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Ben and Sam discuss the optimal distribution of World Series wins across an average lifespan.

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comish4lif
7/08
A podcast set ~1 year in the future? Ben and Sam almost stop doing the podcast because Ben won't get his drivers license? Baby Albers? Jason Parks would be proud.
playertbnl
7/08
Man. The Reds really are going to be terrible soon huh. Hats off to Kevin Greg on the comeback though.
lipitorkid
7/08
The answer is: #1: Age 8-9 before middle school when little league was pure and you aren't grumpy yet, you still love and respect everything your dad does #2: Age 41 you have enough money to afford a ticket to a playoff game or two, you are old enough to bring your kid who is now 8-9 #3: Age 67 or so. You are retired now so you can go to more regular season games and really have time to be a fan AND you have also assured yourself of living to 67, which is nice bonus.
morro089
7/08
Haven't listened yet, but I'm going to counter in all caps so it's easy to pick out my comments, not because I can't control the volume of my voice: #1: Age 8-9 before middle school when little league was pure and you aren't grumpy yet, you still love and respect everything your dad does. AT 8-9 YOU BARELY KNOW THE PLAYERS ON YOUR OWN TEAM, MUCH LESS OTHERS. YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW TEAMS OUTSIDE OF YOUR DIVISION. I DON'T THINK YOU'D FULLY APPRECIATE A WORLD SERIES BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GOOD THE OTHER TEAMS ACTUALLY ARE. A PLAYOFF RUN A DIVISION CROWN IS ALL A CHILD NEEDS. #2: Age 41 you have enough money to afford a ticket to a playoff game or two, you are old enough to bring your kid who is now 8-9. I'M NOT OLD ENOUGH FOR KIDS, BUT I HAVE A FEELING BY THE TIME I HAVE 2 KIDS BASEBALL IS NOT GOING TO BE AS BIG OF A DETERMINANT ON MY HAPPINESS LEVEL. YOU BRING UP A POINT ABOUT YOUR KIDS THOUGH. IF THEY SEE YOUR TEAM WIN A WORLD SERIES AT PRIME "I'M KIND OF STILL PICKING A TEAM" AGE THEN THEY'RE YOURS FOR LIFE. SO, ASSUMING YOUR KIDS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN BASEBALL, I AGREE. #3: Age 67 or so. You are retired now so you can go to more regular season games and really have time to be a fan AND you have also assured yourself of living to 67, which is nice bonus. YES. 100% AGREE. So I guess I would only disagree with #1 and would counter with sometime between 16 and 22 (assuming you go to a 4 year college). At that age you can fully understand baseball and appreciate it more, you have the time (especially in most summers) to watch games on a semi-regular basis and ideally your team is the home town team so all your buddies are also fans and this gives you a great reason to hang out and do it all together. Spacing them out is obvious. We might all pretend that each championship matters equally, but as a fan of a team that has won multiple championships relatively close together you just can't appreciate it as much. As fun as the dynasty term is, history isn't as fun as the next championship.
lipitorkid
7/09
The all caps made me laugh. Nice work.
msheldon363
7/09
Especially if the above logic applies... #1: When I'm 100 years old and the oldest living fan of the 2016 expansion Montreal Expos. Century mark + oldest living fan = at least 3 major media interviews. #2: When I'm 101 years old and I get to write an article for ESPN titled "Expos 101." #3: When I'm 102 years old and I get to talk about how the kids don't know how good they have it these days, about how hard it is to go so long without winning a championship and still sticking by your team through thick and thin. I leave out that I've been a bandwagon fan all my life. I leave out that I think being a fan of one team instead of baseball as a whole is in a sense just being vulnerable to a marketing ploy. Internally I celebrate the third championship harder than I did the first two combined and I pretend like I had something to do with this trilogy of championships that is the Canadian Evil Empire (soary). After that I slow down and relax, because I always knew I'd make it to this moment, but now, for the first time since I was in my 20s, I wouldn't know what was next, for me or for my beloved Expos.