Get to know your celebrity Cubs fans

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With the Cubs two wins away from the World Series, the Associated Press is asking an important question: which celebrities will be happy if Chicago wins it all?

Bill Murray, of course. Everyone knows he’s a Cubs fan. Eddie Vedder. Nick Offerman and Stephen Colbert. George Will’s Cub fandom is known by people who care about George Will. His answer about the genesis of his Cubs fandom is somewhat peculiar, though:

“I grew up in Champaign, midway between Chicago and St. Louis,” he said. “My friends became Cardinals fans and grew up cheerful and liberal and I, for reasons I don’t understand, became a Cubs fan.”

While geography can certainly weigh in on one’s political orientation and on one’s sports fandom, I wasn’t aware that political orientation and sports fandom were linked in any robust way. I guess if you take a big scoop of Braves fans, for example, you’ll find more conservatives because you’re also scooping southerners and if you take a big scoop of, say, Giants fans you’ll find more liberals because you’re also scooping Bay Area people, but I wasn’t aware that the scoops work the way Will says they do in central Illinois. Oh well, the more you know.

There’s no corresponding story about celebrity Dodgers fans because, well, all of the celebrities are assumed to be Dodgers fans until they make a point of claiming other fandom, usually around the time of the World Series. Like Paul Rudd and that guy from “Modern Family” did with the Royals in 2014. Each time a newish team makes the Series we learn who their celebrity fans are, but I don’t think the Dodgers get that privilege, even if they haven’t been in the thing for 28 years.

In other news, Tom Hanks is apparently an Indians fan. Had no idea. I thought it was just Drew Carey, by himself, wearing the old Wahoo. So I guess there are two of them.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”