Eight hours before first pitch of the first World Series at Wrigley Field since just after World War II ended, there are sights and sounds everywhere. There’s a faux Bugatti decked out in Cubs stickers, posters, flags and even a stuffed Cubs bear fixed to the front of the car where a hood ornament normally would go. It’s the bearded lady of this circus, which has been going strong in town now all season — and going strong for the past few weeks with the Cubs making history.
One of the more common responses to what I’ve posted about Chief Wahoo lately is “it’s just a cartoon character! Nobody cares!” Well, looking at that guy in the photo above and many others dressed like him at Progressive Field the past two days is evidence that it is not just a cartoon character. A certain swath of Indians fans think that, because of their team’s name and mascot, it’s totally acceptable to show up in public looking like this. Wahoo as an official trademark of a Major League Baseball club gives people license to dress up in redface — or in this case, red and blackface — with headdresses on, turning a real people and a real culture into a degrading caricature. It’s not just a cartoon
Not Erica May-Scherzer though. The wife of Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was determined to start the offseason with an organized home, and that determination nearly cost her husband one of his prized possessions. Perhaps this is Mrs. Scherzer’s idea of a good joke. Or maybe it’s time to get that jersey framed or at least packed away someplace safe so it’s not discarded like the lucky t-shirt from high school that the significant other can’t wait to throw away.