In Joe we trust…Still
He trusts in each of the players on the roster to dig deep and figure out what they need to do. The same players you want to “trade or demote” are the same ones that lead the way last season. And before you say “It’s all because the Cubs were to cheap to sign Dexter Fowler.” Well, as disappointing as Schwarber has been? .313 to .286 is the difference in on-base percentage. Fowler wouldn’t be “saving the day” with those numbers. It’s a team failure, not a missing link issue. The Cubs need to play their way out of this–and they will.
The reason the Cubs keep saying that the solutions are “on the 25-man roster” is that they are. Outside of Kris Bryant, Jon Jay and Heyward, nobody is hitting the ball. The Cubs won’t keep hitting–or not hitting–like this all year. Regress to the mean works both ways. It can come up as much as it can down, and the Cubs are going to find their way back.
I heard from so many fans about how now that the Cubs had won, they could die happy and didn’t care if they won again. Turns out that was BS. I never wanted to remain the “lovable losers” forever, but what some fans have become might be even worse. Dig down Cubs’ fans. Remember why you were a fan. It wasn’t because of a World Series; it was because of players like Ryne Sandberg, Ernie Banks or Ron Santo. Some of you feel entitled to “better baseball” when you never acted like that before. Because the Cubs were the Cubs, regardless of the outcome. You loved them because of the team that they were, and no other reason would change that. Those are the fans I want to see again. That’s Cubs Nation.