I know I mentioned it on many occasions over the last couple of seasons, but even for me the Cubs were a tough watch.
Part of it was watching players I really didn’t like (Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto) or watching players I was ready to see move on (Ryan Dempster), it just was tough.
I always envisioned the Cubs having the guts to go young at some point and rebuild. Except that when I always envisioned it, it was more like when the Marlins did it. It seemed they always would have young, mostly unknown talent that would come in and give the big pay-rolled Cubs fits. I thought I could be on board with watching a young, cost effective, team. I didn't think it would involve stop gaps like Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart.
The Cubs are becoming fun to watch again.
I am not hung up on wins and losses just yet. However, as I wrote last week, it is ok to root for them to win again. We now have see some glimpses that this thing is going somewhere. You can have fun watching it develop.
Anthony Rizzo is showing you why this front office has had a love affair with him. The kid is the whole package, power, defense, quiet leadership, and charisma.
No matter how rough a ride you want to give Starlin Castro, his talent is undeniable and there is little doubt his game is progressing. Look around and you see other pieces that are fun to watch progress.
Jeff Samardzija and his em..rock star hair, Travis Wood and his "outdoorsman" beard, "Beef" Wellington Castillo, and the scrappy Darwin Barney are all making cases for being a part of (that new catch phrase in Wrigleyville) “the core”.
I always thought I would enjoy this sort of thing. I always look back fondly as a Bulls fan during the 1987-89 years, when the team was growing and you could see something special coming together. There really is no more fun time in sports than watching your team get good.
I thought I would have that chance in the late 80’s, early 90’s with some Cubs teams too. The Cubs were showing the makings of a special nucleus in 1988 before it was demolished by some ownership and front office Cubbie occurrences. Let us digress.
Even the role players on this team are likeable. Including the players that likely aren’t going to be around for the long haul. Players like David DeJesus, Nate Scheirholtz, and yes- even Alfonso Soriano are easy to pull for these days. Don’t look now, but slowly but surely the Cubs are becoming kind of a thing again.
The Twitter chatter is there, the sports talk shows are talking about them again. Pretty soon there wont be so many empty seats either.
Well maybe some of the fans will still stay away until they think it’s the cool thing to do again. They will be missing out.
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