Cubs. Wow. Love it.
It's such an odd experience watching sports live out here in good ole' TLV. We went to bed shortly after 11 pm last night, knowing that if we wanted to see the end of the final World Series game live, we would be setting the alarm for 5 am. Luckily we have a husky who hasn't adjusted to the time change (our clocks fell back an hour last week) so she started stomping around on our bed hungry for breakfast around.... 4:45 AM.
Well we might as well get up and watch history in the making - right??
So instead of watching games with beers in hand, we watch games with bedhead and strong black coffee. Let's just hope our elderly neighbor next door didn't wake up to our screams of despair around 5:30 AM when that two-run homer was hit to tie up the game.
Shortly after the win was secured, we cheers'ed (is that a word?) our coffee mugs and Andrew headed off to work. On the plus side, I got to watch some of the post-game interviews without the nagging thought of "I should probably go to bed now or I'm going to be a zombie tomorrow."
Instead it's more like, "I should probably start my day now, get out of my PJ's and be a productive member of society."
The second oddity is, baseball isn't a thing here. Something I'm slowly realizing (approaching our three month mark) is that one of the things I really love about our good ole' US of A is that overall, we LOVE our sports probably harder than any country (outside of a few soccer-specific mad houses). The overzealous enthusiasm for the game of baseball/football/hockey/soccer/insert favorite sport here is something that's impossible to recreate here - and probably in most countries.
First instinct upon winning was to throw on some red and blue and high five our door man on the way out of the building. But the World Series probably doesn't even translate to anything in Hebrew if I had to guess.
So yeah, it's a little weird.
Not bad, just different, and makes me appreciate our culture in that regard.
And appreciate the fact that we even have the ability to watch the games over here.
Wrapping up - congrats my Cubs fans. You've been waiting 108 years and unless you're a Cleveland fan, there's no way you could watch that game and not smile out of the sheer joy that win just brought that team, the fans, and
And if you're a White Sox fan (like me) I hope you can suppress any negative emotions you may have, if you have any, and just be happy. And if you're a Cleveland fan, I'm sorry. And if you don't even care about baseball and are wondering why you just wasted five minutes reading this - I'll write about food or weather or something next week.
Cheers amigos -