Embarrassing losses are going to happen, but don’t let it get you down Chicago Cubs fans. Your team is still really good.
As the great Sam Elliot said in ‘The Big Lebowski,’ “sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.” On Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs had to rely on a Ben Zobrist double in the eighth inning in order to avoid being no-hit by Chase Anderson and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Needless to say, Cubs fans were upset. It’s understandable; the Brewers had a seven-game home losing streak, and the Cubs are just a far superior team. These types of losses are hard to take, but they are unavoidable.
The Cubs are off to a ridiculously hot start this season, and that has given way to some unrealistic expectations. Cubs’ hitters have been mashing, the pitching staff has been phenomenal, and their run differential has been historically good.
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But they aren’t invincible, and they aren’t immune to having bad days. Consider the fact that even after this loss, the Cubs still hold a 6.5 game lead in the division.
They’re still a really good ball club. Maybe the best in the league, though Gerrit Cole would disagree with that sentiment.
Don’t let nights like this one ruin the fun. The Cubs are going lose some games. In 2001, the Seattle Mariners achieved the best regular season record in baseball history by going 116-46.
Losing 46 games made the Mariners historically good. The Cubs season loss total is currently at a measly 10. If they only lost another 50-55 games, give or take a few, that would still be fantastic.
Cubs fans will need to keep lofty expectations in check. It’s a long season and the Cubs are going to have their ups and downs. Every team in the league is going to suffer a handful (or more) of cringe-worthy losses.
That’s not cause to worry. If they fail to rebound anytime soon, then we can talk about worrying. I’m no stranger to Cubs related frustrations, but for the time being, let’s stay realistic.
It’s only game one of the series, and if the Cubs can manage to win the next two, Tuesday’s game will become a distant memory. Look at the bright side, Jason Heyward hit his first homer as a member of the Cubs!
In life and in baseball, you have to learn to take the good with the bad. I promise you, this team is still extraordinarily good. Chin up, Cubs fans.