. This I know.

The reason I have rooted for the Boston Red Sox for my entire life is that my late father’s favorite baseball player was Ted Williams, and my first rich memory of the game was in 1967, when Williams’ successor in left field, Carl Yastrzemski, became my favorite ballplayer.

Monte Dutton

Monte Dutton

My father didn’t live to see the Red Sox win the World Series. Williams didn’t live to see it. Yaz didn’t play long enough but goes to spring training and shows up at Fenway Park from time to time.

Baseball used to be an addiction. The highs were never as high as the lows were low. Now it’s a virtue. It’s more religion than sport. This century has been the New Testament. The angry God became merciful.

I was rooting for the Indians. I am forever grateful to Terry Francona. As long as he manages any team other than the Yankees, I’ll hope he wins every game that isn’t against the Red Sox.

Here’s what winning World Series three times in the past 13 seasons has done for Red Sox fans. Baseball doesn’t take years off our lives anymore. This year the Red Sox had a fine season, but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Tribe.

It’s okay. They’ll be good next year, too. It was a damned fine season.

If they had not broken the ice in 2004, I would be devastated. I used to think the Red Sox were God’s personal punishment for all my sins.

In this year’s World Series, both teams had Boston written all over their rosters and management. I’m happy for the Cubs. I’m sorrowful for the Indians. I hope they win it next year, unless, of course, they stand in the way of the Red Sox.

 

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(Cover design by Jennifer Skutelsky)

(Cover design by Jennifer Skutelsky)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

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Cowboys Come Home is my brand-new, fresh-off-the-press western, a tale of two World War II veterans of the Pacific who come back home to Texas, intent on resuming their cowboy ways.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses is the latest. It’s a tale about a crooked politician who wants to be governor, whatever it takes, and another man trying to stop him. It’s outrageous.(Melanie Ryon cover design)

Crazy of Natural Causes is about the fall and rise of Chance Benford, a Kentucky football coach who reinvents himself. It’s original.

The Intangibles is about the South in the 1960s, complete with racial strife, bigotry, resentment, cultural exchange and, of course, high school football.

(Crystal Lynn cover photo)

(Crystal Lynn cover photo)

The Audacity of Dope is the tale of Riley Mansfield, a pot-smoking songwriter turned national hero with a taste for the former and a distaste for the latter.

Longer Songs is a collection of 11 short stories that all began in songs I wrote.

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About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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One Response to Winning the World Series Will Change Your Lives, Cubs Fans

  1. Woody Grant says:

    I think Cubs fans are different than Red Sox fans. Losing was part of the Cub’s appeal, the scrappy underdog who might pull it off this time. My experience with Red Sox fans is that they were less fixated on the Sox’ many failures to win the Series than the Yankees many successes.

    If the Cubs go back into a hole, they’ll keep their lovability. But if they have a group of years as good as Boston, they’ll become just another team. Chicago is one of the few places that has two hometown teams. People chose the Cubs less for the geography but for their outlook toward what makes baseball America’s greatest (and sadly no longer favorite) sport.

    I don’t follow baseball but enjoy watching it. My views on the sport mirror George Carlin’s comparison between baseball and football. I follow the World Series. I was rooting for the Indians simply because I have enjoyed all my visits to the town. Never been to Chicago but had a girlfriend from there that did me wrong. Plus, I only own 3 baseball hats – Yankees, Orioles and Indians. I have these three not because they are my teams but because their regions connect to my life.

    If I had a team though, it would be the 1960-62 Yankees.

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