Chicago Cubs: Stop worrying about the drought and focus on the future
It isn’t easy being a fan of a team who has one of the longest championship droughts in the history of professional sports. But still, the Chicago Cubs have one of the strongest followings no matter how good or bad they are playing.
Sure, some bandwagon fans emerge from the shadows here and there, especially last season after they reached the National League Championship Series. I’m not one who is quick to judge those fans as long as they don’t abandon the Cubbies if they find themselves in a slump.
Now, if you haven’t heard, both the Cubs and New York Yankees twitter handles got into a little bit of back-and-forth battle not too long ago and of course, the Bronx Bombers brought ‘rings’ into the mix.
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There’s no doubt that the Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in all of sports. Dating back to 1923, the Yankees have won a total of 27 World Series titles, 40 American League pennants on top of 18 A.L. East division titles with eight Wild Card berths.
It would be foolish to compare both teams, so we’re not even going to do that here. Some of the greatest baseball players to ever step foot on the mound, batters box and event the diamond itself, wore those infamous pinstripes.
You have Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Roger Clemens, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Don Mattingly, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, and even Joe Torre who helped lead this team to four World Series titles.
When looking at that list of talent, there’s nothing but love and respect for guys who paved the way for the younger generation. A generation that is representing not only the rest of Major League Baseball but the Chicago Cubs as well.
Whether other fans like it or not, those Lovable Losers on the North Side of the Windy City are only going to get stronger from here on out. This isn’t a team that’s full of guys who will disappear within two or three years, they have their entire career ahead of them and are under team control through most of it.
Long-term deals will follow and other free agents, such as Jason Heyward, Jon Lester, Ben Zobrist, are going to see this team as a destination of choice as time goes on. Last season was only the beginning.
Making the jump from 73 wins in 2014 to 97 in 2015 was absolutely huge and beautiful to see. Not only because they improved, but they proved to the world that they are, indeed, a sleeping giant who just so happens to be opening its eyes.
So for those who continue to bash this organization for the lack of rings, brace yourselves. Because sooner rather than later, the Chicago Cubs are coming for not only the National League pennant, but the title of World Series Champion as well.