What if you gave a World Series and didn't invite the rest of the world? That would be rude, right? But that’s what happens every year when Major League Baseball hosts its annual World Series baseball championship: Only teams from North America are allowed to play.
What the heck is up with that?!
The answer? Blame the media! Before 1903, the baseball championships were officially titled "The Championship of the United States," but newspapers started calling the winners "World Champions." Before long everyone was calling it the "World Series" – even though only American teams participated. "But wait a minute," you say. "The Toronto Blue Jays won back to back World Series in 1992 and 1993. They're Canadian!" And we say, "Big whoop. Canada is practically America's 51st state."
And by the way, the urban myth that it's called the World Series because it was originally created and sponsored by the New York World newspaper turns out to be - well, just an urban myth, at least according to those well-known killjoys at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
We say that it shouldn't be called the World Series until you open it up to teams from all over the world. Okay, okay! We grudgingly acknowledge that there are players from at least 13 other countries currently playing Major League baseball - Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Netherlands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Australia, Colombia and Venezuela. But until they get to play for their own countries, the World Series should be named something else. How about calling it the Super Bowl?
This post was written by special guests Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious topics and turns them into short, sharp comedies. They’ll perform their latest show "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)", which claims to cover every single sport every played on every continent in the history of mankind, from October 21 - November 6, 2011 at The New Victory Theater, New York City’s premier theater for kids and families.