"We can't speed it up, we can't make time move faster."
-Theo Epstein on with CSN
I led a very sped up life Monday through Friday. My day is speckled with time markers which help move along the monotony of everyday adult life a bit faster. "Just get to the 11am meeting. Just get to lunch. Just get to your 3 pm coffee refill. Just get to 5 pm. Just get home." Sometimes the world around me moves in a blur with very few details piercing the veil of "stuff" I've put between me and reality. It helps me make it from Monday to Friday, but in the process I lose a lot of the nuance that makes up life. I have to remind myself to stop and enjoy the absurdity of the human existence.
Unfortunately for me, stopping to appreciate the little things doesn't last for very long. Human nature has developed to need instant gratification or enough distractions to make the waiting easier and I've definitely gone along for the ride. It's Quixotic to wax against the way we're headed, we're going to keep wanting faster and quicker and better and we'll want it now. It's just how it is.
Lost in our quest for the next now is how we interpret processes that do take time. Why does this construction project take so long? Why is my checkout lane not moving faster? Where did all this traffic come from? Why aren't the Cubs good yet?
The last tidbit there is why we're here, really. I remember how overwhelmingly positive the fan reaction was to Theo's hiring, and how it remained positive even as he said things that meant time would be the main ingredient to the Cubs rebuilding effort. Time would be the crux holding the whole thing together. Time is what the Cubs needed and they would take time to build this project up.
Baseball's learning curve is just different than the other sports. Sure, Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have all made it to the major league level and are playing very well but they are the exceptions that prove the rule. Baseball is an athletic competition governed by skills and learning those skills takes time. Recognizing and differentiating a curveball from a fourseam fastball from a changeup from a sinker takes time and repetition. Good fielding mechanics, solid baserunning, pitchability, all of that takes time and repetition. It's not immediate.
The fruits of the Cubs' labor have yet to fully show themselves. Our dreams reside in minor league stadiums and in the red country of Arizona. It's entirely possible that the Cubs will fail, the prospects will bust out and this will be a Pittsburgh Pirates situation, but it's too early to tell one way or the other. As Louis CK said, just give it a minute.
I don't know what happens for this organization in 5 years, I just know what I think will happen. It's fine to believe as you believe, but the certainty of an opinion in either direction bothers me.
We just don't know right now.
We need some more time.