There is no doubt that everyone here WANTS the Cubs to win every year. Obviously that hasn't happened and isn't about to happen. And let's admit, many of those people are VERY knowledgeable fans. Now while I'll acknowledge that a baseball team can't be run by following populist opinions, there are few decisions made which draw 70%-80% opposition that end up well. So, whenever we're told we don't have all the so called "source" information and therefore we should merely be optimistic, it is met with much disagreement.
If a business has been successful for years, the stockholders are willing to accept the decisions of the Board of Directors. However, those same stockholders are unwilling to support a Board that is inconsistent. Unlike Cub fans, they can sell their stock or vote out the Board members. We Cub fans have no such options. Most of us are in for life.
The Cubs are a major franchise with very inconsistent results. Since 1984, whenever the team played .500 or better, only twice did their record improve the following year. Is that acceptable for us? If it seems many of us are unwilling to merely trust the people at the top, can anyone blame us? This franchise should never be in a position to accept a competitive team and a rebuilding process. And to suggest we should support the man in charge for 8 years who hasn't brought us more consistently winning teams seems unreasonable. The Cubs are still going into 2011 with a tinkered roster. That's factual. We'll probably be ranked to finish 4th. And while we may be better, why should this franchise be rated so low? This organization seems too willing to be good. Good isn't good enough. Only great is. As Quade has stated, the players will be held accountable. Likewise, we fans have every right to hold the organization to the same standard.