What does it mean to be a true fan of a team? Does it mean that you know all about the players and try to watch as many games as you can? Does it mean that you follow the team from city to city to catch some road games in addition to the home games you go to? Does it mean buy TV packages or radio packages so you can follow your team wherever you live? I’m not sure if being a true fan of your team includes any or all of these things. One thing I feel it does mean is to stick with your team and not give up on them a month and a half into the season. Lately, all I have read about or watched on TV is people saying how they are packing in the season. It’s over, lets give up now because the team is going down the toilet. Normally it is the easily swayed, Uncouth Sloth that feels this way, but this year, our first wimp of the year is Aisle 528. Well, if you’re “officially giving up on the season, as of today”, quit writing this year so we don’t have to waste our time reading it. What in the world is the matter with you people? Are you Cubs fans or are you fans because it’s “the thing” to do. I’m sick of this. Either get on the bandwagon at the beginning and stay on all year or don’t get on in the first place. I hate driving long distances and having a million people all needing us to stop and let them off cause they have to go to the bathroom. Hold it until it’s time. Same thing for you Cubs fans. If you’re gonna get on the wagon, stay on cause we’re sick of stopping every five games to let one of your butts off each time.

The fact of the matter is this. The Cubs play in one of the most difficult divisions in baseball. I personally think it is the second best behind the AL east. Right now, they are walking wounded. It seems as if every player is getting hurt. However, to give up on the season when not one of these injuries are going to keep the guys out longer than July is stupid. Sammy will be back soon. Also, he was out a lot last year and we did fine. Prior will be back in a week or so. He was also out last year and we did fine. Wood will be back in a few weeks. Alex Gonzalez is out. Big deal. Ramon Martinez can hit .230 just as good as Gonzalez can. No loss there. Grudzielanek is out. So what!!! Todd Walker is a better player anyways. Todd Wellemeyer is hurt. So what, we can bring up someone from the minors to come out of the pen and pitch maybe 15 innings before Wellemeyer gets back.

It’s decision time Cubs fans. Are you on or are you off. Decide now and stick to your guns. Please tell me which way you are going. I need to know before the bandwagon pulls out of the parking lot whether or not you’ll be aboard. There’s plenty of room, but only for people who truly believe in this team. If not, have fun regretting your decision come October.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail