In 1881 the future National League wanted to upgrade its image and target a more upscale fan base by doubling ticket prices, banning gambling, and outlawing alcohol sales. Several team owners who happened to be brewers refused to accept the new rules and banded together to form what would eventually become the American League. The National League attempted to discredit the new league by dubbing it the Beer and Whiskey League. This, of course only made the new league more popular. Duh!

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Left Field Sucks

Yesterday's game between the White Sox and Rangers was played in Arlington, Texas.  In the first inning, Sox left fielder Carlos Lee hit a home run into the left field seats.  A fan immediately picked up the home run ball and threw it back onto the field.  As I witnessed this, I thought, "What is this idiot doing?  Does he think this is Wrigley Field or something?"  And, lo and behold, the camera returned to the fan in question to reveal that he was indeed wearing a Cubs jersey.  At a White Sox-Rangers game.  In Arlington, Texas. 
 
Folks, if you really think that "Wrigleyville" (what the Chicago Tribune is quick to refer to as "Lakeview" when, say, there is a murder outside the ballpark) is a cool neighborhood, then by all means move there.  But until you can save up the money to make the big move, please keep your silly Cubs traditions to yourselves. 

(For those of you not familiar, another one of those "great Cubs traditions" is the bleachers shouting back and forth at each other, "left field sucks/right field sucks," hence the title of this post; take a sample of some of the great minds that help propel such traditions by clicking here.  Incidentally, Albert Pujols, the subject of the heckling guide alluded to in the previous sentence, today went 5-for5 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI).