If you’ve ever seen the movie Major League, you know how easily comedy can explode at the confluence of opportunity, talent and doubt. The truly comic irony, however, is that pieces of that movie seem to be intersecting with pieces of whatever reality is going on with the Chicago Cubs in 2021.
Sure, you may say the movie is based on a completely fictional and ridiculous scenario and it’s blasphemy to suggest anything as preposterous or funny could ever actually happen on a real baseball field, but it’s undeniable watching these Cubs in May and not thinking Jobu liked the offering of quarantine or morale blend coffee or that there’s some je ne sais quoi you just can’t put your finger on.
In the classic movie, as almost all of you probably know, ownership is trying to tank the season to move the team, but the players buck the idea and rally around each other to prove management and the naysayers wrong. Made up of a rag-tag group of has-beens, former stars, youngsters, cast-offs and wily veterans, they eventually make the playoffs against all odds.
Now, ownership is certainly not trying to move the Cubs anywhere at this point, although that didn’t stop them from discussing “biblical financial losses” and moving some players around in the offseason to save some money. This prompted many fans, writers, and large portions of the Cubs’ Twitterverse to call out the organization for “tanking,” expecting many more popular players to be “sold off” and traded during the season. Time will tell on that one, although their play and the extra fans in the stadium could well help their cause.