Let the offseason rumor frenzy commence.
Tons of speculation about ‘who’ and ‘for what’ will go on, mixed with a murmur of players changing profile pictures on social media, and using a questionable emoji when posting a picture of them sporting teamless apparel with a certain famous field as their backdrop.
I cannot get on board with all that. There's no use feeding that fire. Its rampant enough and people don’t need help to feel panic and uncertainty. They live in the drama. I have 2 preteen daughters and another that forgets she only 6. I have plenty of drama in my life.
We’ve been told this offseason we need to “take the trade rumors with a mouthful of salt” by a trusty leader of the Chicago Cubs front office. I get what he did there, but was it necessary?
These men are professionals, guided by agents and outside sources who all get to see what the general public says daily. Does he really think he can shelter them from the harm of words? Does he think these men haven’t been in situations before where their name is brought up in business transactions?
They live in a different world, a world where each one of them is king, and they have more power over their situation then they realize or care to address. Some days I get so frustrated with how attached I become to players, forgetting they are human and have their own idea of what is fair. I also forget how they are being led in different directions by different hands for different reasons, not always keeping in mind what is best for the player himself.
What it boils down to is, I have started to resent agents more and more. They are not the only ones to blame but right now they are the easiest. They are like the offseason dragons.
While this offseason continues on thru the GM meetings, keep a couple things in mind... (brace yourself for the positivity parade)...
1. We experienced a miraculous event while in the hands of the current “in-charge” for the Chicago Cubs. It took some magic, but it happened. It can happen again.
2. Have faith. Yes, we have a lot of time in the offseason as baseball fans but we are not the professionals, we are not people in positions to predict or know (unless you are reading this with a blue check next to your name, thank you for the click and keep doing great work). Its best for the mind and your baseball soul to leave the crazy hypotheticals to the people who get paid to do it. Yes, it is fun to talk about on social media and by the water cooler, but remember and have faith, the people that are paid to do those actual jobs work long and hard to give us a great on-field product using the resources they have been afforded.
3. Don’t get sucked into what everyone is “telling you”. Have your own opinion about a player based on what you see. Its ok! If the majority is saying ‘he is horrible at defense’ but you had never thought that when watching him play, keep your opinion. It may not be popular but it’s yours.
4. Lastly, enjoy the ride. Think about how many offseasons you have experienced during your fandom. Now think about how many opening days didn’t happen because of a horrible offseason. I'll venture to guess everyone’s number is 0.
I know it feels like the wait until spring is forever. The news will be slow, and the Cubs have so many holes. The path from here to the first day of spring ball will have ups and downs. Enjoy it! Not too many people can say they enjoy anything as much as we love Chicago Cubs baseball!
Until next time……..
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