The title of this one is a reference not only to the Chicago Cubs, but also to the fact that I haven’t blogged in a while and figured I should probably set up some kind of work-life balance to try to squeeze something out on a regular basis. Perhaps starting a new job (as of next week) will help, as the last one was very stressful and left me sorely lacking in energy to do much else other than sharing a post on Facebook or Twitter (and don’t get me started about how bad I am at updating the Instagram).
However, as a Cubs fan, there isn’t much to get excited about thus far in the offseason. Putting aside the fact that the pandemic has forced–nay, encouraged–MLB’s billionaire owners to tighten their purse strings, many teams, including the Cubs, have acted incredibly cheap. It is understandable that without fans and with a shorter scheduling, revenues have dropped, but it’s hard to believe that their margins are so normally razor-thin that owners can’t weather the storm and have to start holding fire sales. Getting a peek at the books would be enlightening, but I doubt that will ever happen.
In the short term, we’ve seen the Cubs, a team that should command proportionately more revenue that most of the league, operate as though the family is going bankrupt and everything must go. Yu Darvish was shipped out (to his surprise, even) for what seemed like a subpar prospect package, and the rumors continue to circulate that Kris Bryant might be next. We are seeing the end of the road for the core that won it all in 2016, and while I will always be grateful for that year, to see all that built-up goodwill and momentum go to waste so soon is definitely disappointing.
But perhaps, as the excitement of a new job looms for me, so too will the Cubs start a new path in 2021. The pandemic continues to be a problem, but with vaccines on the market and new leadership to try to curb the spread and contain the disease, it might not be too long before fans can go to games at the ball park again. Maybe that will jump start the baseball economy and stop teams from selling off their players for pennies on the dollar.
A lot of this will depend on whether we and our fellow citizens can heed the science and look out for each other for the greater good. And while this is sort of extreme, maybe if the Ricketts are actually broke, they should just sell the Cubs to someone with more money. I hate having to brace for unpopular transactions such as when the Darvish trade broke, but that seems to be the reality for the Cubs now, and hopefully they can rebound in the long term. In the short term, since the rest of the division is also acting poor, the Cubs might end up winning the division anyway, so yay!
I’ll check in again closer to whenever they start spring training (depending on what happens with Arizona and the Cactus League).
Perhaps by then, we might actually know how baseball is supposed to be played since they’re still haggling about the designated hitter rule. In the meantime, I’m going to look forward to my new job and having some fun with that.