Mother’s Stand By Their Cubs

Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

No offense, but the Cubs were anything but yesterday. The good news is it was Mother’s Day so no matter what the box score looked like, at least their Moms still love them.

Naw, I’m just kidding. I hate the Atlanta Braves. Believe it or not, I like the Yankees and the Cardinals more than I like the Atlanta Braves. So, it comes with great disgust to see the Braves beat up on the struggling Cubs. Really. It. Does.

There’s going to be good days, but there’s going to be even worse days for the Northsiders and yesterday was one of those days.

Edwin Jackson had a great outing and it’s awesome to see that since last year’s travesty of a season. Maybe that’s too harsh of a word, but for the Cubs, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

“Are these guys the final product? No. That’s my answer,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “These players are not the final product. There’s a lot of skill in these guys and they’re just not completely there yet. They’re chipping away.

Well, I don’t completely agree with Renteria there. Yeah, he’s got a point but did he just give his players a vote of confidence or did he just throw them under the bus? I’d be asking for my walking papers if a manager told me that. “Don’t worry, Mark’s not the final product.” I’d feel a lot less better about myself. Great managing Rick.

All right, all right I know what you mean, but guys like Mike Olt, Anthony Rizzo, the much improved Starlin Castro, Emilio Bonifacio and I can name a whole bunch of other guys who work their tails off. The players know it sucks not winning games. Do the Cubs need Bryant, Soler and Baez? You better believe it, but the guys playing now are the guys who have the potential to perhaps, now don’t lynch me here, but gain a wild card spot.

Don’t toss em’ under that bus, Rick. Be their manager, encourage them. Believe in them when everyone else doesn’t.

Yesterday, we went out to a ballpark and hit the balls around. My three year old son Darcy, was crouched down like Castillo with his glove covering his face. Sure he was playing shortstop like his favourite guy Starlin Castro but I cringed every time he tried to catch the ball without wearing a mask. When he took his turn at bat, I told him to swing like Starlin. He knew who he was. He stared me down when I tossed him the ball and he screamed when he missed.

Why? Because Darcy believed he will hit that ball.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Even though they lost, Mom’s will always believe in their Cubs.

—Mark

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