It has been a year of disappointment and frustration for Cubs’ fans. The Cubs’ have yet to make any moves to fill the glaring holes at first base and the lead off position. Time is running out and Cubs’ fans are getting nervous. What are the Cubs going to do?
The 2010 season was lost from the very beginning. The season brought many disappointments along the way. After Lou Piniella suddenly retired, Mike Quade took over and brought some renewed hope to Chicago. He managed to motivate the players and the Cubs finished strong. A glimmer of things to come?
Following the season, the managerial search was on. Fans argued over who should be the next manager. Ryne Sandberg and Joe Girardi were amongst the names that most believed would win the job. Of course, the Cubs decided on Mike Quade, who earned the position with the strong finish. Many diehard Cubs’ fans were angered that Sandberg wasn’t named manager, others were mad that Girardi never had the opportunity to interview. In the end, it didn’t matter what Cubs’ fans wanted, the Cubs had made their choice.
Next came the off season. The Cubs have many holes to fill, particularly first base. The Cub faithful once again started a debate. Who should the Cubs acquire? Many Cubs’ blogs have made suggestions. The Cub Den, http://cubden.mlblogs.com/ and Strictly Cubs Baseball, http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/ have explored all of the possibilities. I, myself, have made some suggestions. Unfortunately, our suggestions have seemingly fallen on deaf ears. Do the Cubs actually listen to the fans? Do they acknowledge what the fans want? It has been my opinion that they do not. Of course, I understand that the Cubs have all the experts that share their input when it comes to assembling a team. That’s what they get paid to do. However, since the fans are the ones that support the team, shouldn’t the Cubs take a more active interest in what the fans want? I think so. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any evidence of that. I suppose that we should leave the management to the professionals, but I would like to believe that the Cubs care about the fans. Obviously, the fans have a thousand opinions and not all of them are wonderful, but some are.
So what is my point to all of this?
I would like the Cubs to listen a little more closely to us diehard fans, that’s all. Sometimes we feel ignored. Many of us wanted the Cubs to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, but he got away.
As the Winter Meetings get under way, the Cubs need to get busy filling holes. The Cubs haven’t done anything yet and other teams are swooping down and plucking players left and right. Hopefully, the Cubs will make some moves that will earn the fans’ respect again. Cubs’ fans don’t want to wait till 2 or 3 years before the team competes. We want to compete each and every year. Baseball should be exciting, not disappointing. On that note, Jim Hendry needs to get busy. Cubs’ fans are getting restless.