Myths are defined as traditional stories, particularly those meant to detail the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events. Vampires, werewolves, Atlantis, El Dorado, etc; I was going to throw mutual orgasm in there too, but this is a family show so I left it out. Then again, that's cat's out of the bag anyway at this point. So, moving on...
These are the stories told to us by parents and grandparents in order to keep us in line as children, or perhaps they are idyllic places, the search for which drives us onward in the face of futility. Huh, kinda sounds like the Cubs, doesn't it? By an large we all grew up with them, probably with guidance from our elders. And we keep following in the hopes that one day, maybe, we'll get to see the promised land.
But is it all just a myth? I'd like to look at some arguments for and against the case of the Chicago Cubs being able to win a World Series, separating myth from fact to find (pregnant pause) The Truth.
The Cubs have had great prospects before, and look how Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, and Hee-Seop Choi turned out.
Hey, don't forget Kevin Orie, Brant Brown, Brooks Kieshnick, and the rest of the gang. Listen, there's no doubt that the Cubs have seen their fair share of players with fanfare flare, so there's reason to beware. But this current crop is beyond compare, so prepare; I swear, you shouldn't be scared. I feel like I just channeled Dr. Suess.
There's no such thing as unicorns, the Tooth Fairy, or the "clutch gene."
Wrong. Javier Baez is a unicorn and Kris Bryant's smile is proof of the Tooth Fairy. I can't really refute that last one though, lest my stat-head pals slice me to ribbons with their SABR's. And I'll throw one more out there: though he keeps getting his wings clipped, Jorge Soler might be a Pegasus.
Evan, your teams never win titles.
Okay, so it's true that no team I follow closely has won a title in over a quarter century; you might have me there. The Bears haven't won since '85 (well, technically, '86, but you get my drift), IU hasn't raised a banner since '87, and Notre Dame hasn't won since '88.
But my work softball team won the Tuesday Business League championship in three straight seasons, so there. And I jumped on the Blackhawks bandwagon a couple times, so that totally disproves the myth. Or something.
The Cubs ownership doesn't care about winning, just about packing Wrigley and making money.
This is perhaps the worst of all bad Cubs narratives, but I'm going to address it again anyway. In fact, I don't care that this horse is a dead Clydesdale, I'm still going to beat it. Yes, Cubs ownership wants to make money; any business owner is there to, say it with me: make money!
What? You can vilify the capitalist pig all you want, but there's a reason this is called a "professional" sport. And whether you like him or not (and I'm not much of a fan), Tom Ricketts didn't become wealthy by being an idiot. Sure, have a rich dad helped, but Tom's done well for himself nonetheless.
And there's this funny thing about rich people: they're usually not happy just making a little bit of money if there's more out there. And Tom Ricketts can make more money by filling Wrigley Field. I know that haterz gon' hate on this one, but it's pretty simple to do the math and see that packing another half million butts into the Friendly Confines would pay out.
Not to mention that a winning product garners more money from sponsorships, ads, and TV. So yeah, the Cubs ownership cares about making money, as they should. But if they're concerned with making as much money as possible, then they also want to win.
You write about yourself too much and only your mother cares about it.
Actually, that's not a myth at all; that's pretty much an immutable truth.
When you boil it all down, it's impossible to say whether or not a Cubs World Series title is a myth. A pipe dream? Maybe. But this organization is like a rubber band right now. It may appear to be moving backwards, but it's actually building tension force as it does so, storing potential energy.
Sure, it's possible that the the band is stretched too far, snapping it and releasing all the energy haphazardly. But we're already seeing the first signs that the potential is building toward a critical mass. Once Theo Epstein and Co. release that rubber band, the Cubs could well rocket into contention in short order.
We can debate strategy and history until we're all Cubbie blue in the face, but I still continue to believe that some myths are real, that the impossible can and will happen. It might look a little more like a nightmare right now, but that could all be replaced by unicorns and sparkly rainbows very soon.
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