Chicago Cubs Need to Act as If

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I am a Chicago Cubs fan. I’ve been a fan for 38 years and have lived-and-died with this team. Last season, the Cubs hired Theo Epstein, or as he is called, the savior of the franchise. He’s been with the team for a year and has a 100-loss record and very few prospects for a better season in 2013. These are two points that are impossible to refute.

Look, I hope I am wrong and everyone that feels differently can say, I told you so, additions like Scott Baker and Dioneer Navarro are marginal at best. Neither one brings much to the table and will not help make this team any better. When a team loses 100 games, it would seem to me that the biggest priority in the off-season would be to not lose 100 games ever again. Instead, Cubs fans keep pointing to 2014 as the year. But like I learned in 1984, 1989, 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008, you cannot wait on next year. You need to win when you can win. The only guarantees in baseball are you do what it takes to win now.

As we at Rant Sports have pointed out to our readers, there are moves the Cubs can make to get this team more competitive in 2013. It would require the Cubs to act like a, I don’t know, a big market team. But considering the Cubs are, I don’t know, a big market team, it shouldn’t be an issue. The moves this team has made are no better than the Kansas City Royals, and yet, I am told there’s a plan. Build this thing from the inside through the draft and farm system. So if that’s the case, why don’t the Cubs lower ticket prices and charge accordingly for this product? As far as this Cubs fan is concerned, you can’t have it both ways.

Many fans will continue to flock to Wrigley Field with this wait until next year attitude. But when there are probably a handful of people left that were actually alive when you last won a World Series, I would suggest that patience is a luxury that an organization cannot afford. Do you think the New York Yankees or its fans would tolerate a 100 loss season? The Bronx Bombers will fire coaches over not winning a World Series. The Cubs build statues to players that didn’t even win a division.

Several of you may think I’m being unreasonable. But I say it is the opposite. It is about time we start raising the bar for the Cubs, and it begins by calling out their shortcomings. Then maybe, they’ll start acting as if. If you think I am stirring the pot or being unreasonable, then please do me a favor. Stop calling yourself a Cubs fan. You’re the stereotype of a Lovable Loser and someone I cannot respect.

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