“Everything that has a beginning has an end.”
In 2004 the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, broke an 86-year streak of losing, and ended the “Curse of the Bambino.” In 2005, the Chicago White Sox won their first World Series since 1917 and the “Black Sox Scandal” of 1919 when they supposedly fixed the World Series.
You already know where I’m going with this, don’t you?
The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, and this year seems like it is finally going to be the year the curse is lifted.
The journey of Cubs to the World Series is the final great story of baseball. People have been waiting for the Cubs to win the World Series for over 100 years. But look at how the rest of the world has been moving in regard to the sports. Sports like basketball, mixed martial arts, football and soccer are booming all over the world and in the U.S.
What’s the difference between those sports and baseball? A lot of movement and a lot of high energy.
Every NFL, NBA or professional soccer game that is played could provide highlights that can appeal to the younger generation. Each of these sport has a few types of special plays that can happen multiple times: alley-oop dunks, touchdown runs and roundhouse kicks.
Baseball may not lack highlights, but most of the time, games last for hours and hours with a minimal amount of action. Of course, you will get the occasional home run or diving catch in the outfield, but how often do those things happen per game?
That brings me to another problem with baseball in today’s society: it takes too long for having so little action. According to Fox Sports, the average length of an MLB game in the 2015 season was 2 hours and 56 minutes. In addition, for the same season, that no team averaged more than 10 hits per game, and only 8 teams average more than 9 hits per game, according to Sporting Charts.
Do the math. That means less than 27 percent of all MLB teams averaged less than one hit per inning. That is an insanely low number. That could alienate a large portion of the younger audiences who are not interested in such long games that have such a limited amount of action.
Baseball has no place at the top of the food chain because of the social media age in which people want to be entertained instantly. It is sad to me because baseball is an intellectual game full of interesting statistics and amazing stories.
The Cubs’ journey for a World Series title is the last great baseball because of how long it has been since they have last been on top of the baseball world.
People are interested in the Cubs’ journey because of how ridiculous it is that they have not won a championship since 1908. They are the ultimate underdog fighting against impossible odds that have kept them down for years.
Perhaps, it has been the Cubs’ struggle that has kept baseball alive.
—Sam Nichols, Staff Writer