The Cubs sit at 87-58 today with the best record in the National League. Why am I not more excited? Probably because the Cubs are 2-8 in their last 10 games, and their schedule from here on out is Cardinals, Astros, Brewers, Cardinals, Mets, and ending with the Brewers. On top of that, there is the question of health- as in: will Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano be healthy enough to finish the season? Kerry Wood is healthy but he's serving up runs like Nutrisystem Meals. The offense is helping the team about as much as a bystander who watches someone else get mugged.
With all this gloom and doom I just mentioned, I still believe the Cubs will win their division. I still believe they will do well in the playoffs. And why is that? Well, because I'm a Cubs fan. Look, no matter what any team has done in the past, if you pick your favorite teams when you're a kid, and you stick with them through all of the ups and downs, why hate yourself (and your team) for it? I'm obviously going to be a Cubs fan for the rest of my life, so I might as well enjoy it. I don't think I've ever been more excited as a sports fan than I was when the Cubs beat the Braves in the 2003 NLDS. I can recognize that heartbreak is inevitable if the team you root for doesn't win it all, but why not enjoy the ride?
So with the Cubs coming down to the end of the season, I really hope they get their act together. Really, there is only one scenario where I don't end up punching a hole in the wall, but at least let's make it entertaining- alright Cubbies? And if by some chance, the Cubs make it to the World Series and lose to another Florida expansion team- well, I guess I'll just have to bathe in the cruel irony and "Wait 'Til Next Year" again and again and again.
Tomorrow: The Cubs Will Win Because Bernie Mac is Dead- Stay Tuned.