Sorry if I come off as a troll with this post, it really isn't my intention. I'm just a fan who has been away from the game for way too long and is having a problem getting back into the swing of things. I also understand how open ended a question like "How long will a rebuild take" is, and am just looking for opinions on the matter.
Admittedly whoever responds to my post will be dealing with someone with a limited baseball knowledge. I watched the Cubs religiously growing up but quit with the strike and am just now starting to get back into the game. My grandpa dedicated his life to following the Cubs though and would listen to the games on his car radio, smoking cigars and writing down all the stats to follow the team... With that kind of fandom in my blood, I can't stand the thought of being a bandwagon fan when the 103+ year drought ends though, and want it to mean at least half as much to me as it would have to him. Whether that means watching seasons like this for the rest of my life and never seeing the glory my grandpa went to the grave yearning for is irrelevant. But after so many years without baseball, coming back to watch a 21-42 record is making it a bit tough to keep the enthusiasm I once had for the team going. Sure there have been some nice walkoff homers and the other draws of the game that have kept my attention, and the thought of having to come back as a bandwagon fan whenever the team reaches the playoffs is enough to make me sick (Football has always been my main sport and I couldn't stand the people who celebrated "our" super bowls with the Broncos when they hadn't watched one game during the losing years so I'm not going to allow myself to do that with the Cubs.) I guess I'm just wondering how much suffering like this year we can expect to go through so that it might take a little of the edge off.
Once again, sorry if this post is perceived as trolling. My intentions are to regain my knowledge of the players, teams and all around game so that I can begin contributing posts of meaning to this blog... until then I'm just going to do my best to play catch-up and bask in my fellow fans' knowledge. Go Cubs!