EIGHTY-TWO YEARS AND WAITING
Losing Ain't Cute
What can you say to salve the wounds of Chicago Cubs fans? There
isn't an honest one amongst them who would deny that their team's June
swoon was directly the result of the humiliating three straight losses
handed them by our Chicago White Sox. The
Glorious Sweep was their worst nightmare, one which they have yet to
recover from. For us Sox fans, it was the affirmation of the most
basic tenet of our allegiance to the White Sox: Winning is what
it is all about.
How cruel it is that our child-like neighbors must now confront this
absolute truth, which we Sox fans have always known. The scoreboard
relic doesn't matter. The shrubbery and wall weeds are of no consequence.
The beautiful half-dressed ladies in the bleachers are only a diversion
for a short while. Baseball is played to win. Oh sob, even
inside Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs fans can not escape the ugly truth.
This bitter lesson was learned on June 13 when Mike Caruso's two-run homer
landed in Wrigley's outfield basket to complete the sweep and embarrassment
of the Cubs and their fans. The Evil of Cubs
fandom fully revealed!
The Cubs suck and their future prospects are bleak. Make no mistake,
the 1999 Chicago White Sox won't win anything of importance either.
The Glorious Sweep will likely be the highlight of our entire season.
The Kids still have much to learn and Sox management must cultivate or
trade for much more talent before our team will compete for a championship.
We Sox fans know this and accept this. How uncharacteristic of Cubs
fans to know and accept this of their team, too!
That's what makes this Cubs vs. Sox series at Comiskey Park such a study
in contrasts. Cubs fans spent the days before the June series doing
what comes naturally to them -- being optimistic. Hadn't they swept
us in 1998? Weren't they the National League's defending wild-card
champion? Who but a Cubs fans would even trumpet such a pathetic
title? Now they join us in knowing pain awaits before glory.
No such revelation is necessary for Sox fans. Winning is all that
ever mattered to most of us. Good food, exploding scoreboards and
fireworks nights have never defined us the way Wrigley's accouterments
have defined Cubs fans. We want to win and expect to win, nothing
more. Right or wrong, the media assails us for not showing more support
in lean years when winning comes hard. What the media overlooks is
what separates us from Cubs fans. The Sox's 82 year championship
drought is precisely what defines us as Sox fans. That's a long time
to endure failure but keep expecting success. It is not as long as
the 91 years that the Cubs have gone without a championship, so doesn't
that mean Cubs fans have suffered more? The answer can not be shouted
loudly enough, "OF COURSE NOT!!!" They love it.
The most perverted and demented bit of a Cubs fan's psyche allows them
to embrace failure as a twisted masochist virtue. It's only Sox fans
who have known and lived with their team's death year after year after
damned stinkin' losin' year. Our team keeps losing and losing and
we are still behind them, cursing our luck and determined to see it through
to the bitter end. For most Sox fans the bitter end comes with us
pushing up daisies -- and the damned team is still losing.
Worst still, we know and accept this! As Jean Shepherd pointed out,
the bravest soldiers must be Sox fans because only we have known death
every day of our lives and still it holds no terror for us.
So now Chicago's sports talk radio airwaves are filled with Cubs fans
venting their spleens about the team's pitching, catching, fielding, hitting,
managing, and general managing. Nobody associated with the team or
its ownership is safe from the withering cascade of second-guessing and
anger amongst Cubs fans. Losing is cute for just so long. These
infant-like Cubs fans are having their first eye-opening look at the real
world it's an ugly and scary experience. No newly-unvieled statue
to Harry Carey will quench their thirst for victories and a championship.
To you Cubs fans I offer congratulations. Your lives are infinitely
improved now that you've recognized your problem and have admitted to your
delusion. Bravely take the next step and join with those who would
cuss and swear at every misstep and miscue, but always soldier on to see
the thing through. A heartfelt "Welcome"
to you new Sox fans. Now you are us.
Read what your other Sox Fans have to say about
Losing Ain't Cute
Since when is a wild card entry a champion of anything?
Only Cub fans can
ga-ga over a team that lost six out its last eight to finish in a tie
fourth best record and then need an extra game to earn the right
swept by the Braves. A Cub fan I know is now hoping for a .500
just continue to set their sights lower and lower. Before you
know it, Cub
fans will take solace if they beat the Sox once in six games.
It is no
wonder the Tribune Company feels no pressure to put a real winning
the field. If you want to sell a deed to the Brooklyn Bridge,
Wrigley. You'll have plenty of takers.
Cubs Suck Newsletter, by Rich O'Connor
CUBS SUCK REPORT 2
W L win% GB
Cincinnati 47 35 .573
Houston 47 37 .560
Pittsburgh 42 42 .500
St. Louis 42 43 .494
Milwaukee 40 43 .482
Chicago 39 43 .476
haha last place!
Congratulations to Jose Hernandez with his league
leading 89 strikeouts!
And of course we couldn't forget the greatest
pitcher around, Steve Trachsel, with his league leading 12 losses!
HOW ABOUT THOSE CUBBIES.....
*2nd to last in stolen bases!*
*4th worst on-base %!*
*3rd worst batting average!*
*2nd in least hits!*
*last in extra base hits!*
how about that awesome pitching staff??
*5.57 ERA thats the 2nd worst!!!!!!!! go cubs!*
*2nd most hits and runs given up!*
*and yes dead last in strikeouts!*
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#6 Glenallen Hill
1-19 with a .053 over his last 7 games! Why didn't he make the all-star
The fun begins Friday night at Comiskey as the Sox look to sweep the
Once a Sox Fan - Always a Sox Fan - regardless or where you may roam!!
Cubs will remain the doormat of Chicago Baseball no matter how many
ladies and kids go and scream their usual "we want a hit" chant!!
are realistic enough to know we have a way to go to have a Champion
- but it
gonna happen and its gonna happen before the Cubs get lucky enough
their division! Never lose faith - Sox Fans!! From a die-hard
a thought about
Losing Ain't Cute?
Can Put it on the Board -- Yes!