All my life I have been cheering on the Cubs whether good or bad. All my life I end up disappointed and can’t help but continue to cheer them on. I would guess that this is how most Cubs fans feel, and it just does not look like it is going to change any time soon.
Watching the Cubs play today, I started to think that this could be the turning point of the season. We were up four to nothing, heading into the sixth inning against the division leading Reds. Then disaster strikes again, as the Reds managed to get nine straight base runners reach, and overall scored seven runs to go on and beat the Cubs by the same score.
You can go back and look at many of our past articles on how “this could be the turning point.” It is built into our systems that we believe in the Cubs, and that there just has to be some sort of turning point to every season. Yet season after season, the Cubs fall short, and we are stuck with, “wait until next year.”
This frustration continues to build as the season goes on and on. The team just seems to be mediocre, at least that is how they like to play. So why don’t writers like us and others just cave in and come to the conclusion that there is going to be no turning point this season?
The fact is, this team should be better than the way they play, and it is frustrating to see them underachieve. Yes, I still do believe that there can be a turning point to the season. It is a marathon not a sprint, and we are only a quarter of the way through the season. What needs to happen is, Manager Mike Quade needs to light a fire under their ass, and get this team to believe in themselves like they did at the end of the season.
All has not been lost thus far this season, as we have had a lot to cheer about, and have seen some glimpses of what this team is capable of. If they can pull it together, they can create their own momentum, and carry themselves to victory. Put it this way, take a look at the top pitchers on each team, the closers, and the offense, and who do you believe has the best all around team? We may not have the combination of Pujols, Holliday, and Berkman, or Braun and Fielder, but overall, I like the Cubs up and down with pitching better than any lineup in the NL Central. If they can just pull it together, play as a team with a purpose, then maybe the fans can stop being so frustrated, and this team can finally win.