I just finished reading a blog post by Steve Rosenbloom saying that nothing was acceptable for the Cubs this postseason other than a victory in the World Series. He said "to publicly declare that anything less is OK is a self-inflicted Cubbie Occurrence." My apologies to all for my inability to figure out how to get the URL on here (though some of you may appreciate not having to read that drivel).
I'm really ticked off about this. I have posted a response saying that he isn't going to ruin my season by declaring that all is lost if they don't win the Series. If the Cubs don't win the Series, Aram's walk-off homer vs. the Sox doesn't go away, the 9-1 comeback vs. the Rockies doesn't go away, the comeback last week against the Brewers with two outs in the ninth doesn't go away, etc. That's the thing about baseball, the good things stay with you.
I smile everytime I see the video of Santo's kicking his heels at the end of a Cub victory. I tingle everytime I see the replay of the Sandberg game in 1984. I get chills when I think of how it felt to watch Kerry Wood shut down the Braves in the '03 playoffs. Those things haven't gone away merely because those teams didn't win the World Series.
I have to admit that, in the response I posted, I said that I felt that the Cubs had to, at least, win the National League pennant to avoid having a bitter taste in my mouth. It is true that I will be severely disappointed if they don't do that. But, I have started wondering what you guys think.
So, let's hear it. What do the Cubs have to do to make this season a good one, or have they done it already? I think Rosenbloom's attitude is just plain wrong. And acknowledging the possibility of not winning the Series, or even the NLCS or the NLDS is just plain realistic (the Cubs, who I think won 88 games in '03, beat the Braves, who I think won about 103 games, so that stuff happens).
Or is even talking about the possibility of less than complete success the "Cubbie Occurrence" that Rosenbloom thinks it is?