Another day, another group of Cubs fans complaining abut not winning and Theo not caring about not winning and who the Cubs should go after in the off-season so they can start winning. I’d love to write my own open letter to Cubs Fans, but I honestly don’t even know where to start. And plus, we’ve been over this all many, many times.
Perhaps what we need to do here is review some major themes. Consider these like Newton’s Laws of Physics, only Cubs-related. Let’s call them Julie’s laws of Cubdom. Whenever you start gnashing your teeth or feel tempted to rail against Theo & Jed , et al. or start prognosticating about what big-name free-agent the Cubs should go after in the off-season, just pull out this list of Laws and review. It’ll make you feel better.
Julie’s Laws of Cubdom:
1. Theo and Jed care about winning. Of COURSE they care about winning. Suggesting they don’t care about winning in the long-run is stupid and makes you sound dumb.
2. Renovating Wrigley is a priority because the team is in desperate need of new revenue streams.
3. The Wrigley Renovations are not going to make Wrigley any less charming. If anything, not having to wait in line for the bathroom for 3 hours is going to make it MORE charming.
4. The next really good Cubs team is going to be built from within, not bought on the open market.
5. The Cubs were never going to win anything by 2014. If you were counting on it, you were kidding yourself
6. In less than three years, Theo and Jed have taken one of the worst farm systems in the majors and made it into one of the fast-rising. They do and should get points for that.
7. Paying a lot of money for big-name free agents isn’t how (most) teams are winning any more.
8. If you ignore Ronnie Woo-Woo, he will go away. This is a good thing.
9. The Seventh-Inning stretch in its current form much cease to exist.
10. If you long for the days of Ryan Theriot and Tony Campana, you’re doing it wrong.
So, to sum up, everything is going according to plan. Jed and Theo have the franchise well in hand. Lots of promising kids down on the farm. The Wrigley Renovations will be good for everyone. Ronnie Woo-Woo and the current manifestation of the 7th inning stretch have to go. Starlin Castro is better than both Ryan Theriot and Tony Campana.
Most of all, relax. Relax and wait. Good times are coming. Maybe not next season, but they are coming. You’ve waited this long, another 18 months isn’t going to kill you. In the mean time, watch the kids play at Tennessee, Daytona, and Kane County if you’re really struggling. They’ll make you feel better.