Have Millennials Destroyed the World Series Trophy?

Damaging championship trophies may transcend generations

World Series trophy
The World Series trophy, as shown in Sean Doolittle's Twitter feed.
Sean Doolittle/Twitter
By Tobias Carroll / November 4, 2019 8:00 am

On Friday, Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle posted a photograph of the World Series trophy on his Twitter account. It did not look pristine. Instead, it appeared to have gone through a hard-living phase, with a few dents and dings to show for it.

Now, at SB Nation, Ryan Simmons has put forward a proposal that’s sure to be controversial: is the World Series trophy the latest thing millennials have destroyed? Doolittle is, in fact, part of that generational cohort, after all. 

“This is, from what I can find, the fourth year in a row the trophy has come out of World Series celebrations looking like it was tossed in a laundromat dryer,” Simmons writes. And Doolittle is himself a millennial, hence…

To be fair to millennials, however, these World Series trophy mishaps are only a small portion of the history of championship trophies taking horrendous damage over the course of celebrations. In 2012, Bleacher Report chronicled the worst damage taken by said trophies. This included 1962, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup, which was subsequently damaged in a bonfire while the team celebrated.

To the best of my knowledge, no millennials have tried that yet. So perhaps the accidental destruction of championship trophies is something that will transcend generations, bringing old and young together in a show of unity. Or perhaps someone will just make another avocado toast joke. Who knows what tomorrow might bring? 

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