Welcome to the inaugural entry of the official Presidents Baseball blog! Here I’ll write a variety of posts, including news and updates about the Presidents Baseball franchise, thoughts on baseball and history, various presidential-related posts, and much else. Even with the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets now over, with the Royals clinching their first title in 30 years, it’s still apropos
As a baseball fanatic, it’s hard for anything to take precedent in my mind over the World Series during this time of year. It’s not only the single most prestigious sporting event (in my opinion), but it’s the most gloriously unpredictable one. While the best teams in the regular season in the NBA and NFL tend to go on to win their respective championships somewhat predictably, the MLB playoffs are an almost incomprehensible crapshoot. The two teams to win 100 or more games in the past five years (2011 Phillies and 2015 Cardinals) didn’t make it past the first round. Just last year, we witnessed an amazing World Series between two wild card teams that didn’t even win more than 90 games in the regular season, with one of those teams (the Royals) making an equally improbable return to the Fall Classic this year.
Of course, the one criticism (sometimes serious, sometimes lighthearted) leveled at the World Series is the “world” part of its title. As is pointed out from time to time, it doesn’t feature teams from across the globe, and only two of the 110 championship teams (the 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays) reside in a ballpark outside of the United States. It’s an observation that isn’t at all hyperbolic, especially with almost every team in Major League Baseball history save for the Blue Jays and Expos residing in the U.S.
I note this often ephemeral aside as it actually reminds me of what the World Series is like in the fictional universe of Presidents Baseball. In this version of baseball’s championship, teams of historical figures from the United States (U.S. Presidents, New York City Mayors, California Governors, U.S. Secretaries of State, etc.) can play teams of historical figures from all over the globe (Russia Premiers, Canada Prime Ministers, U.K. Prime Ministers, German Symphonists) in the final series of the playoffs.
Of course, I’m not at all implying my fictional version of the World Series is better than the real thing, just that it’s a fun twist on a familiar part of baseball. As I expand Presidents Baseball’s story canon through comics, short films, games, and (hopefully!) an animated television series through the years, I intend to model the World Baseball League’s regular season and postseason after the real-life ones in Major League Baseball almost to a tee. But having a championship series that pits teams from the eastern and western hemispheres of the globe would be both a great way of learning how American and world history intersect, as well as just an incredibly fun story to make.
Think about it: Who wouldn’t want to see Josef Stalin graze Harry S. Truman with a close pitch, or Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt trying to out-manage each other in a winner-take-all game seven? Or Vladimir Putin grinding out a contentious at-bat against Barack Obama in the 9th inning, with Peter the Great ready to score the tying run from second? The possibilities of the World Baseball League championship series are quite limitless. And I look forward to exploring as many of those possibilities as I can as this franchise’s media reach grows.