Chicago Cubs Should Trademark The “Wait ‘Til Next Year” Slogan
Posted by sportsmaven on October 5, 2008
It’s been over an hour since RF Alfonso Soriano took the last of his pitiful swings to end the season for the Chicago Cubs and I am still pissed off. I, like millions of other people, am a Chicago Cubs fan and again, we have been turned into a mockery again by the very team that we live and die for.
WE have become a national laughingstock, a total joke. There are hundreds and thousands of Cubs fans in the city of Chicago, as well as all over the world that are angry tonight after the Cubs were swept out of the 2008 playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles newspapers accuse Cub fans of giving up after being down in Game 1. TBS showed shot after shot of grieving, somber Cubs fans after both Game 1 and Game 2, heads in their hands, stunned beyond belief.
Practically every person associated with Cubs management has sounded off about how there are no such things as curses caused by billy goats, that those things are the concoctions of the imaginations of over-restless fans and yet Cubs management felt the need to sneak in a Greek Orthodox priest to Wrigley Field to splash holy water over the Cubs dugout hours before the start of Game 1only to get caught by a TBS camera crew who showed up early to set up for the Game 1 telecast, thus broadcasting this absurd event to the entire baseball watching audience.
This Cubs team had brought so much pride and joy to Cub fans in a magical regular season with 97 wins, and a second consecutive, NL Central Division Championship. In three short playoff games, this very Cubs team has brought shame and embarassment to Cubs fans all over the world. Extinguished all the wonderful, inspiring, positive feelings about Cubs baseball in 27 innings of the worst playoff baseball played in recent memory — by ANY team. I don’t care what Lou Piniella or any of the 25 guys in the Cubs locker room says – this season was a failure, no other word to describe the end result.
It’s not that the Cubs lost, it’s the ridiculous manner in which they lost. It’s not that the Cubs played their hearts out and just got beat by a superior team, because that wasn’t the case at all. The Cubs lost because they failed to show up to play. No hitting, no pitching, and no fielding. A pathetic, lifeless effort by every member of this Cubs team. Not one player played good baseball in this series. Cubs P Ryan Dempster said in tonight’s post-game interview that the Dodgers just brought more energy to the series than the Cubs. How utterly ridiculous is that? The Cubs just have a tendency to play appallingly bad baseball at the absolute worst possible time.
Of course, we’ll all have the offseason for the anger to diminish, the Cubs will be back next season and we’ll do this all over again for the 101st consecutive season without a World Championship. We’ll also be entering our 64th year without making the World Series. We may even have a new owner that will do whatever it takes to erase those indignified statistics. If next season’s Cubs make the playoffs again, I’m sure the pressure will still be there, the statistics will still be there. The Cubs are not the New York Yankees. They don’t make the playoffs every year. Opportunities are few and far between and the Cubs blew this one in a disgusting, embarassing, shameful, uninspiring and lacksidasical, manner. Wait ’til next year?