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World Series

World Series

Date: Oct 21 2003


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Hi Friends!
Baseball is truly a classic American Sport and the World Series (the championships for major league baseball) is always a very exciting time of the year for baseball fans. So far, the World Series this year has been a very memorable event. Not only is this year the 100th anniversary of the World Series, but also two of the final four teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, have special historic significance in the sport of baseball.
These two teams are two of the most important and interesting in major league baseball. They are two of the oldest teams and play in the two oldest baseball stadiums in the US. Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox, opened in 1912, just two years before the Chicago Cubs’ stadium, Wrigley Field. A lot of baseball history has been made at these two stadiums. Many baseball fans were hoping that the Red Sox and the Cubs would play each other in the World Series this year and were very disappointed when both teams lost.
Listen to what John and Miguel have to say about this year’s World Series.


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John:  So dude, are you pumped about the World Series?

Miguel:   Pumped? I don’t think so. I’m not even going to watch it.

John:  Why not?

Miguel:   Well, first of all, I hate the Yankees. They always win. They’re boring. And second of all, I don’t know any of the Florida players.

John:  Yeah. It’s really a drag that both Boston and the Cubs lost. I thought it was going to be a sweet series if they’d been playing against each other.

Miguel:   Totally. That would have been amazing.

John:   Well, I’m still going to watch it. I think the World Series is cool to watch no matter who’s playing. There’s always some drama – and besides, it would be sweet to see the Yankees get upset.

Miguel:   I guess so. When are the games?

John:   I think game one is Saturday, and then the games stretch out over the week.

Miguel:   Well, if it comes down to game seven, I’ll check it out.



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If you live in or visit Boston or Chicago, it’s almost impossible not to get caught up in Red Sox or Cubs fever! Another interesting reason why the Red Sox and the Cubs are such an important part of baseball lore is that both teams believe that a curse has been placed on them to prevent them from winning the World Series. The curse of the Boston Red Sox is known as “The Curse of the Bambino” and dates back to 1920, the year that the Red Sox sold one of the most famous baseball players in history, Babe Ruth, to the New York Yankees. The Red Sox have not won a World Series since 1919.
The Chicago Cubs’ curse is known as “The Curse of the Billygoat” and dates back to the year 1945 when a man who was not allowed to bring his goat into a World Series game that the Cubs were playing in, placed a curse on the team saying that they would never win another World Series. The last time Chicago won the World Series was in 1908.
Even if you don’t believe in the Curse of the Bambino or the Curse of the Billygoat, the fact that the Red Sox and the Cubs were so close to making it to the World Series made this a very exciting anniversary year. So, if the person sitting next to you on the bus this week looks kind of bummed, they just might be a Red Sox or a Cubs fan!
Have a great week!


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