Having fulfilled the role of lovable losers for decades now, the Chicago Cubs have a lot of goodwill in their first World Series appearance since 1945. (They also have a one-game deficit to overcome, but let’s try not to think about that.) Among their celebrity fans is Daniel Stern, whom you might recognize as Phil Brickman from “Rookie of the Year” — a standout from the mid-’90s halcyon days of kids’ sports movies (see also: “Little Big League,” “Air Bud,” “Little Giants,” “The Big Green”) that he also directed.
Stern — who appeared in both “Home Alone” films and narrated “The Wonder Years” — has reprised his quirky role on both YouTube and Twitter in support of the Cubbies, who haven’t won the World Series since 1908. He’s posted a number of videos on his channel in recent weeks, with the most recent finding him teaching the fundamentals of baseball — a process that entails discussing the specifications of a proper baseball and chasing after a bunch of cows, who run away once he approaches.
Game 2 of the World Series starts tonight at 7 p.m. Watch more of Stern’s Brickman videos below.