The reality has set in; this rebuilding thing is becoming really ugly.
Well, it already is really ugly, but yes it could get even uglier.
It seems like just a few weeks ago we were talking about this team being competitive in this division. I guess all the talk about this being one of the worst Cubs teams in team history is a reality. The only consolation is this team was supposed to be kind of bad; they weren’t trying to fool you.
It seems the front office is digging in their heels and reiterating their stance. This is going to take some time.
‘‘We’ve been transparent about the fact that we’re not looking for quick fixes or Band-Aids,’’ Epstein said by e-mail Wednesday. ‘‘We are trying to build a championship organization from the ground up.
‘‘That means there will be periods at the big-league level that are difficult to go through. Unfortunately, we’re in a stretch like that right now. But the process of building the organization continues behind the scenes, and it’s the type of work, if done right, that will help us get to a point where we are contending each and every year.’’
If you aren’t hearing Jed Hoyer talk about how patient he wants to be with Anthony Rizzo, you are hearing the preaching of patience in general from Theo.
I get it. I’m still down with it.
There is just one potential problem, the fans. The fans have been known to run the show around Clark and Addison. I know Tom Ricketts wants to see this plan of Theo’s through 100%.
The real test however, will be how many empty seats he can handle. You couple that issue with his recent set back (regarding stadium rehab) with the Mayor and he could be feeling the heat soon, if not already. It will be impossible to forsee Ricketts getting any public support now.
You have some ticked off fans that don’t like the political agenda his father was involved with. You also have fans that don’t want to pay big money to see a last place team. Gordon Wittenmyer says he keeps getting emails from fans wondering why they should pay $80 a pop for this.
Many Cubs fans have always said they want to rebuild, maybe they didn’t know what it meant? There are some fans like me who want to fast forward to going as young as possible. There are some fans who just don’t want to see the Alfonso Soriano’s and Carlos Marmol’s anymore.
Those are all valid issues. Now if Ricketts really wants to consider throwing out a nice olive branch he needs to consider lowering ticket prices. You want Cubs fans to suffer for a couple of seasons for the greater good? Let’s see ownership put their money where their mouth is.
Ricketts could win back some public support and gain some patience from the fan base for his front office.
This thing isn’t all bad anyway. You have had some glimmers of hope like Jeff Samardzija and Bryan LaHair. Matt Garza may yet be a building block and you still have Rizzo, Brett Jackson, and Wellington Castillo that could all be starting by mid-summer. Travis Wood is also beginning to make good on the Sean Marshall deal.
The young players may not make the team markedly better, but at least more fun to watch while we suffer through the growing pains, especially at a potential discount.