Chicago Cubs: League pride is on the line
I have nothing against the Houston Astros. I was pulling for them against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Yet when all other things are equal, I’m going to pull for the National League team in the World Series. Though the line dividing the leagues has diminished over the years, especially with the emergence of interleague play, I still consider myself to be a National League fan because that’s where the Chicago Cubs play.
The Nationals are a team that a lot of Chicago Cubs fans have found themselves rooting for. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise when they were the Montreal Expos, and this year they won their first National League pennant. (The Seattle Mariners are now the only MLB team to never win a pennant.) They also gained a lot of supporters from Cubs fandom when they beat the rival Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card game and when they beat up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.
One interesting note about this World Series is that you have Houston, which used to be a National League city, representing the American League, while you have Washington, which used to be an American League city, representing the National League.
Anyway, though I won’t exactly be heartbroken if the Astros win, I’ll be pulling for the Nationals both because I’m a Dave Martinez fan and because I want to see the National League team win. What I’m hoping for above all, however, is a fun and competitive series. As Cubs fans, we should still be excited to watch.