View From The Bleachers

October 3, 2008


Filed under: General — cubbiedude @ 7:57 pm

First, let me thank you all for reading. And let me thank you for commenting. I have been enjoying posting my thoughts. Your comments add a certain spice to the whole thing that I find myself enjoying.

Second, I salute your enthusiasm. It is admirable, and I envy you that indulgence. However, let me assure you that youth and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

Third, for those of you neophyte Cub fans who maybe haven’t been through this before, it is now that we separate the True Cub Fans from the Namby-Pambys. Wanna give up on being a Cub Fan and become a Tibetan monk? Go ahead. Do you find yourself, after only 2 postseason games, reevaluating the choices you’ve made in your life? Well, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Nobody said it was gonna be easy.

Fourth, if you are literally shaking with frustration and looking for something to destroy, may I submit to you The Cubbie Dude’s 4 Step Program For True Cub Fans:
1. Lay off the caffeine.
2. Take a chill pill.
3. Consider anger management classes.
4. Seek professional help.

Fifth, I just this week finished reading a book titled “Your Brain On Cubs”. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in knowing the scientific basis as well as the psychologic and neurologic explanations for being a True Cub Fan.

Sixth, adopting a personal mantra might help, particularly in difficult times. Here are two of my favorites: “Take it like a man”, and “Never underestimate the value of lowered expectations”.

Seventh, if you are not averse to music therapy, I recommend “Relaxing Music for Difficult Situations, I” by Stanley Jordan. I plan to be listening to that soundtrack during the game tomorrow.

Eighth, breathe deeply.

Ninth, remember what Lou said (I’m paraphrasing here): “This is not life or death. This is not life AND death. It’s a game; it’s entertainment.”

Tenth, keep in mind that as a True Cub Fan you follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before you, and you are blazing a trail for those to follow. This is a sacred trust. Not all are up to the challenge.

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  • AnnoCatuli08

    The best post I’ve seen on this site. Good work, cubbiedude.

  • Mike

    I say if we get by games 3 and 4, which I think we can, we go with a combination of Z, Demp, and Marquis if needed in Game 5.

  • Moe Thacker

    Since I can’t sleep I wrote this.


    Fan’s yell boo!
    Down by two,
    I’m watching Lou,
    Yelling about Fuku,
    He knows what to do,
    Nothing he hasn’t been through.

    Thought we were going to baseball heaven,
    In the first game we gave up seven,
    Dempster couldn’t find the plate,
    Hitters looked like a rusty gate,
    Cubs scored only two,
    Mark D. came through,
    The other’s looked like Woo woo.
    Especially Fu Ku.

    The second game
    was more of the same,
    Z gave it his all,
    Damn that Furcal,
    Our infield couldn’t catch the ball.
    This time they scored ten,
    Is this really happening again?
    We got three,
    This is all causing me anxiety,

    It really couldn’t get much worse,
    Maybe there really is a curse.

  • MGAD

    You forgot to add in the next 3 stanzas about how we win the next 3 games…….for all of my fellow Cubs fans, I do believe that this team is really capable of winning 3 in a row from LA. Not if they play the unsound baseball they have in the first 2 games, but if they play to their potential, these Cubs really can take three in a row. At times during the regular season, we seemed unbeatable, so don’t give up hope yet. I like Harden going tonight….I think he will get us a W. I like Lilly going tomorrow, he was pitching very well at the end of the year…..I think he will get us a W. And going back to Wrigley for a game 5, well its anyone’s game and that is all we can ask for! I look forward to seeing Z out there starting game 5. :)

  • Rich Beckman


    You are absolutely correct. Winning three in a row is not at all beyond the realm of possibility.

    I have no doubt that Harden and Lilly will pitch great.

    And if we come back to Wrigley, I bet the place will rock like never before (at least in my lifetime).

    This is the beauty of baseball…it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

    That, and there’s always next year! :)

  • edo

    Im sick of waiting til next year that is BS…. this team choked good athletes excel in the clutch..why don’t the cubs?
    its mind boggling

  • Moe Thacker

    I wish I had more faith. I’ve always thought that the ability of Cub fans to delude themselves was unparalleled. Still, I would rather have the glass half full myself. So yeas we could come back and win three, And there is always next year.

    It’s only rock and roll but I like it.

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