A Child Is Born: The Cubs/Cards Debate

Caleb Ryan 1 day old.jpgWhoo wee!  The Democratic National Convention is in full stride!  How about that Michelle Obama speech!?!  Smart lady; but she didn’t say anything I (a card carrying Dem) hadn’t already heard, so I’m going to skip the commentary all together (just for today) and get right to what’s going on:

I’m an uncle!

Again, yes, my sisters are having kids like crazy.  But let me tell you, dear readers, this child’s birth has much more at stake than usual.  Depending on how you look at it, the impact of my young nephew’s entry into the world is paramount.  You see, Caleb Ryan (that’s his name) is the son of my sister (a devout Cardinal fan) and my brother-in-law (a die hard Cub fan).  Indeed, Caleb Ryan’s fandom future is of the utmost concern.

If he is to be a Cubs fan, he will offend his mother (not to mention me and the rest of our big, bad, Cardinal family).

If he is to be a Cardinals fan, he will offend his father (who could easily take me in a fight, not to mention the rest of his Cubby crew family who could also probably take me in a fight — each of them, one by one, until the end of time).

Caleb’s choice will not be easy.  An entire genetic line awaits his decision.  And so I cringe at what I feel is already the inevitable.

For his father is a Cubs fan and the father has the most influence in this decision, right?

My sister, though devoted in her Cardinal Nation following, still probably couldn’t name anyone on the team except Albert Pujols (because he’s Pujols) and Adam Wainwright (because according to her, he’s “super cute”).

On the other hand, my brother-in-law is a force of baseball trivia — a man who knows the game (and his team) inside and out — one who probably would never allow the birds-on-the-bat to be displayed across his young son’s chest.

After much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I am, at last, okay with that.  Because if my sister and her husband have proven anything during their four year marriage, it is that their relationship is the ultimate paragon of compromise: they give and take, stretch and lean, move in tandem up-and-down and side-to-side, always staying in tune with one another through thick and thin (and any other cheesy cliche you can think of).  To put it in perspective, folks, their license plate reads: CUBNLS.

For this, they have my highest respect.  So too does their child: Caleb Ryan.

Caleb 003.jpgAs you can see, this kid is so cute that even if he decides he’d rather root for the Northsiders regardless of how sick it might make me, he will always have my heart.

And that, dear readers, until the end of time will always be worth more than any game, any city, any rivalry — ever.

I know it’s asking a lot of my new nephew, but I sure hope he doesn’t hate me… at least not ‘cuz I’m right. 




  1. mlung@hotmail.com

    Very touching and from the heart. Maybe Baba can tilt his decision some, only time will tell. For once we don’t have to hate you cause you are right, (JUST THIS ONE TIME)

  2. cubsjunkie2

    Let’s hope he’s a Cubs fan!! My cousin is a Sox fan and her boiyfriend is a Cubs fan… they’re both HUGE fans and their future children are in trouble. Congrats though!


  3. redstatebluestate

    Thanks for the comments, all. I think it would be really funny if he became a fan of another team entirely. They live in the Houston area so there’s always a chance he’d be an Astros fan, though that would bother me more than the Cub thing. The Astros? It just would not be right.

  4. krisv

    we could always put a little Sox uni on him and make him a southsider… I’ll buy, hey, I’m even near Houston, it’s a real possibility! 🙂

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