First off, is there a more appropriate picture for MLBlogs than this one, titled “Fans Shed Light on the Game?”
Ok, now second…the main thought behind this post. After watching the Cubs this postseason and just now, watching the final out of the NLCS, I have decided that going forward I have no expectations. From now on, every game, every season…no expectations. None.
Other than enjoying myself as a fan, I have no expectations. I may like our chances, but nothing above that. The reasons are two-fold: Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.
Potential 2008 World Series matchup: The Rays versus The Phillies.
Now sure, the Rays haven’t locked anything up as of yet, but chances are those two teams are facing off in this year’s Fall Classic. Not that I expect it mind you…I just like the chances.
This year especially goes to show that it’s either your year, or its not. I mean it has to be that way…it’s the only way it makes sense. The Phillies barely took the East and they’ve been competitive for a while now…only its been 15 years since they’ve been in a World Series. It wasn’t their time and they’re about to find out if their time has come.
The Rays? Are you kidding me? Talk about taking advantage of this very simple theory…it could absolutely be their time. They’re one game away from hitting the ultimate seven game series to find out.
For 100 years now it has not been the Cubs year. It could go on for a long time. The odds that its your year are so slim…1 in 30 to be exact. That leaves 29 other teams whose year it could be. You can’t like those odds as an investor. And that’s what we are…financial, emotional and vast amount of time investors. You have to love something a great amount to devote such a strong investment in something with odds so great…and you’d be a fool to expect anything from that kind of investment.
I believe we feel let down season after season because of expectations. Not because of goats, cats or overall zealous fans in unscheduled meetings with at best average-skilled outfielders at key moments in playoff games. Because of expectations. We know the team is good. Especially recently. NL Central title after title, back to back years. Sure they lost last year, but didn’t we expect better once in October? Yes. Did we get it? No. So we were disappointed.
This year: best record in the National League. Did we expect great things in the post-season? Yes. Did we get it? No. So we are disappointed. Maybe its time to simply go into season after season devoting all that we choose to simply because we choose to, to enjoy it…not because we expect to get anything in return. Not because we think we may see something special happen that day, like a no-hitter. Not because we expect the team will improve upon last year’s performance and take it’s level of success up a notch. Not because we think ‘this is the year’. Not because we expect the end of the drought. Just simply without expectation and for simple enjoyment and love of the game.
That way, we remain the greatest fans in the world…with a great history, a great ballpark, a great GM not afraid to spend money and put talent on the field for the fans in the seats…yet accepting of the fact that year in and year out it remains simply, 1 in 30.
Is this possible? Is this something I can do? I don’t know the answer to that, but I’m going to try. No expectations…simply invest and enjoy. To achieve a World Series title would be the ultimate accomplishment for the franchise (and I say that because the Cubs have the longest drought in sports, not that it wouldn’t be a great achievement for any team). People say that with achieving goals, it shouldn’t be about the destination, but the journey. This journey could be LONG for Cubs fans. It might be about time we really start enjoying it. I hear it makes the destination all the sweeter in the end.
No expectations. But what about the desire? No doubt about it…this is going to be tough.
Go Cubs Go (and of course in case you’re reading this, hello Joe the Plumber!)