There is something going on in baseball that is truly amazing. After pulling out a tight game five last night, the Mets will advance to the NLCS to face the Cubs. Think about that… The team that has spent most of its existence as the redheaded stepchild of the mighty Yankees will face the team that has not sniffed a championship in well over a century and whose fans believe the team is cursed for the right to go to the World Series. This will not be longest post I write, but it will be my favorite. I am writing this not as an analyst or predictor, but as a fan. At my core, that is what I am.
Across sports, many franchises either have horrendous overall histories or are currently in really tough 8-15 year stretches. The Raiders, Brewers, Chiefs, Lions, Vikings, Browns, Wizards, Clippers, and Twins all fall under at least one of these two umbrellas. In some cases, both are applicable. The two teams from my hometown can be added to this discussion as well. You have the Bengals, who have never won a Super Bowl and are winless in the playoffs since 1990, and the Reds who have never recaptured their glory days of the 1970s. Despite winning it all in 1990, they have been a below .500 team for most of the last 20 years. They were tantalizingly close to building something special 3 to 5 years ago, but got impatient, blew it up, and are now back to being a grease fire.
The two teams who will play to represent the National League in the World Series fit the description in the last paragraph as well as any two franchises in all sports. I see it all the time. Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Yankees, and Red Sox fans coming out of the woodwork. My point? If you have spent years rooting for a bad team who breaks your heart time and time again, do not change your colors and move to the front of the line now. Stick it out, because if the Cubs and Mets can play for trip to the World Series, every sports franchise and fan will have their day in the sun. No one knows when, but it will happen. Even the New Orleans Saints whose fans invented the concept of covering their faces with paper bags have won a Super Bowl in the last ten years. So, all sports fans should stick with their teams through thick and thin, because someday your team will be on top. For the record, I like the Cubs to reach the World Series in 6 games.