Thursday, April 12, 2007
Just A Reminder
Before anyone goes jumping off The Duke Ellington Bridge overlooking Rock Creek Park concerning the poor start by Our Washington Nationals, here's some food for thought. Since the Very First World Series in 1903, only 21 current Major League Franchises have won the Championship of Baseball. 101 World Series have been played to date.
If you remove The New York Yankees 26 Championships, The St. Louis Cardinals winning 10, and the combined Philadelphia/Oakland Athletics 9 Titles, only 56 other times in THE HISTORY OF THE GAME has another Major League Franchise Won The World Series.
Of course, there are a handful more Franchises that had success winning more than a few of Baseball's Championships. The Boston Red Sox & The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers 6 times, The Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants (yes, I am writing New York Giants) have won 5 titles apiece. That's 27 more Titles, leaving just 29 World Series Champions shared among the remaining 23 Cities that field a Major League Club today.
Then, when you subtract 4 Titles by The Detroit Tigers, 3 each by The Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins & Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves Franchises--only 13 World Series Titles are shared among all other Major League Teams--19 Franchises in all.
NINE FRANCHISES HAVE NEVER WON THE WORLD SERIES!! Never!!
Those Nine Teams include MY LONG LOST WASHINGTON SENATORS, NOW TEXAS RANGERS.
Folks--ITS HARD TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES, it takes commitment, and a little luck (Ask The Florida Marlins). There might not be crying in baseball, but a whole lot of Baseball Fans across America, have sorrowed over their teams misfortunes and ineptitude's for decades, even for 100 years, more so than we have in just a little over 2 years since Major League Baseball returned to Washington, DC.
The San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs HAVE NEVER WON THE WORLD SERIES IN MY LIFETIME!! All 47 years of it. That's remarkable. Now those are some fans that can rightfully show some serious angst.
No One Major League Team is going to WIN THE WORLD SERIES every year. And, NO ONE MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM is going to be The Door Mat forever (although The Kansas City Royals have tried for that illustrious title--and I have never considered Tampa Bay a Major League Franchise, yet).
But, Our Day for Our Washington Nationals will come. Its certainly not happening in 2007. Rest assured, fans in Kansas City, Texas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and DEFINITELY--San Francisco have felt far more pain than we have, or might experience this 2007 Championship Season. Many in those cities have lost all hope, fearing a World Series Title my NEVER COME.
I have not lost hope for Our Washington Nationals. And, I hope you haven't either.
This is Year Three of Baseball's return to The Nation's Capital. It may be a rough year, but at least Major League Baseball is here-TO STAY. And, not in Charlotte, Norfolk, Portland or Las Vegas or some other less deserving town.
This team is Our Washington Nationals. Guaranteed, The Nats will give us far more sorrow and pain than blissful joy of success over the upcoming history of this franchise. That's the nature of Baseball, IN EVERY CITY IN AMERICA, not just in DC. Venting over your team is one of the treasured aspects of being a fan. In fact, I would say that passion vented is what makes BEING A FAN so special.
Eventually, Our Washington Nationals will win The World Series (Hopefully before I am no longer walking this earth).
Through it all, both good and bad, I will still enjoy their presence in my hometown.