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The World Series

October 30, 2007

Filed under: event,life — Terry Wohlers @ 17:59

I’m not a big baseball fan, but it was impossible to ignore the Colorado Rockies this October. No one expected the team to go nearly as far as it did. My family and I got caught up in it all and wanted to attend a World Series game, so we did. The Rockies did not do well in the series, but they did almost everything to perfection to get there. In the end, the team was outmatched by the Red Sox, a ball club that has been playing the sport for 106 years, compared to 16 years for the Rockies.

The “World Series” name has bothered me for some time and it was even on my mind when we attended Game 4 Sunday night. I’ve often wondered how the rest of the world feels about the name, given that it doesn’t involve any teams outside North America. What right do we have calling it a world event when only our small corner of the world is involved? To answer the question, you need to do a little research, which I did.

The World Series was launched in 1903 and has been an annual event ever since, except for 1904 and 1994, according to Wikipedia. Near the beginning, North America—particularly the U.S. —was the only region of the world where highly skilled baseball was played. In fact, professional baseball was found only in the U.S. for decades into the 20th century. The World Series name, more or less, accurately reflected the championship playoff and it became deeply engrained over time.

Should the name be changed because other countries now play the sport at the professional level? That’s not for me to argue. I do know that changing a name of this magnitude is not likely to happen. In fact, I’ve never heard it discussed in any public forum. So, for those of you outside North America, I hope you can tolerate this grandiose name that we fling around. And, I hope you now better understand why we call it the World Series. I certainly do.