By Garrett Aleckson —
To start, I have to tell you all something. I have been a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals for as long as I can remember. My dad and his dad were both Cardinals fans.
Now, if you’re not a Cardinals fan, you have likely judged me for my choice in teams. You might take satisfaction in knowing that the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs.
The Cardinals lost to the Chicago Cubs. If I had remembered that “Back to the Future II” predicted that the Cubs were going to win the World Series, I might not have gotten my hopes up. I could have been mildly okay with losing to the Cubs. After all, we were told it would happen in 1989.
Well, “Back to the Future II” was incorrect. The New York Mets defeated the Cubs. I can’t even take solace in the Cardinals losing to the team that was predicted to win 26 years ago. Now, I have to come to terms with the fact that the Cubs were the better team in that series.
Now the Mets are heading to the World Series for the first time in 15 years. The World Series will feature teams that not many students on campus are fans of. But it’s America’s pastime, so let’s see whom some students are cheering for.
Junior, Hannah Fendt is a Chicago Cubs fan and has been one for a while.
“I’ve been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember. I think my love for the Cubs became even stronger after my first game at Wrigley. It was unlike any sports experience I have had in my life. Ever since then I have been a huge fan,” said Fendt.
She was nervous entering the playoffs, but she still had plenty of faith in them.
“They are my team, so you have to be optimistic. Plus, I have always hated the Cardinals and I hoped that the Cubs would destroy them,” she said.
Since the Cubs lost, Fendt won’t be cheering for any team in the World Series, saying, “I am completely devoted to cheering for my team, and my team only!”
Senior Sam Ripp chose to cheer for the Cubs and Blue Jays when the playoffs started. Since they’re both out, he’ll cheer for the Mets, saying, “Bryce Harper is my favorite player.” Ripp decided that he was rooting for the Mets because Harper’s team the Washington Nationals didn’t make it.
Ripp thinks the Mets have a good chance to win the World Series.
Senior Troy Mengel started cheering for the Cubs because of “Back to the Future II.” He’ll cheer for the Mets now, even though he is unsure of their chances.
“I like the players Curtis Granderson and David Wright. But I do not really have a lot of confidence that the Mets will win. I think the Kansas City Royals are overall a better team,” he said.
How do their predictions compare to the Stoutonia sports staff?
Stephen Eibes, Sports Editor for Stoutonia, likes the Mets in the World Series.
“I think the Mets will win the whole thing. They have one of the best starting pitching rotations in the entire league. Don’t forget what Jacob deGrom did in the All-Star Game. Striking out the side in just ten pitches. That’s just crazy,” said Eibes.
As for me, I think the Mets, with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard, have three great starting pitchers that will slow down the Royals’ offense. And with Daniel Murphy on fire, I like their chances.