As you may or may not know, I spent the majority of last Spring getting into baseball. I watched Ken Burn’s Baseball, I read Jose Canseco’s absolutely riveting biography, and I even went to a couple of games last year.
Unfortunately, my truncated attention span only allowed me to follow the sport through mid-June, at which point I started preparing for Halloween.
But, in spite of my failure to follow a team through an entire season, something stuck. I’ve dug up my baseball. I started wearing my hat again. I began to poke around through the news and playing catch-up (What happened to Bobby Valentine? Who’s Stephen Drew? Why is Kelly Shoppach playing for the Mets now?). It’s starting again.
But this year, I decided to make a small change. I won’t just be following the Red Sox. Because, after all, if I had trouble following one team, I obviously need to up the ante. This year, I want to follow a National League team as well. Not in a serious, die-hard way, but in a more loose, easy going way. I won’t get busted up if I miss their games. I won’t go crazy if they lose all the time. Just a little something extra on the side when the Sox aren’t playing.
After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that the team that I absolutely should follow is, of course, the Chicago Cubs. I’m looking forward to next season!
Go Red Sox! (And Cubs)