Baseball has symmetry.




Dates matter. Streaks matter. Justice is done.


 


Baseball has symmetry.


Dates matter. Streaks matter. Justice is done.


A batter that strikes out five times one game may deliver the game winning hit the next. If a miss hit blooper lands safely in right field in one at bat, a well hit line drive will be caught for an out the next.


The season opens when winter's chill still lingers in the evening. It doesn't end until the brisk breeze returns to the ballpark.


In between, the long slow trial convicts those who are not able to reach the top. For those able to reach the top, the trial by fire refines them and prepares them for a shot at baseball immortality.


The Chicago Cubs have withered under this pressure 99 times in a row. Not since 1908 have the Cubs won it all.


In 1908, the Grand Canyon National Monument was dedicated, William Howard Taft defeated William Jennings Bryan to become U.S. President, and Henry Ford produced the first Model T automobile.


Also one century ago, a man who had never seen a baseball game composed the lyrics and music to Take Me Out to the Ballgame. In the 100 years since its composition, it has come to be regarded as the third most played song in the United States — behind the Star Spangled Banner and Happy Birthday to You.


Jack Norworth saw an advertisement for "Baseball Today - Polo Grounds" during a ride on the New York City subway. It inspired him to compose the song.
However, he didn't see his first baseball game until when Jack Norworth Day was celebrated 68 years ago today at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.


As baseball symmetry would have it, an icon of the game brought the two together.
For a decade, Harry Caray sang the song during the seventh inning stretch at Comiskey Park during Chicago White Sox games.


He brought the tradition with him when he moved to the north side of Chicago and began broadcasting Cubs games.


Known for his passion for the game, huge glasses, and creative pronunciation of players' names, Caray is credited as the first person to publicly sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch at baseball games.


His customized lyrics included "Let me root, root, root for the Cubbies, If they don't win it's a shame."


Now 100 years after the Cubs’ last championship and the composition of the unofficial anthem of the game, the lovable losers have the best record in the game.
Could this be the year the World Series Trophy returns to the north side of Chicago?


Don't discount symmetry.


Just root, root, root for the Cubbies. If they don't win, it'll be a shame.