I was lucky enough to attend a friends wedding in Jamaica this past week. Outside of the hurricane dodging and the random indifference of the resort staff, it was a great time.
Among my many conversations at the swim-up-bar were questions regarding the future of the Cubs. Most of the wedding attendees were not die-hard Cub fans, just more or less watching from a far. The questions ranged from “why Quade?” to ” What will poor Ryno do, doesn’t he feel betrayed?”
While a tried to defend the situation I came to a conclusion, over the past few months you can almost decipher the real fans from the ones who like to keep it, a new term I invented, “Cubbie Cute”.
Cubbie Cute fans are the ones who hope that Ryne Sandberg will manage and Harry Caray will fall from the heavens and broadcast for the Cubs if only for just one more summer. Do you see where I am going with this?
They are the ones who buy into the old Tribune marketing antics and wonder why the Cubs ever let Kerry Wood leave town. All the while they hope for the Cubs to win but have no clue what it will take for that to happen.
This is all fine and good. Not every fan has the passion or desire to study the nuances of a professional sports team. The ability to say, sometimes the cool thing isn’t the best thing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see them tear down Wrigley. I certainly don’t want to see the scoreboard or the Ivy ripped away. However, some things effect the team in a more direct manner. Like the players we acquire and who we choose as a coach or GM.
Some will argue that the stadium and the antiquated charm are hurting the potential income of the team. HOGWASH!
We had the highest payroll in the NL and finished way below most of the league. All while just modifying the current stadium.
Day games are a problem? Well, maybe, but the teams who come to town don’t seem to be bothered by them.
At any rate, maybe I am guilty to some extent too. The funny thing is, while arguing some of these points I realized something, if you are still a fan of this team there is a chance that somewhere deep inside of you resides a little slice of Cubbie Cute.