The World Series has brought out the Worst of the Cubs and White Sox fanbases. I had someone on social media tell me to Fuck Off when I pointed out that the majority of the White Sox and Red Sox fan bases were not alive when their teams had won the World Series prior to ending their drought and that the same goes for the Indians fan base.
I have also been told I am on crack for stating an opinion about the White Sox and Cubs fan bases, and set off a maelstrom on my personal Facebook page that the last two home runs at Wrigley Field in the World Series were hit by a Member of the Tribe, Hank Greenberg (Jews are frequently referred to as a member of the tribe) of the Tigers in 1945 and Carlos Santana of the Indians this season.
I have had a lot of fun with many of my friends in the World Series who are Cubs fans with banter back and forth. This Facebook post completely gets it.
"Interesting seeing different people's reactions to the Cubs in the World Series. I have and always will be a Cubs fan. Ryne Sandberg was probably my first sports "crush". I have always said generally baseball is a sport I prefer to watch live or in a social setting, like with a group, at a bar or the like. The energy at Wrigley, in my mind cannot be beat. However the playoffs and this World Series is special, even though it is not going our way so far. What I always find interesting is people talking about bandwagon fans. I am not sure what is wrong with getting wrapped up in the excitement of something like a city's sports team that you usually do not pay much attention to when they make it to a big playoff. If those people then say nasty things about that team if they do not win, that is pretty crappy. Being a poor sport, calling people names, demeaning people, especially people you call your friends, because they do not cheer for the same team as you in any way other than a playful rivalry, that I think is pretty bad. Being a bandwagon fan, not so much. I say come on and cheer for the team. Have fun, enjoy the ride. Just don't be an a$$hole!"
There is never a need to get nasty or misspell another team's name. I have seen Scrubs, Flubs and Sux all over social media. No matter who you want to win the election and the World Series, treat each other with respect.
If anyone has done so here on my page, I delete the comments. It used to be that rivalry was good for sports. Some good natured ribbing never hurt anyone.
I had one friend who has been through a lot that I have not seen in person in almost 30 years that has been incredibly supportive but said something out of character that she regretted and apologized afterward. That's what a compassionate adult does.
It's been an interesting journey to the election and the World Series. People have become more concerned with who someone is voting for or who they are rooting for or against than treating each other with respect. In his book 11 rings: the Soul Of Success Phil Jackson talks about the journey being more important that the destination. Our teams winning is fun and makes us happy, but far more important is who we shared them with and how that made us feel.
Phil Jackson, 11 Rings: The Soul of Success "That's why at the start of every season I encouraged the players to focus on rather than the goal. What matters most ifs playing the game the right way is having the courage to grow as human beings as well as basketball players. When you do that the ring takes care of itself."
Jackson's quote is relatable far beyond sports. A huge part of growing as a human being is treating each other with respect. There is one game left in the World Series and less than a week left in the campaign until the election occurs. As a society, we need to respect each other's differences and be able to co-exist in spite of them.
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