I've been a Chicago Cubs fan for as long as I can remember, having grown up watching them on TV with my great-grandfather who evenly distributed his time during games smoking his pipe and shouting at the players who for some reason kept ignoring his instructions to "Play better, darnit!" (He may or may not have used the word darnit, but we'll pretend he did in front of a 7-year-old for posterity sake.)
So, the 2012 season has been discouraging to say the least as the Cubs lost their 100th game of the season last night at home against Houston.
Not that I watched the game. In fact, I've paid very little attention to them this year, other than keeping up with the Cubs Den, which quickly became my favorite Cubs blog this year.
Yes, I acknowledge this makes me a bandwagon fan. But in my defense, I've watched MANY losing seasons before this one. I just could never gear myself up for this season. I focused on pro basketball at the beginning of the baseball season, played World of Warcraft between the end of basketball and the start of the Olympics, watched just about all of the Olympics and then quickly transitioned to football. Bad Chicago Cubs baseball wasn't on the agenda.
This is too bad because the Cubs were my first sports love. And I'd love to love them again. And, who knows, it could be sooner rather than later. I'm an eternal optimist, like many of my fellow Cubs fans. As they say, just wait til next year.
• Joe Grace is a writer and journalist who lives in Chicago with his wife. He once helped the Cubs win the World Series as a rookie second baseman. Ah, the joy of video games. Learn even more about Joe by clicking on the About Joe Grace button at the top of this page.
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