Seems like yesterday that I worried most Cubs fans wouldn’t be able to comprehend a rebuild.
There are plenty who still don’t, and a recent newspaper online poll asking if you are losing faith in Theo Epstein speaks for itself. There is another trend that is starting to alarm me as well.
It seems some fans are almost overzealous on this rebuild thing at times. They are doubling down. Too many are worried about potential draft position or they are ready to deal anything resembling a useful piece going forward.
John did a recent series on which players are tradable or part of the core going forward. Some are ready to deal obvious core players like Starlin Castro or Jeff Samardzija. Easy people.
I am totally down with the plan, but from what I hear this front office isn’t as hell-bent on losing like you may think. They anticipated a horrible year or two but they are looking to rent last place not buy. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if they try and be competitive next season. They didn’t pursue Anibal Sanchez to try and trade him you know.
This front office is trying to assemble some players that will be around here for a while. There are many who also want to compare us to the Rays or Nationals. The Cubs just cannot rebuild on that kind of level. They wouldn’t be able to survive multiple losing seasons the way those franchises suffered though. Too much is at stake. A potential new TV deal and the game's 3rd highest ticket prices are factors.
Yes this thing will still take some patience, and wins and losses aren’t paramount just yet. On the flip side, there is nothing wrong with wanting to see some progress either. When I first started watching the Cubs they were in a similar situation. Dallas Green inherited a mess and was turning over the roster and system. However from year to year (1981-83) there was some form of linear progress until they broke through in 1984.
Losing is not exactly a badge of honor, and some of these young players actually want to win mind you. Personally, I haven’t rooted for the Cubs to win since early 2010. Once I knew a change was needed, I was on board with rooting against victories. It’s time now we can start to actually want to see some wins or at least some movement forward.
In the very near future the front office will sell off some of the vets they can get something for. Just don’t be too disappointed if Travis Wood isn’t following them out the door.
If the Cubs are going to compete anytime soon they actually might need more players like him.
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