As a lifelong Cubs fan, I relish ridiculing that team 300 miles to the south. You know, the one with eleven World Series titles. Sadly, there’s not very much to make fun these days. I suffered through every pitch of the World Series, only to see them come back from being down to their final strike against the Rangers in Game 6, and win it all.
Then, we Cubs fans had to be tortured by seeing them win on Opening Night against the Miami Marlins, with Kyle Lohse taking a no hitter into the 7th inning. Even our favorite Cardinal, Ryan Theriot, has taken his major league-leading TOOTBLAN numbers to another team.
As I tweeted last night, “My personal hell continues.”
But Twitter Thursday isn’t about my tweets, my friends. It’s about those of the athletes we feel just a little bit closer to when they fire up the old Twitter machine. Thankfully, one of Aerys’s resident St. Louis Cardinals fans dug up this gem of a tweet on Opening Night Eve from Cardinals closer, Jason Motte. This could have just as easily been tomorrow’s Friday Fail candidate, but we’ll save something else juicy for you.
Before we all start typing “FACEPALM” and “smh”, let’s look at the possibilities here. There has to be a rational explanation for this discussion in the clubhouse, right?
Maybe The Hunger Games was actually based on the 2011 MLB postseason. Eight teams offered up their best rosters to slaughter each other, to fight for honor and riches, broadcast live on television screens across the country. The Cardinals may not have been the favorite among the Career tributes, but the odds were ever in their favor. Maybe the rally squirrel was really an MLB-created muttation, thrown into the Series by Commissioner Selig to stop an underdog district, whose most well-known tribute battles an addiction with alcohol, from winning their first Games.
As President Snow says to Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane in the film, “A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous.” I don’t think he’s a Cubs fan.