EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Marlins/Yankees series a downer
What the Shuk?
The World Series is underway - it's the time of year when
Major League Baseball fans should be rapt with anticipation.
Instead, however, this year's Series is more anti-climactic
than the credits of a Ron Jeremy film.
Any real baseball fan would tell you the dream World Series
was the Chicago Cubs against the Boston Red Sox. The Curse
of the Billy Goat vs. the Curse of the Bambino. Ninety five
years of futility vs. 85 years of futility, thus guaranteeing
one lucky group of fans would be the first generation since
their grandparents to see their team win the championship.
Instead, the World Series is the New York Yankees against
the Florida Marlins, just about the least appealing match-up
So this is why it sometimes sucks Vince McMahon doesn't run
MLB and we're left with the unfeeling, unpredictability of
real sports. Instead of a battle between two classic underdogs,
we're left with Florida (who can't even sell out their stadium
and in their 11 years as a franchise, have already won a Series)
and the New York Fucking Yankees, baseball's answer to the
New York is a living example as to why baseball needs a hard
salary cap, as their payroll exceeds the next highest payroll
in MLB by a baffling $65 million. The playing field is just
not level. Smaller-market teams (like Florida) can sometimes
occasionally put together a one year run, but only New York
can dominate year after year.
The Yankees' presence in the Series just about saps all my
enjoyment. Now we'll have to hear ad nauseam about their 27
world titles, the "Yankee mystique" and their "great
fans" (i.e. either battery-throwing morons or bandwagon-jumping
publicity hounds like Jennifer Lopez). The Red Sox might've
been a bunch of whiners, but they're still preferable to the
soulless Yankee corporation. Cheering for New York is like
cheering for Goliath over David; where's the fun in that?
So, despite my disgust at seeing Florida owner Jeffrey Loria
(the man who buried baseball in Montreal) accepting the Commissioner's
Trophy, I'll still be pulling for the Marlins. It's just a
shame after such a great post season, baseball is stuck with
a World Series that might feature some exciting games, but
will only be celebrated by an undeserving group of fans. Just
like Cubs and Red Sox fans say every October, we'll have to "wait Ôtil