The Chicago Cubs season has been in the books for about a week now, and there are still fans that could be heard complaining about the fact that the Cubs’ lost 100+ games this season. To those fans, I suggest you all do some research before making another comment about the Cubs. Forgive this rant, but it seems that there is minor-but growing sentiment that Theo Epstein may be going about this rebuild approach the wrong way. The cornerstone of their argument are the fact that the Cubs’ are in a big market, and thus, do not have to follow the traditional rebuild that smaller market teams follow. Those fans are quick to point out the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks went from worst to first in the 2011 season.
Need I remind those fans that the Diamondbacks were 81-81 during the 2012 season and finished third in the National League West Division. While the Diamondbacks finished the season with a .500 record, the team failed to make the post-season. In Major League Baseball, nothing else matters if a team does not make the post-season. Epstein is going about the Cubs’ rebuild the right way. The Cubs are not trying to be an “all-in” team that fades after one season, the Cubs’ front office is striving to build a team that endures constant success and is perennial post-season contender. The Cubs are going to do this by not spending money, but rather building the organization through the farm system. That is why despite what the record may indicate, the Cubs had a successful season as they have discovered what could be the back-bone of their long term future in Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler. Call To The Pen also shares my same belief in the reasons why Cubs fans should fine reasons to celebrate about what the future holds for the Cubs’ organization.
Don’t get me wrong, I still do enjoy most of the commentary that Cubs fans have about the organization. For that reason, I tasked Cubbies Cribs followers on twitter and our Facebook page to review the Cubs season with one tweet/comment and this is the response I got.
From Andrew Stewart On Facebook:
the cubs dynasty has started……
From Steve Ragan On Facebook:
This could be to painful for me……