Note: the following is a guest post from a Cubs fan, Nicholas Fisch, who made the trip to Wrigley Field on Sunday to watch the Cubs sweep the Astros. Every now and then we will post a guest blog so if you have some thoughts and you’d like us to share them with however many readers we actually have, use the contact form above or find us through Facebook and we’ll get on it. Enjoy!
I knew the 2012 Cubs would struggle. I was cheering for the team to struggle. I wanted the Cubs to get the first pick. I went to the game on July 1cheering for the Cubs for the day. I left Wrigley cheering for this rebuild, led by Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro.
When I arrived in the Wrigleyville area, I was surprised with how much Rizzomania had hit already. There were many fans wear his name and number on a t-shirt and a shirt that said “Fo Shizzo my Rizzo.” I just hope that Rizzo doesn’t fall victim to enormous expectations placed on him by the Cub faithful. I also was impressed with the twenty million dollars spent by Tom Ricketts on the Cubs store in the McDonald’s lot.
As the game went on, I began to think about the Cubs being relevant again in the future. The teams in 2007-08 felt bought with MLB ready talent. Alfonso Soriano, Ted Lilly, and Mark DeRosa were among the players acquired in free agency. Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee were acquired via trade. The only prospects I can think of from those teams were Felix Pie, Geovany Soto, and Carlos Marmol. Despite Rizzo being acquired from the Padres this past winter, I feel that he wasn’t a proven MLB veteran like much of 07-08 teams were.
In the three run sixth inning, I found myself standing and cheering for the Cubs for the first time ever in 2012. I haven’t felt that much excitement for the Cubs since the 2007-08 teams. I think that when the Cubs become relevant again, the impact will be felt across the world.
Since the Cubs were broadcast on WGN early in their founding, and the immense following they have garnered across the world, I think it would be of great benefit for the Cubs to be successful. I sat next to a family from New Zealand yesterday at the game, and I was impressed that despite the massive overhaul, that there were people still attracted to see the Cubs and Astros on a getaway day. I just couldn’t imagine the crowd and energy behind a playoff contending team full of exciting players like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro.
Even though this year I was rooting for a higher draft pick, I’ve now shifted my focus onto the Cubs’ development of prospects. After seeing so many prospects in my fandom flop, I can only hope that Rizzo proves to be successful. His and the team’s success wouldn’t only affect Wrigleyville, I also believe it would be felt worldwide.