I’m supposed to be writing about baseball, but instead I’m shopping for red shoes on Zappos.com. Why? Because there is little left to discuss in the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 season that interests me, and even the boy-next-door good looks of Ryan Sweeney isn’t going to change that. This doesn’t mean that I’m not looking forward to where this team will be in a few years or that I don’t support what Theo and Jed are doing. It just means that, just like every year for the last few years, I am counting down the days until this season is out of its misery. Judging from the “crowd” at the most recent Cubs games, I’m not alone.
A few days ago, I wrote a bit about what it would take to get me excited about this team again. It was totally tongue-in-cheek, but i’m curious. What would it take you to get excited about the 2014 Chicago Cubs (OTHER than renovated Wrigley, doc)? I’m genuinely curious. Will you watch an improved-but-still-kinda-bad Cubs team? Or have you checked out until the Cubs can actually compete in the NL Central? And, if so, WHEN do you think this team will be competitive? 2014? 2015? 2016?
When I started this blog in 2007, the Cubs were in the midst of the Lou Piniella playoff (mini-streak) and we were all so excited about this team. I know this season (well, let’s be honest, the last few seasons) have driven a bunch of you underground. I don’t blame you for not having the inclination or energy to want to talk about this team. Carl and I barely have the inclination to write about this team. But we like to know that you’re still around, because having to write about the Cubs first thing every morning is a thankless job, and the only thing that keeps Carl and me from the absinthe is knowing you guys are reading and cursing and vowing vengeance upon the Cubs, even if you do it silently.
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