Baseball is dead

indexSpring training is over and the baseball season is just getting underway. The beginning of the MLB season can be exciting. It means warm weather is looming and the NHL and NBA playoffs are right around the corner however,  there’s one catch.  The Cubs and Sox can make you quite miserable the few times that you decide  to pay attention to what the teams are doing.

The Cubs are predicted to have the worst record in the league while the Sox probably won’t have much more success. The summer fans of the cross-town rivals will argue over who sucks less and who will bounce back stronger in 2015 and I don’t want to hear it.

So when my co-host, Eddie Saldana, suggested we dedicate a fourth of our show to preview an even bleaker season than the last, I had to object. Because baseball is important to Chicago and fans in this city and secretly they enjoy torturing themselves, we will include baseball at the bare minimum.

The Cubs have been rebuilding for next year since I can remember and it seems like White Sox fans are not ready to let go of the 2005 World Series.

These are some issues I’d like to address on the Benchwarmers, when it comes to baseball. I want to know the psychological reasoning behind a fan’s loyalty. Cubs fans, when will you give up on Theo Epstein? South Siders, your title was nearly a decade ago… when will it be time to move on and admit both sides suck?

Until  Eddie and I book a psychologist to discuss these issues, we are stuck talking about players that the casual fan will shrug at, hoping one day the big league club calls him up to be the savior and bring Chicago another World Series.

I am not ashamed to say I could care less about the minor leagues and the prospects the Cubs or the Sox might have. I am not interested in who has a possibility of contributing to a consistent winner but unfortunately my dear friend Eddy disagrees.

Baseball is no longer America’s game in my opinion. Americans live a fast paced life. Very rarely does anyone have enough time to sit and enjoy a three-hour baseball game.

The 24-hour news cycle has changed us and the fact that baseball in Chicago is so dismal, doesn’t help the cause.

The real problem with baseball is that it doesn’t resemble the baseball I remember growing up in Chicago.  Games were fun to go to and I dreamed for extra innings.

Before things changed for the worst, there were home run races between Slammin’ Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire. Those were the days that wins and losses didn’t matter to me. More recently, Chicago had a passionate pitcher by the name of Carlos Zambrano, who made watching baseball intriguing. You never knew when the guy was going to erupt.

Yes, the Cubs have up and coming players and the Sox still have Paul Konerko, but neither team has an athlete or figure that could fill up the stands.

Now, because the game is so hard to bare, after the third inning I’m begging for rain, thunder and lightning.  Until the Cubs can put a winning product on the field I will continue to bash the game that very few are trying so desperately to hang onto.

Nader Ihmoud is a co-host on The Benchwarmers Show every Monday night 7-9 p.m, the Media Relations Editor at The Columbia Chronicle and a reporter for Metro Minutes News. You can also ready his weekly column, Ihmoud’s Moods, in The Columbia Chronicle or at http://www.columbiachronicle.com/sports/column/ and visit his professional website at Naderihmoud.virb.com

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