Last night, I sat on a Rooftop on Sheffield watching the Cubs win. And while standing at the bar, ordering the 4th of my unlimited beers, I struck up a conversation with a fellow standing next to me. The Cubs were winning 5-0 at the time, and the guy said "looks like we got this one wrapped up". I said what I always say, "Don't be so certain, if we can score 5, they can score 5." And he remarked "Well, it's not like we are gonna win this year anyway. Cubs' management says it's going to be at least until 2015, because we are rebuilding." I said, "Well, I think we as fans shouldn't accept that. We should never lose 100 games a season." (Which the Cubs are currently on pace to do). I told him I felt as if all of Chicago had "drank the Kool Aid", and accepted losing for the next few years as inevitable. I told him, "Look, we know what our problems are, where the holes are on the team. If we had a decent bullpen, we could at least be a .500 team, and in the pennant race til at least August." We've made the games close against really good teams like the Reds, Cardinals, and Giants. The guy kind of shrugged and walked away.
I have a feeling guys like DeJesus, and Schierholz, possibly Soriano, and constant trade baiter Garza, could be gone by the trade deadline this year. Yet these guys (save Garza) have been some of our most productive players. These trades could devastate the rest of the season, ensuring our current pace to basically stink. Management has successfully bought themselves time in the minds of the fans to make us wait longer. The payroll has been cut in half since the "Hay Days" of 2008-9. The stadium is empty, even though we've been winning recently, and it seems to me, that if a few holes are plugged, the Cubs could have a decent season this year. At least not lose 100 games!
Here's to hoping the Cubs don't get blown up this year. They seem to be clicking right now as a team, playing .500 baseball so far in May. Should this team get blown up for the sake of the future? Or should fans demand a decent ball club for the whole year? I'm on the fence, but lean towards the latter. I at least don't want to lose 100 games!