As the dawn of a new baseball season begins, every team enters the spring air with a sense of optimism and hope. Every team is in first place, every team is healthy and strong, and “mathematically” every team has the same chance as any to win the last game of the season. In Chicago, one side of town remembers a championship a decade ago. On the other, the surviving witnesses dwindle to a handful of infants now turned centurions. The 2015 season marks 10 years since the White Sox last hoisted baseball’s greatest prize while the Cubs mark 107 years of falling short. Much has happened since each team called themselves champions. Here’s a comparison and look back on how different the world has become.
The following people have been President since the last time the White Sox won the World Series: George W. Bush & Barrack Obama.
The following people have been President since the last time the Cubs won the World Series: Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush part two, and Barrack Obama. That’s a lot of presidents.
When the White Sox last won the World Series Twitter had not yet been invented.
When the Cubs last won the World Series Lincoln Logs had not yet been invented.
Last time the White Sox won people could not vote in Egypt.
Last time the Cubs won women could not vote.
One of the hit songs in 2005 was Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani.
One of the hit songs in 1908 was You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan.
During game one of the World Series in 2005 the national anthem was sung by Josh Groban.
During game one of the World Series in 1908 the national anthem was sung by… oh wait, America did not have a national anthem yet.
The following people were alive and could have watched the White Sox win the World Series: Justin Bieber, Quvenzhane Wallis, and Meghan Trainor.
The following people were alive and could have watched the Cubs win the World Series: Chief Red Cloud, Mark Twain, and Harriet Tubman (She likes the North Side way better than the South Side.)
Nothing would make me happier as a baseball fan than to have both Chicago teams make it to the World Series. Having the national spotlight on this town, the eyes of the sports world focused squarely on the Windy City, and prove once and for all whose baseball team is superior. Then again, the last time that happened the city almost burned down… again.
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