Last month reports surfaced regarding the intriguing nature of Major League Baseball potentially involving the Chicago Cubs as one team to represent the league in a London series. If this is to become a reality, it sounds like the team is one-hundred percent on board.
It began over two decades ago. Major League Baseball became the trendsetters for the incorporation of regular season professional sports outside of North America. The year was 1996. In front of a crowd of almost 24,000 spectators, the San Diego Padres defeated the New York Mets by a score of 15-10, in a regular season game which took place in Monterrey, Mexico.
The three-game series set an idea in a motion of which to gain high profit. All professional sports leagues had to do was to travel outside the constraints of the United States. Following a single game in Monterrey in 1999, our beloved Cubbies went to the Tokyo Dome in Japan for a two-game series versus the New York Mets the following season.
From there on out it became a regular occurrence for MLB every four years or so. Last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres faced off in Monterrey for a three-game set. This season, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics are scheduled to kick off the regular season the week before Opening Day here stateside, in a two-game set in Tokyo.
If that isn’t enough, the world champion Boston Red Sox will be headed to London this season to face the New York Yankees in a two-game series. Now, MLB is considering additional series in London, and the Cubs are chomping at the bit wishing to receive the opportunity.