Chicago Cubs: You weren’t expecting to see this guy, were you?
I did warn you that we would need to fill parts of both lovable characters as well as loathsome ones. There are plenty of despicable characters in Game of Thrones, and Cubs fans know a couple of guys who fit that bill.
And, with apologies to Ryan Braun (who I considered for Cersei Lannister as the powerful and dangerous villain every fan loves to hate), the next most hated character on the series has to be Littlefinger. When looking for a guy who could play the slimy, smarmy, arrogant, two-faced, and at times repulsive Littlefinger, we need look no further than our most hated rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.
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While Yadier Molina has been a great catcher and has worked to become a pretty decent hitter, it doesn’t change the fact that he is universally loathed by Cubs’ fans. Mostly, that semi-hatred stems from the fact that he has been in a thorn in our sides and plays for a team who has enjoyed a lot of luck and success; however, as we know all too well, everyone’s luck runs out eventually, and you can’t cheat Father Time (or the Starks) forever.
With Kyle Schwarber‘s mammoth scoreboard bomb in the 2015 NL Division Series, the Cubs sent a message to their older brother on the Senior Circuit that they had finally had enough of the bullying and getting beaten up. The Cubs took out the Cards, and Molina became an afterthought because he was no longer all that relevant, and certainly wasn’t all that dangerous (let’s hope the 2018-2019 offseason doesn’t serve to breathe new life into the Cards).
Whether it’s getting caught in lies or having balls stick to pine tar on his chest protector, Littlefinger and Molina both know a thing or two about getting caught in a sticky situation. Unfortunately, for Littlefinger, he crossed the Stark family (and specifically the girls) one too many times and Arya dispatched him in much the same way the Cards have been dispatched since Joe Maddon took over in 2015.