For The Cubs, All Good Things—

Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals

It’s kind of fitting that Jeff Samardzija was supposed to start yesterday but in the deal to the Athletics, the Cubs fell 13-0 to the Nationals yesterday. I have a theory though, now bear with me on this; Carlos Villanueva hasn’t been the same since the mustache came off. I don’t think the Cub’s loss was a result of Hamell and Samardzija being traded. It came down to the Mustache. The “Villan” was only on the mound for two and some change innings. He was no longer the Villan.

“Samardzija was here for a while and Hammel was a good guy here, but they’re gone now,” Villanueva said. “Tomorrow, other guys are going to come in, and they’re going to be our brothers here. You get forgotten quick. They’ll love those guys over there in Oakland now. When they leave, they’ll probably be sad for a couple days. But you’ve got to keep working because, ultimately, we are here to do a job.”

That job, Cubs fans, and there should be a support group for us who deal with the rollercoaster of emotions that this team goes through on a daily basis. We deal with a pledge by Theo Epstein that this is all part of the plan to be “Committed” and the “Cubs Way of Life” but for Dave at Cubs Crossings How long will that take? This year? Next Year? We’re patient folks us Cub’s fans but sometimes the frustration is well, frustrating that they should have a competitive team. That after 105 years No championship? That’s crazy, but I believe in Theo’s plan. It’s not for everyone but let’s face it, Samardzija had to go and now the torch is passed onto Jake Arrieta to lead the pitching staff with Travis Wood.

“I really feel there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Epstein said. “We appreciate our fans’ patience and we’re working extremely hard to reward them with a team they can be proud of for a long time at Wrigley Field. This group has a chance to stay together and our fans have a chance to get to know them, and not just for one or two years.”

There’s the rub. Fans want a team to stick around for a long time. The Cubs faithful need that and deserve that from the organization. Sure, it would be a quick fix to go out and spend gobs of money on a band aid solution but where will that lead? Soriano? Done it. Ramirez? Nope. Building from the ground up is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

Theo Epstein is a student of Sabermetrics or he just wants to be like Billy Beane. Changing the culture of the team and players coming into the organization respecting the history of the team and believing in the common goal will happen. Right now, thirty years old is ancient on the team. That’s exciting. The Cubs now have the best system in baseball and if a Wild Card doesn’t happen this year, and it’s highly unlikely, but not totally off base, then next year if players are called up then the Cubs will be there and good times will be back at Wrigley Field.

Believe It.

—Mark

4 comments

  1. Dave · July 6, 2014

    What scares me is the footprint left in Boston. One year to the next, inconsistency.

    Theo is working up a stockpile of reasonably good maybes in the minor leagues. I am not advocating for anything different than, what he is doing. Prospects are always a maybe until they’re in the bigs. That’s when we know for sure.
    I am however, advocating Theo expands those horizons to simultaneously help the MLB franchise.

    Theo is not working magic here. And yes, Cubs fans have been patient enough since Theo came on board.

    I’m not looking for that immediate post season team. That will come. However, Theo is way over due in putting up a competitive squad outside of the cellar.

    You can only build from the ground up if, the ground is a solid foundation.

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  2. Mark Gauthier · July 7, 2014

    I think inconsistency has been a major problem with the Cubs over the years and Theo could be building a plan to remedy that, but of course, we’ll sceptical until the Cubs Go All The Way.

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  3. Rob DMC · July 7, 2014

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that sees the correlation between Villanueva’s performance and his sweet mustache. He needs it back, pronto.

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  4. Mark Gauthier · July 7, 2014

    He rocks it!!!

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