Chicago Cubs: Despite the frustrations, it is time to embrace the journey

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The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of one of the best stretches of any big league team in recent memory. Despite the frustrations, it’s time to enjoy the ride.

Long ago, back in 2011, the Cubs introduced the infamous Theo Epstein as their new president of baseball operations on what was initially a five-year contract, worth $18.5 million. The team had just come off a 71-91 season, and the hopes of striking gold with Epstein lay in the hearts of Wrigley faithful across the nation.

At his introductory press conference, Epstein uttered an ultimately prophetic statement, saying:

"“I firmly believe that we can preserve the things that make the Cubs so special and over time build a consistent winner, a team that will be playing baseball in October consistently and a team that will ultimately win the World Series.”"

Well Cubs Nation, this has undoubtedly rung true over the past three seasons with three-straight  National League Championship Series appearances and capturing that elusive World Series championship. The talk of black cats, goats and a man with headphones down the left-field line were put to rest.

That being said, too many of the faithful, it still somehow is not good enough.