As a Cardinal’s fan, it’s so much fun to hate the Cubs. But I’m having a hard time really getting revved up for the rivalry games between the two. Is there a REAL hatred there? Or is it just tradition. I grew up with the mantra of Cubs=bad.
While I love the games, I have a hard time appreciating this rivalry. The Cardinals ream supreme while the Cubs play the rebuilding underdog. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember for the most part. Wheres the fun? Drama? A competitive rivalry is the most juicy and emotional.
I REALLY hated the Brewers in 2011. The taunting and “Tony Plush” alter ego made the Cardinals beating them in the NLCS the most rewarding moment of that year, besides the championship. The Reds are an easy team to hate on. The Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto poster boys for that organization make me pull my hair out.
I’m leaving Joey Votto out of this as I actually like him.
The Reds-Cards rivalry is a dramatic one but is it a TRUE one? This rivalry was fueled by the immaturity of the Reds and the natural selection of the 2 top dogs in the NL. A COMPETITIVE rivalry but is it a HISTORIC one? I guess I’m trying to say that competitive rivalries each year are the most rewarding and exciting. But historic ones are the TRUE rivalries. This competitive team may change from year to year but we still hate ’em. Again, this year, it’s the Reds.
The Cubs-Cards matches are still fun, but they’re not tense. It won’t affect the standing like the Yankees-Sox ones always do. Tradition is most important to baseball and if that’s all that is backing this brawl, then I guess that’s good enough for me.