They Told Me It Would Be Better Someday
Being a fan of this team prior to the second half of 2014 was akin to being passed through the lower GI of baseball. To say the practice of being a Cubs fan from 2010-2014 was a grind is a massive understatement. The Cubs previous five seasons were usually decided by this point in April and to be honest, even if they mess the sheets this year, I feel as though we got some sort of bonus time as winners.
Originally, when I grabbed this spot prior to the start of the month, I kind of thought I would be writing a piece about patience and dealing with young talent. I thought I would be saying things like “give the kids a chance” and “He’s only XX years old and it’s April.”
As a Cub fan, I don’t want this April to end…ever.
Today I’m going to share some thoughts regarding our newly constructed ball club on the north side of Chicago. I have three things I need to spew and then you feel free to spew forth your three things and then we will all have spewed three things we have noticed so far. We have all probably gushed enough over the performance of this team over the past month, however, as the month ends we need one more gushing. Why? Because we deserve to gush, it’s been a while, ya know what I mean?
Walk with me……
If Kris Bryant never hits a dinger but keeps hitting the way he has this month, I will take it. With exception of his first game, which I am beginning to wonder if that was even Kris Bryant or a proxy of some sort filling in, the guy has been nothing but pleasant to watch at the plate. His play at third, which I kind of expected to be a disaster, has been more than enough for me to feel he can stay at that spot.
Dexter Fowler doesn’t get enough credit for his play thus far. Now Dex hasn’t blown anybody away, but he may be the best leadoff option since Juan Pierre in a Cub uniform. He has very quietly cobbled together a nice first month and does his job of setting the table for the other guys behind him.
I like the Jumbo-Tron and the new signage, but when they finally open those bleachers it’s gonna be pretty cool. The April crowds have never been great but with no bleacher creatures it makes Wrigley seem quite docile. When I watch on TV it feels like a minor league game for the most part. This will sound crazy but if this team can keep it going, the opening of the bleachers mid-season may provide a nice little emotional boost for home games down the stretch. Imagine showing up at the ballpark mid-season and all of the sudden gaining 10,000 new rowdy fans every home game.
Anyhow, I feel like I wore the rose-colored glasses for years and they’re finally in style. I am glowing like a pregnant woman in her second trimester. Go Cubs!