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It’s Down to the Cubs… I Guess…

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Baseball didn’t do much for me this summer.  That’ll happen when the Brewers start 3-18 and the coach is gone before the middle of May.  The Tigers tripped over their own tails, never quite fulfilling the promise of a team built and rearmed year to year over the last ten years to win a World Series.  The Orioles have been up and down, and were in the wild card spot as little as a month ago.  That’s when they put the “coast” in roller coaster and promptly lost a slew of games and dropped below .500.  It’s not over for them yet, but I don’t see them recovering and making it into October.  So that leaves me with the Cubs.

They just now took three of four from Pittsburgh, and looked good doing it.  If the situation with the playoffs remains static, and it likely will, the Cubs will play Pittsburgh for the wildcard spot in Pittsburgh in early October.  If things go well and they win (which is not guaranteed), they’ll face off with St. Louis in the division series.  No doubt every Cubs fan is slavering over the chance to slay the much- and long-hated Cardinals in 5-game series, but the only way the Cubs can really do that is if the fury of the rivalry sparks something god-like in them and they can play David to the Goliath down I-55.

There’s too many “if”s in that last paragraph for me to start believing in the Cubs.  See, here’s the thing:  The Cubs are your friend with a substance abuse problem.  You can’t rely on him—in fact, there is nothing in their last 100 years that rings even remotely with a tone of reliability.  Like your friend with a substance abuse problem, there is constant talk about getting better.  Things are going to be different next year.  Sure enough, he might get something together and look good, but he falls off the wagon and spend years regaining his sobriety.  It doesn’t help that the Cubs fan base doesn’t care about the sobriety issue (in fact, Wrigleyville discourages the use of the the word “sober”), that they don’t care how miserable the situation is—they love the Cubs all the same and still drop their money at the ticket booth.  So, much like a person who is having trouble staying sober, the Cubs need a new peer group.  I’ve mentioned that before in posts about the death of nostalgia at Wrigley Field and attempts to make the stadium more fan-friendly.  I’m glad to see the Cubs making the right steps and understanding what it takes to be sober and functional, but I’m not there yet.  By all measures they are ahead of projections for where the team should be, but until “wait until next year” can be said with a measure of confidence and not irony, I’m not going to be very interested in them.  Maybe next year is the year by which to measure them.  We’ll have to see.  Until then, you’ll pardon me if I take the Cubs at my leisure and don’t take them too seriously.

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Written by seeker70

September 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm

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