Back To The Future Part II was fictional, people.
Robert Zemeckis imagined the California of 2015 as being overrun with 80s nostalgia, 3-D movies with terrible special effects, shoes that mechanically lace themselves and multi-racial gangs on hovering skateboards … and for some reason the United States (and the rest of the world) seems intent on making that California a reality. There’s a store in your mall selling Thundercats and My Little Pony merchandise right now. Shark Night 3-D isn’t any more convincing than the fake looking shark in Jaws 19 and Nike is auctioning off 1,500 pairs of Marty McFly shoes. Doc Brown is there. Even Major League Baseball is trying to make it happen.
In Part II, Marty sees a billboard congratulating the Chicago Cubs on their 2015 World Series victory against a team from Miami. As ridiculous as this seemed in 1989, Miami’s expansion team entered the league only four years later as the Florida Marlins, and as of the release of the 2012 MLB schedule the next step has been taken — say hello, officially, to the Miami Marlins.
The Florida Marlins announced their home schedule for the 2012 regular season. It will be the team’s first season in the New Marlins Ballpark and the first as the Miami Marlins.
Opening Day is set for April 4 when the Marlins host the St. Louis Cardinals.
Now, only two more things need to happen:
1. Realignment needs to occur, moving the Miami Marlins to the American League
2. The Cubs have to build a World-Series-caliber team over the next three seasons
The funny part is that one is more realistic than two. Laugh all you want, but remember — when the Cubbies sweep the series, you’re gonna wish you could go back to the beginning of the season and put some money on them.