I just checked and we haven’t actually posted a blog since October, when we had an inkling but weren’t totally sure that the Cubs were going to hamstring the budget like they are. So here I am, waiting for my car’s oil change and other potential service, tapping away on my phone. It is amazing that just decades after Star Trek showed us a world of possibility, we have these supercomputers at our fingertips doing almost everything including providing limited bioscans. Too bad my notifications aren’t blowing up with Cubs transactions, but them’s the breaks now.
Anyway, I’ve been busy tending to my family, holding down a job, and trying to save up to buy a house of our own (don’t get me started about California property prices, sheesh). Anno of course has his own growing family, and our priorities have shifted a bit. we still love the Cubs, of course, but I don’t think I’ll be able to commit extensive time to blogging and podcasting until I can get a place of our own. That doesn’t mean we won’t still have fun…for example, I’ve tried this internet fiction thing that’s like Choose Your Own Adventure:
it would be fun to get more votes, but I can’t tell you what to do.
As Spring Training begins next week and the season is less than two months away, the Cubs seem happy to stand pat and try to shed salary to reset their luxury tax penalties. This I understand from a business perspective, but as a fan, it really does suck, especially when I finally got a shot at buying season tickets but 1) can’t afford them and 2) don’t even live in the city anymore. From my viewpoint, it makes no sense to invest that much into tickets when the team itself isn’t interested in keeping this train rolling. But of course I will still watch, even as the roster turnover continues. I really hope this doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to core guys like Kris Bryant or Willson Contreras, but in modern baseball, that’s what we have to expect too. Doesn’t mean we have to like it!
With the Astros scandal still brewing and the Red Sox investigation about to conclude, not to mention the continued battles between MLB and the Players Association, this is an uncertain time for baseball. That doesn’t even take into account the rules changes coming up, which include the three-batter minimum for pitchers and an expanded roster. I’m sure many of you have read about the projections, and this Cubs team could be a surprise division leader, or more likely finish fourth. I think, given our lack of expectations, we will just have to wait and see. I think this is different than when Theo Epstein first took over, in that we have a popular ex-Cub as manager, and a good chunk of the core we’ve grown to love still hanging around for the time being. It is easy to bet that they’ll win at least 83 games or so. It may be a leap of faith to expect more, but this isn’t as impossible as way back then. For me, anyway, it is a comforting thought that they won’t be Orioles bad.
I’ll try to check in again before Cactus League play begins, but my car is ready now, so until next time…and vote in the #IntFic already!