Being a Fan

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Today, of course, is Fathers’ Day, and as such I had a good time with the family and especially with my son.  The wife will give me something else later (ha!) but we just finished watching Monsters, Inc., and playing Stratego and some card games.  It was very relaxing.  It’s almost as if the Cubs hadn’t lost a game and our world hadn’t suddenly ended.

That post, surprisingly, led to a bit of disorder on the internets, particularly on our Facebook page.  The tone of that post was unintentionally offensive and I apologize.  It is every fan’s right to be as frustrated and upset and angry with the team’s lack of winning baseball as they want to be and to express their emotions as a form of venting.  It might actually help them cool off in the long run.  However, the tone of that post would be decidedly different if not for the fact that on Twitter, according to various sources, many fans were taking their frustrations re: Carlos Marmol way past being a fan and getting too personal, apparently even threatening death and ill will to Carlos and his family.  I can understand if Carlos Marmol committed an act of terrorism or raised your taxes or eliminated your health care benefits, but come on…he’s just throwing a baseball very poorly.  And that is why I wrote what I did; because I fear that Cubs fans have lost some of their perspective, and I feel that part of our responsibility here at World Series Dreaming is to be a source of information and education, and to bring a bit of balance to passionate fandom.

The idea behind the post was that it is frustrating that the Cubs lost a winnable game against a worse team with a closer that probably shouldn’t close, but it’s not worth the headache most fans seem to be putting themselves through.  It was wrong of me to put words into people’s mouths and to force my emotional detachment onto others, and for that I apologize.  The goal was not to be condescending or mocking, but I was genuinely incredulous that for all of you who follow our page and read our blogs (at least I hope you do), you seem to ignore the context of the big picture and that is for the Cubs to build a perennial contender.  Unfortunately, that means this year is not “the year” and that is depressing.  But our hope is that the reward is great and that our long periods of suffering will transform into spectacular glory.

Does this mean I’m not upset that Carlos Marmol blew the save?  Of course not.  Yeah, I did laugh out loud as I stated on my Twitter, but I didn’t throw things, I didn’t beat random people up in the street, and instead I just turned off the TV and went to walk my dog and play with the kid.  I get that people have different ways to cope and not everyone can be Vulcan about these things, but the reason that I wrote that post, again, was because of the knee-jerk reaction to one bad inning, albeit an inning that was by all rights quite predictable.  Losses do happen to every team, and the fact that it’s happening to the Cubs, our favorite team, makes it more depressing.  It gets annoying, it gets tiresome, and it does stress people out.

This does not, however, mean that the Cubs are just going to fire and release everyone.  It does help to be angry right away because that’s part of the stages of grief, and it helps us cope because we’re only human.  Even I do it.  But then I want to take a step back, clear my head, and try to figure out why things happened as they did, which was part of the idea behind that post.  There were only so many trustworthy tools in the shed, and unfortunately some of them couldn’t be used or were broken. That’s what happens in a rebuild.  And that’s how my thought process works, because I try to put things in context with the blogs that I write for this site.  I think context is very important and I won’t apologize for trying to keep things in context.

I will, however, apologize for telling people how to be fans.  Fans are what makes sport possible, because we want to see the best athletes perform feats of strength and ability that make us go “WOW” rather than “DAMMIT.”  Sports isn’t possible without passion, and we appreciate all the passionate and dedicated fans who follow the Cubs and who follow our blog.  If you intend to be frustrated and angry, more power to you.  If you decide not to patronize the Cubs by buying tickets or merchandise, that is your right and totally understandable.  We have gained many fans over the years but have lost a few because our philosophies differed too much or because we may have said something wrong.  To those who decide to leave, we are sorry to see you go and hope you return someday.  To those who stayed but who have been offended, we also apologize (well, *I* apologize because this is mostly my fault) because we certainly didn’t intend for it to turn out this way.  We want to have fun, we want to educate and we want to have a huge group of people to celebrate with when finally, the Cubs go all the way.

Thank you as always for reading World Series Dreaming.  Have a great rest of your Fathers’ Day.

About Rice Cube

Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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