Athletic Voice: Baseball summer bummer


The World Series was great for fans of the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets and the casual baseball watcher, but to those with strong allegiances to other teams, there are mixed feelings.

The Royals are the 2015 World Series Champions as they were able to close up the series in five games against the Mets.

You can imagine the hysteria in Kansas City as their hometown team was able to bring the trophy with 30 flagpoles back home. In contrast, despondent Mets fans in Flushing and Queens were reminded they’re second place to the New York Yankees in NYC’s baseball hierarchy.

Gabe Nyrkkanen, Pima Community College program specialist for Access and Disability Resources is a Detroit Tigers fan.

“I am happy for the Royals,” he said. “They haven’t won a World Series since ’85 and the Mets since ’86 so I would have been happy for either team and their city’s and fans, but it’s bittersweet because my Tigers weren’t there.”

He also sees the Royals’ win as motivation for the Tigers, who are in the same division.

I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and I was pissed that the Dodgers did not win or even go to the Series.

The Dodgers spent a Major League Baseball record high $310 million on team payroll for new and current players in exchange for the promise of a championship.

The Dodgers haven’t been to the World Series since the 1988 film “Cocktail,” starring Tom Cruise, was in theaters. After that, it’s all just been failed attempts.

What hurts the most for Dodgers fans is that our rival to the north, the San Francisco Giants, have been winning World Series with what seems almost no effort. It’s a shame since we are able to dominate them during the regular season. I only watched one Series game, the last one, as I wished for the season to end.

There are both optimistic fans and cynical fans as the season comes to an end and all we can do now is talk about the upcoming season as we wait for the first pitch of Opening Day.

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