Us Brits may flex our MLB caps and jerseys and have childhood memories of hitting home runs on Wii Sports but many of us have never seen a professional baseball match – especially not on home soil.
Seems silly, right?
Well, that could all change.
On the 13th and 14th June 2020, Mitel and MLB are transforming London Stadium (colloquially known as the Olympic Stadium, West Ham Stadium and ‘that arena near Westfield’) into a field of dreams à la Kevin Costner.
The two London games will see old rivals St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs go head-to-head; and, providing that there are hot dogs and foam fingers available, I’ll be there too.
And if this year was anything to go by, you won’t want to miss out.
In short: no.
Following the success of the London Series 2019 – which saw New York Yankees go up against the Boston Red Sox in a record breaking event — MLB is returning for a second consecutive year. This will come as no surprise to the 120,000 baseball fans who attended this year’s event and raved about the insane atmosphere at London Stadium.
The MLB London Series was a blast to be at great great atmosphere
— Casey McLaughlin (@cmclaughlin2021) July 1, 2019
Watch highlights from the incredible London Series 2019 right here:
“We are thrilled to be coming back to London for a second year. The response to the Red Sox and Yankees earlier this year, and the spectacle that those two teams put on, was exceptional. Based on the incredible response to those games, we’re expecting a high demand for tickets, so I’d really encourage fans to jump onto mlb.com/londonseries and sign up to get access to tickets before they go on general sale.” – Charlie Hill, Vice President of International Strategy
General sale tickets may be available from Thursday 5th December, but we’re here to tell you that you can register for pre-sale tickets via mlb.com/londonseries.
What are you waiting for??
Travelling across the pond next year are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, teams that have a historic 100-year rivalry.
Lucky for the MLB, us Brits LOVE a feud.
Home: St Louis, Missouri.
Stadium: Busch Stadium (Opened 2006).
Star Players: Kolten Wong, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Jack Flaherty, Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna.
Fact: “Baseballs 2nd most successful team (behind the Yankees) with 11 World Series wins, the Cardinals are baseball royalty. With 17 former Cardinal players, managers, and executives enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the team is one of the league’s premier franchises. They’ve been to the Postseason 13 of the past 20 years, winning the World Series twice in that time (’06 & ’11).”
Home: Chicago, Illinois. Duh.
Stadium: Wrigley Field (Opened 1914).
Star Players: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez, Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras.
Fact: “Known as baseballs ‘loveable losers’ for years, the Chicago Cubs had a long barren run without a World Series win between 1908 – 2016. Once the butt of the joke, the Cubs are now one of the league’s top teams. They defeated the Cleveland Indians in 2016 in one of the greatest World. Series to break the ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’ and finally win it all.”
For more information on the MLB London Series 2020, check out the event’s official website right here.
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