Friday, May 13, 2016
On Inexplicability, Inevitability, and the Cubs
In 2014, the Cubs had a lineup that included Nate Schierholtz, Arismendy Alcantara, Junior Lake, Mike Olt and Darwin Barney, along with a pitching rotation that included Edwin Jackson and Tsuyoshi Wada. Not surprisingly, they came in last that year.
I'm finding it very hard believe that that Cubs team was able to turn it around to the point where, in 2015, they almost made it to the World Series, and now in 2016 they're off to a mammoth start and are leading the MLB in victories.
Under Joe Maddon, they've developed a goldmine of roster, including people like Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Ben Zobrist and Jon Lester, all plucked from other rosters, and all playing pretty damned well right now. The farm system has also flourished, with homegrown talents like Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, and, yes, Kris Bryant, leading the pack. The fact that Maddon's leadership could turn a last place laughingstock of a team into a force to be reckoned with is pretty impressive.
The one thing I'm worried about with this Cubs team being so amazing, is the fact that something this inevitable in May usually has a hard time staying plausible by the time October hits. I'm hoping that everything that's being said right now isn't jinxing something that could potentially happen in October.
And I WANT this to happen. Desperately. If I had to wait 108 years for something, I'd be frantic. I feel for all these Cubs fans who've suffered through absolute shit for the longest time, and I want this to happen, and I want the Cubs to stay as amazing as they are right now for the rest of the damn season. Likeliness my ass. I want this to happen, and so what if everybody's jinxing it.
This squad, I think, has enough talent and power to beat the curse. The 2007 Red Sox had that power. The 2009 Saints had that power. And now I think these Cubs have it.
Coming Tomorrow- A star pitcher for the surprisingly-surging Mariners.