Well, I've had a lot going on in my personal life the past several months that's been tough to deal with and I'd hoped this season's version of the Chicago Cubs could have been a decent diversion. I was so pumped when Opening Day came. And the Cubs, they have been diverting alright, but of course, not the way I'd hoped they'd be. Figures ..
I remember the old joke of a dentist who didn't apply the right amount of anesthesia to a Cubs fan getting a root canal and the Cubs fan says "Drill away, doc, I'm a Cubs fan. I have a high tolerance to pain." But this year, for me personally, that's been harder to pull on and I frankly haven't had the patience with the Cubs this year and stopped watching them and looks like, unfortunately, I haven't missed much. I haven't logged onto BCB for a bit, but every now and then, I'll jump on for the latest news on them. Again, not much encouraging is seen. As Al says, the drip drip drip of mediocrity continues. Ech ..
I finally had enough visceral fortitude to watch them this week, while here in Chicago helping my mom convalesce from another hospital stay. I was on the first Seattle game thread for a second or so .. and then after the Colvin double play, I took my Cubs hat off and went to sleep. Ugh ..
It's been an eternal slog in the majors this year. I look at the Cubs and wonder if the dripping can be changed by any kind of sparking at all. Tossing Lou isn't going to the job, I think .. there's too many deficits all the way around. And what's so frustrating, like the Cubs beat reporter on the ST said, is that on Sunday against the Angels, the Cubs showed they have the power to change things.
So I have to wonder, given that the season's still got a ways to go, what sparks are going to have to happen? What can conceivably happen which the team has control over (hitting with men on base might be nice, I think). I can remember the meltdown and retooling of the team in mid June when Barrett v Zambrano seemed to facilitate a couple years ago. The Cubs are my team and who I'll always root for but I honestly can't quite get my hands on what is going to turn the rest of this season around.