Comox Valley Cubs in Florida for Roy Hobbs World Series

The Comox Valley Cubs are in Florida for the annual Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers.

The team left town Thursday afternoon. Playing in the 60+ division, the Cubs will compete with about 50 other teams. The total of all divisions is almost 300 teams.

The Cubs open Sunday, Nov. 15 against the Cleveland Spiders. They play San Antonio Texans on Monday, Kent Mudhens on Tuesday and Long Island Yankees on Wednesday. Playoffs follow.

Fort Myers, on the gulf coast of Florida, three hours south of Tampa and two hours north of Miami, is a wonderful place to play ball in November.

The hurricane season is over, the bugs are gone, the temperature is about 27 degrees, and it is still low season for accommodations and other expenses.  The tournament is played on the spring training facilities of the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox, including the almost-brand-new Jet Blue stadium of the Sox.

The only other Canadian team is from Nova Scotia. However, because the Cubs roster includes players from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, this is Canada’s team.

You can check out the details as the tournament progresses at royhobbs.com/world-series.

“So, baseball in Florida, on major league fields – not a bad way to spend 10 days in November!” a team spokesperson said.

The Natural

Roy Hobbs is a fictional baseball player from the 1952 Bernard Malamud novel The Natural, made into the 1984 movie in which Hobbs was played by Robert Redford.

Hobbs was shot en route to a baseball tryout as a teenager and never made it to the majors until he was 34 years old. He joined the New York Knights and, after the death of the starter, Bump Baily, took over in the outfield (left in the book; right in the movie) and led them to a playoff – the results of which differ in the book and the movie.

 

Hobbs’ shooting is based on 1950s baseball player Eddie Waitkus who was shot by a deranged fan, but survived to continue his baseball career.

 

 

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