Here’s a scenario:
What if the Cubs don’t win it all this year? Back to the Future Part 2 was just fantasy and the Cubs finish at the bottom of the National League Central division.
It’s certainly a possibility that we should consider. Yeah, I’ll be disappointed along with Cubs fans all over the world but should the Cubs finish dead last what would happen then? Could the mighty team of Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein be canned? Would Joe Maddon be sent his walking papers and cycle all the way back to Florida?
This very well could happen and we should prepare for it.
The expectations are mighty and the Cubs certainly have the tools to make it to the post season at the very least, but I’m not expecting a World Series championship. No, my expectations are going to be different.
I’m expecting Javier Baez to hit a few balls out of the park. I’m expecting Anthony Rizzo to carry the torch that Ernie Banks has passed over to him and I’m expecting Kyle Hendricks to prove to the rest of the MLB what Cubs fans all ready know; This guy can be a future Cy Young winner. Jon Lester, Joe Maddon and Dexter Fowler were brought in to do their respective jobs. They won’t let us down, but it’s the rest of the team that needs to anchor it.
Here’s my proposition and it sounds crazy, corny and perhaps loony; but c’mon faithful Canuck Cubbie readers, that freakin’ Goat curse isn’t real.
Honour Steve Bartman.
Invite him back into Wrigley Field with open arms. Have a ceremony on Opening Day, hell maybe he should sing the National Anthem?
It was cruel and mean spirited what some fans did to him that day a long time ago. He didn’t deserve that chastisement that was brought upon him. He didn’t mess up the Cubs chances of a World Series appearance. He was just a fan doing what us fans do best; Grab a piece of history.
So, Steve Bartman, come out of the witness protection program. You see, if there really is a curse on our beloved North Siders, it’s not a Billy Goat being refused entrance; it’s a fan of the greatest team in all of baseball being ushered out by security because he just wanted a souvenir.