16 August 2005

Cubs get no respect

Respect WrigleyChristian sports blogger Tim Ellsworth chronicles his day at Wrigley and seizes the opportunity to act like—well, a Cardinals fan.

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11 comments:

Steve said...

Blessed are the Chicago Cub fans,
For theirs is a history of agony.
Blessed are they who mourn,
Defeat after defeat after defeat.
Blessed are the meek
Who endure week after week after week.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for a World Series,
For someday—SOMEDAY—they shall be filled.
Blessed are the Cubs’ faithful
For they shall obtain sympathy.
Blessed is their purity of heart,
For they are not fair-weather fans.
Blessed are the season ticketholders
For they shall be called true sons of Chicago.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for faithfulness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of Wrigley.
Blessed are you when sportswriters revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you at your expense. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for you’ve won the appreciation of your players like no other team has.®

--Steve M.

ThirstyDavid said...

Just so you know, the 'david' spamming you above is not me. Guess I changed my username just in time.

Besides, I disagree. A Russian mail-order bride could never match the one I found in Wisconsin. And just think of the postage...

Jeremy said...

Tim does leave a lot to be desired in his "complimentary" exposé on Cubs fans. To be honest... he has no idea of what it is like or what it means to be a Cubs fan, nor will he ever.

Cardinal's fans are bandwagoners to be honest. Look at how many fans "showed up" following there short (sweep) trip to the World Series. However the Cubs have an much larger fan base, who will stick with them through every Goat-Curse and Bartman-Ball. Let's see the Cardnials go 60 years without a visit to to the World Series and see how many fans they have and even if they are in St. Louis - I doubt it.

Let's also look at the stadiums - at least the Cubs have history and class behind their stadium, and not some retro-cookie cutter of a ball field. I mean, there isn't even a such thing as a "bleacher bum" at Busch Stadium. Why you ask?? Because they don't even have bleachers!

So puuuhhhleeesseee don't tell me the Cardnials have better fans, and a better city.

Tim Ellsworth said...

Who suggested my article was supposed to be "complimentary" to Cubs fans? I'm a Cardinals fan, dude. What do you expect?

Bill said...

As someone who just moved back to God's Country (ie. the St. Louis area), I can say that it's a breath of fresh air to be out of range of Cub fans again. As a (former) resident of central IL, I had to deal with the incessant whine of "wait 'til next year" from the fans who unbelieveably continue to support a team that is listed in the dictionary under "hopeless".

Jeremy said: Let's see the Cardnials go 60 years without a visit to to the World Series and see how many fans they have and even if they are in St. Louis - I doubt it. Yes, that's true. St. Louis fans have a little more sense than that.

Jeremy also said: Because they don't even have bleachers! Guess you've never been to Busch Stadium, my friend. There are bleachers in both left and right field. But I can say that we do NOT have people who pay to watch a game from on top of a house...

And, he said Look at how many fans "showed up" following there short (sweep) trip to the World Series. Gee, I don't recall seeing any Cubs players at the World Series, or at ANY World Series since the Stone Age, during which time the Cardinals have appeared many, many times. And if you will look at attendance figures for the past dozen seasons or so, you will see a consistent attendance total of more than 3M fans per year - one of the largest counts in the majors.

I'll grant you one thing - Chicago is a much more interesting city than St. Louis. But when it comes to baseball fans, St. Louis has, at the least, some of the most knowledgeable and most intelligent fans in baseball. As far as Cubs fans are concerned - to stick with a team that simply is incapable of winning is, well - I can't even describe it...perhaps "masochistic" is the right term.

SoccerReformer said...

My favorite Cub as a kid was Ferguson Jenkins, a great pitcher. The lineup in those days (early 70s) included Billy Williams, Glenn Beckert, Ron Santo, Don Kessinger, Randy Hundley and Jim Hickman. Pitchers were Fergie, Bill Hands, Milt Pappas and reliever Phil Regan. That's still my favorite baseball team of all time and if I recall correctly, there were 2nd or 3rd in the NL East 5 years in a row (69-73). Maybe that's fuzzy memory but they were in contention every year and every August they would swooon.

Kind of like this year - but we never give up.

Steve said...

I'm the Steve McCoy, Cubs fan in the article. And though Tim is a great guy and a friend, he is ridiculously cardni-centric. I'm praying for him, as should all readers.

Tim Ellsworth said...

Thanks, Steve. I need all I can get.

But that raises an interesting theological question: Does God hear the prayers of Cubs fans???

Hmm...

Jeremy said...

Bill (or anyone else I was "rude" too)... glad you are back by your own team... my wife said I was rude to you... if so, please forgive me. She also probably said that beause she is a Cardinals fan herself. Anyway I like the rivalry, it's a lot better than hearing about the BoSox and the Yankees... and a lot more civil. At least our players don't toss old men to the ground!

BTW - since the Cubs are all but mathematically eliminated, I am picking the Cards to win the Series in 6 this year. BUT WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!

Go Cubs.

Sled Dog said...

I got MLB (I.E. egotistical players, steroids, ridiculous salaries, even more ridiculous ticket prices)out of my system when the city of Lake Elsinore, CA built a beautiful stadium for the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm. I discovered affordable tickets ($5.00) for seats behind home plate, players who played aggresively and were part of the community, and an easy 10 minute drive from my house with literally no traffic. I've only been to one MLB since (that was in 1994). I went to a Padres game at the Murph and felt a mile away from the action and spent a ton on parking.
Now I'm in Sacramento, home of the AAA Rivercats.

Bill said...

Jeremy said: Bill (or anyone else I was "rude" too)... glad you are back by your own team... my wife said I was rude to you... if so, please forgive me. She also probably said that beause she is a Cardinals fan herself.

Thanks. I've heard far, far ruder things from my former fellow central Illinoians, so I took no real offense at your comments! :-) Re: your wife - at least she wasn't a Royals fan during the 1985 World Series like mine was. That was a near-divorce experience...