If you’ve ever had some sort of bug, whether it’s the flu, a cold, or something worse like mono, you know that it is a very hard thing to shake. You can try everything. Sudafed, NyQuil, orange juice, and rest. Nothing seems to work. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t get past the bug. That is the way this season has gone for the Cubs as well. Coming into this season, we had nothing but a healthy feeling about the future. However, as soon as spring training started, the bug hit. Whether it was the injury bug, the hitting slup bug, or the bad bullpen bug (which seems to strike the Cubs every year), the Cubs just couldn’t shake it. They have tried the Magic dust provided by Dusty Baker, but nothing is working. They just can’t seem to get healthy in all aspects of the game.

I also suffer from a bug, and have been for as long as I can remember. It’s the awful, dreaded, “Eternal Cub Optimist” bug. This, unfortunately is a bug that afflicts millions. It causes a blurred or distorted vision. As a result, I see hope when there really shouldn’t be. I see the Cubgs glass as half full when it should be half empty. In fact, there are even times when I see the glass as full when it is in fact bone dry. It’s really a horrible afflition. Everything in me wants to see the team this year for what it is….Underachievers. Unfortunately, even after last nights loss, all I can think of is how we can win tonight and get on a roll to the playoffs. This team has issues, I know that, but for some reason, I can’t come to grips with that and quit watching.

Maybe some day I’ll get better. Until then, lets get em tonight. (the words of a complete optimist)

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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