AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!! I don’t know why I watch Chicago Cubs baseball but I’m starting to realize it’s for all the wrong reasons.
While I don’t need to remind you that I come from Boston, I point to the longstanding tradition that comes with my beloved Red Sox that is knowing that they will inevitably blow whatever shot they have at winning the World Series. But the Cubs they can’t even make it to October if only to break their fans’ hearts. Yesterday was a case in point for a parental policy of limiting aspirations by watching Chicago Cubs Baseball.
With the Garza trade, the Cubs seem to have achieved their goal for the season. That goal is simply to take a current commodity and turn it into future gains. Next year’s goal will be to try and move on from Alfonso Soriano, who has never established himself as the high priced talent he was meant to be for the Cubs. Theo might now just as well go to Nantucket for the summer because his work is done. Dale Sveum’s in a no-win situation and never was that more clear than on Sunday when the Cubs could’ve taken a series in Coors Field for the first time in nine years. Instead, they managed – yet again – to blow another one-run game in the most brutal fashion. The successful team is the one who wins a lot of one-run games.
Edwin Jackson was one out away from getting out of the 6th at two-two when Junior Lake – despite a tremendous debut – decided to air mail a throw from centerfield into the screen behind the backstop thus letting two runs score to negate all the hard work Jackson and the offense had done to get the Cubs back in it. This represents the Cubs’ season as a whole. Quality starting pitching negated by a horrific bullpen, or an outfield that sometimes can’t look any worse if they tried. Sure, the Cubs outfield is banged up by the losses of Sweeney and Dejesus, but still the emphasis in the offseason on improving overall team defense has got to be in the plans for Theo and Co.
In the last two crucial swing games, the Cubs have managed to tease their fans just enough for them to actually watch, but only to see one step forward become two steps back. The Cubs closed out the first half by not being able to take three out of four against the Cards, and then opened the second half by losing the series finale against a team they’re chasing for the wild-card. Now Garza’s gone in exchange for prospects that do not include this year’s playoffs.
The Cubs are the epitome of a let down. It’s extremely frustrating to watch, but – like in 2003 – there’s always something.