They are out there, the doubters and disbelievers are out there people.
I knew they were however, I ran into a really pissed off Cubs fan today that caught me off guard.
I was at my Starbuck’s this morning per my morning ritual and I couldn’t help overhear a rant from the man who claimed he has swore off the Cubs for good.
Really? Now is the time for that?
I could see it if the Cubs had brought back the same old after the last two years, but they didn’t. They reached pretty high up the baseball ladder to fix this thing.
I can’t usually help myself from interjecting myself into a Cubs conversation, so I did. I had to ask if he really had such little faith in Theo Epstein or this front office.
I then got an earful about this ownership being tea party affiliates and how he wishes Mark Cuban had gotten the team. Then he went on about how Theo was lucky to inherit a 91-win team in Boston and then left the team a mess.
I reasoned that Joe Rickett's politics really don’t matter on the baseball end of things, and that Theo, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod were very responsible for building the second Boston championship team. Then I let him in on how quickly Jed and Jason rebuilt the San Diego farm system right up to the top.
I was stonewalled for the most part. It was just an angry Cubs fan that had seen enough and thought Theo was going to turn this thing around quickly. It was a lost cause on my part.
Now I know there are plenty of places to find these angry and uninformed Cubs fans like neighborhood bars, WGN post game show callers, and plenty of mother’s basements.
This wasn’t one of those fans; he was just a disenchanted Cubs fan hanging out at the Edgebrook Starbucks. I just found it surprising to run into one like this, one who seemed informed enough.
At that point I gave up, because I’ve grown weary of people preaching to me how long this is going to take myself. I couldn’t really ask a Cubs fan to have any more patience could I?
Right before he left he shrugged and said one last thing. “Well maybe it will take a couple of years”.
There it was, he was back just like that. Spoken like a true Cubs fan.
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