Chicago Cubs: Top 3 excuses that won’t work in 60-games
By Jim Guzior
Chicago Cubs baseball? For real? Well, I’ll be. Still, three things that won’t work for a 60-game season.
Just like everyone else, I was shocked to find out that there was going to be Cubs and MLB this year. To be honest, I must have presented over a dozen ideas these past three months about how baseball was needed and how the season could still happen, which included: playing everything in Hawaii, quarantining families, setting up fake audiences, testing players and all staff daily and limiting geographic travel of teams and staff. I presented every known way I could think of Cubs fans, for baseball to start again. I left no stone unturned.
But I never truly believed it would be back.
Now that we know who the Cubs opponents will be for their 60-game season and the rule changes this year like designated batter and a man on second rule in extra innings, nothing is holding an excellent Cubs team back from just exploding and winning. If, for some reason, the Cubs should fall out of the gates, then these will most likely be the excuses that you’re going to hear and see in the media. There are only 60-games this season, and if the Cubs and new skipper David Ross are going to have any chance, then these top three excuses won’t work for this 60-game season.
Money and contract related excuse
There are a lot of fans that are not happy it has taken this long to get ballplayers, owners, and teams on the same page of music so there could be an MLB season. It almost feels like months of negotiations have passed or about the same amount of time it took for Cubs second baseman Kris Bryant’s grievance decision to come back. It feels like forever.
After this long wait for baseball to return, once games begin, the last excuse that fans want to hear from anyone in the organization is a gripe about their pay, contract, or anything to do with money. Fans have been waiting to see baseball with all its heart and soul. In some chat rooms, fans felt discouraged that there was not more courage and heart by players to try and come back months ago; instead, money remained the focus.
Fans do have short memories if the Cubs get out there and begin winning right away – all will be forgiven in an instant. However, if players try springing the, “I can’t play because of my contract-stuff,” excuse, there won’t be any mercy from fans for a 60-games season.