Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 23, 2013

Today The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast looks at Chicago… a big market city that certainly isn’t acting like one with their baseball teams.

Both stink. The White Sox have hope. The Cubs have a long term rebuilding… REALLY long term.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 23, 2013

Before Bartman there was Glenn Close

Yeah, I’m writing about The Natural again.
Sue me.

Remember the great scene when Roy Hobbs is in a huge slump and heads to Chicago? Glenn Close, who played his childhood sweetheart stands up in the crowd. Roy sees her, with the sun behind her creating a halo effect.
Then he hit a home run right through the clock in the centerfield fence and the Knights went on a big winning streak.
It’s a great scene in a great movie.
But it doesn’t take into account that Glenn Close was a Chicago fan who helped the Cubs lose AT Wrigley Field.

She was the Steve Bartman of The Natural!
If she sat her butt down and didn’t have her hat become a halo and remind Roy Hobbs of the promise of his youth and the purity of his natural abilities then he probably would have struck out and the Cubs would have won.
Remember The Natural takes place in 1939, a year AFTER the Cubs won the pennant. Now I grant you I can’t take the time line TOO literally. There was no team called the Knights. (I wondered if there was a team called the Giants in The Natural‘s universe.)
But if the Cubs won the pennant that year, who knows? Maybe in the The Natural‘s universe they could have won the World Series and in that parallel existence there would be no Curse of the Billy Goat.
Would Cub fans turn on Glenn Close as they turned on as they turned on Bartman?
Would some Cub fans boil a rabbit on HER stove?
Of course they shouldn’t blame HER. It was the pitcher who let up a meat ball of a pitch to Roy Hobbs!
But then again, they shouldn’t have blamed Bartman either.
Enjoy the scene from the movie…

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Good news and bad new for Kosuke Fukudome

The good news is you have left a team whose fan base is fatalistic and paranoid that they will never see a championship in their life time.

The bad news is… you are going to Cleveland. Their fans are kinda sorta depressed.

Just a heads up.

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