Remember when a cotton t-shirt which read “F*ck the Goat” had turned the Cubs season around?
It was supposed to be a unifying piece of apparel, like a NASCAR cut off sleeve shirt in Southern Indiana.
It was supposed to galvanize a team of listless and seemingly unmotivated millionaires.
And…for a bit-it seemed to inexpicably work.
Cubs players unveiled the shirt on June 13th, and to the delight of blue bleeding eternal optimists, subsequently took 3 of 4 from the 1st place Brewers, followed by a series opening victory against the Yankees in front of 42,000 plus at an electric Wrigley Field (Doug Davis got the win btw).
So on June 17th, the Cubs were 29-40 overall, and 4-1 since the debut of the magical shirt made for around $1.38 (That’s 1/90,614,006 of the Cubs Payroll btw).
Since then, the Cubbies have gone 9-18, making them 38-58 overall, which is good-or bad enough, for the 2nd worst record in all of baseball.
For the record, as you probably know, the Houston Astros own the league’s worst record at 31-64. The Cubs have played the role of unlovable loser in 4 of 6 contests against the Astros this season-including an embarassing three game sweep at Wrigley at the end of May. (Albeit pre Goat Shirt )
Speaking of three wins in a row, 96 games into the season, the Cubs are still chasing this seemingly elusive achievement. Unfortunately, this doesn’t figure to change in the coming days, given that the MLB best 59-35 Phillies are in town.
So I guess what it boils down to is this-
Granted, the Cubs have the second worst record in baseball (and the third highest ticket prices).
Granted, their second worst in the Majors -98 run differential means they’re not just losing, but losing badly.
Granted, noone wants their overpaid and over-the-hill players.
Granted, fans appear to have “had enough”. (7,000 plus no shows yesterday)
They are 5-3 in extra inning games.
They’ll always have the magical, shirt inspired run of June 13-17.
Be Good Friends,