Did you know the Cubs are on the precipous of a monumental occasion?
Five straight losing seasons will be quite a feat, even for the Cubs. Take a guess how long it has been…..your probably thinking, “Oh it just happened yesterday, right? Didn’t we lose for an entire decade once?” Yah, we did, it was called the 50’s (it was actually the ten years between 1953 and 1963.) The losing in the 50’s and early 60’s got so bad it brought about the idea of the “College of Coaches“, which ranks itself near the top as one of the worst ideas in the history of the sport. Since then, no Cub team has registered a losing record for longer than four straight seasons*.
*Note- I left out the streak from 1979 -1983 as 1981 was strike shortened.
Since that glorious time, Cub fans got a repreave from the typical loveable losing ways, at least once every five years. Now, here we sit. I am pretty sure anybody with a baseball marble in their head will consider the upcoming 2014 Cubs season a wash. Just like 2013, the prospects are not ready and the retreads will run the show until the golden geese are good and set to take the stage. If the Cub conventions of the last two years are any indication, we as fans are supposed to hold our allegiance out for the future generation of players, and the remake of the landmark known as Wrigley Field.
That’s 810 games of losing. No, they don’t lose them all, but when you don’t even sniff competing for five years, that’s what it feels like. How many times over the last four seasons have you watched the Cubs win and felt a genuine sense that the team was good? Even when they win during this fine stretch of futility, I feel like they are losing.
Herein lies my biggest gripe with baseball. It’s such a long damn commitment when your team is no good. Each game, after a certain point of losing in a season, becomes meaningless. Sometime in August I begin to wonder how professional broadcasters can stand sitting in the booth and calling the games. Then I remember, that’s right, they get paid to do this.
If you can’t tell, I am having trouble getting excited for the 2014 season. Rebuilding in baseball is a brutal task and I have never seen a front office do it with such malice towards fans. It’s as if every day they’re looking at the fanbase and saying, “Just enjoy the beautiful history of Wrigley Field and the quasi-professional product we are rolling out there at a blue light special price tag, oh and don’t forget to sample a beer for $6”. I have also been wondering who I should back for the series with bwin.
What they are really saying is take your medicine, because this is the only way out. I believe in what they are doing, but I don’t have to enjoy it. Being a fan of a major market team should have its perks, and one of those is not having to eat a main course consisting of potatoes and bread when there is enough money in your wallet for a steak and then some.
The sad thing is, I don’t see us competing in 2015, like many at one time felt would be a realistic goal. 2016 anyone?