The 26-Time World Champion New York Yankees christened their shiny new stadium with a 10-2 shellacking at the hands of the Indians. And that’s cool, you know, that they lost.
If you follow the news, they’ll probably focus more on that first part, how the Yankees have their glamorous new yard and the history they brought with it. It really makes you think about how teams, fans and venues all coexist. Consider the Yankees, Yankee Stadium, world championships, unrivaled organizational achievements, the most demanding fans in the world; amazing how you can remove that second element of the equation and yet the other four carry on unabated.
So when the fans of Chicago’s supposed historic North Side ballclub get up in arms about Wrigley Field and its vaunted history, you have to ask: just what are these people clinging to? If the Yankees, the true definition of a winner, can knock down the ballpark that brought home literally dozens of trophies and hosted more important games than any other venue in America without blinking, what exactly are those Cub fans so afraid of? Losing the site of all those magical postseasons? The championships trophies hoisted over the heads of North Side heroes like Mark Prior and Sammy Sosa?
Of course not, and we all know the answer. Take away the weeds on the outfield wall, the urine, the blatant racism of the world’s greatest fans, the collapses, the bust prospects, the revisionist history, the false idols and self-delusion and what are you left with? A 95-year-old dirt pile leaning on a 101-year-old brick in a perpetual race to be the first to collapse.
Yeah. I’d root for the ballpark too.