Last night, I was hanging out on Twitter during the NFL season opener. As always happens this time of year, I was somewhat shocked and hurt that so many people are still so fully invested in baseball at this time of year. I remember being this invested in baseball in September: worrying over lineups, hanging on every pitch. It ruled. I would like it to rule again.
Alas, we’re mired in yet another losing season, with no relief on the horizon. Oh sure, there IS a horizon, but it’s still pretty hard to see from here. Are we talking 2015? 2016? 2017? When will things start to turn around? I’ve been told by people in the know to look forward to 2016, but I’m hopeful things will get better before then, as naive as that hope may be.
To be honest, I’ve never been a girl who is stoked about the minors. Sure, I love heading out to Kane County to watch the kids, and I love knowing what’s in the pipeline. But major league baseball is where it’s at for me. And while other bloggers have risen to the forefront this season by focusing, almost exclusively, on minor league baseball, I just don’t have it in me. I read their blogs and I follow the box scores and I have a general idea of who’s moving up and who we can expect to see when, but my heart’s really not in it.
Maybe that makes me a terrible Cubs blogger, or less of a baseball fan than everyone else. I don’t really know. All I know is that I can’t take many more seasons like the last three. I’m grateful that I’m as young as I am, because I never would have made it through the 1960s and 1970s with this team.
All that said, there’s a Cubs game today. I suppose I could write about it, but, again, my heart’s not really in it. I’d tell you to watch it (it IS, after all, the Brewers), but I don’t believe I should subject you guys to something even I’m having a hard time enduring at this point.
You SHOULD, however, watch this great ESPN video on prospect Matt Szczur. It’s worth it:
First pitch is at 1:20 pm CT on WGN