Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Cubs will never win the World Series, right?

My belief in curses is gone now that the White Sox won the World Series. If there were any "curse" in baseball that would have kept a team from winning a championship, it was the curse of the 1919 White Sox that intentionally lost the series because they were controlled by gamblers. That was the biggest crime to ever hit baseball, and if that team is allowed by the supposed baseball gods to win another World Series, then there are no curses except self-inflicted ones. The self-inflicted ones can become self-prophesizing, though. The Cubs are not cursed by a billy goat or any supernatural force. They are cursed by the thought of a curse and by bad ownership that sees a sold out ballpark whether they win or lose. People are saying that the Cubs are next in line to win a World Series because the Red Sox and White Sox have won in consecutive years. No, no, no, it's not going to happen. I've been a Cubs fan for too long. They had their chance in 2003, and they blew it. The Cubs were going to be the first to break it, but they fumbled their opportunity. It's not going to happen in 2006. It's not going to happen in 2007. It's not going to happen in 2008. It's never going to happen until they finally structure their organization around success and not merely filling Wrigley Field everyday. As long as the Tribune Company owns the team, that is not going to happen. Seeing the Red Sox, and especially the White Sox, win the World Series just makes me hate the Cubs in a way. I'm tired of supporting failure. All I want is one Cubs World Series championship in my lifetime.

That is all I'm asking for.


I don't want two or three or four.

Just one.

Before I die.

At 94.

And have them win.

The year.


When it would be totally worthless to me.

Because I'm rotting in the ground.

It's kind of hard.

To enjoy something.

When you're being eaten.



Blogger Lucas Sayre said...

A couple questions, since I don't know much about baseball or about baseball ownership.

First, how does the Cubs' focus on filling Wrigley distract or harm their ability to get good talen on the field?

Second, why is the Tribune's ownership inherently bad regarding this?

9:46 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

The Cubs only reason the Cubs are so popular in Chicago is because the Tribune gives their stories higher play than the White Sox.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Lucas Sayre said...

Ok, but that doesn't really answer my questions, I don't think.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Daniel Bradley said...

Pulliam, the Cubs' popularity is tied to the Tribune ownership, but it's not because of the paper, but WGN. When the Tribune bought the Cubs in 1981, they were put on the TV screens of people across the country. The biggest hire they have made during the 24 years was to hire Haray Caray because as broadcaster, he told people across the country about "The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field" and how it was "a beautiful day for baseball." The ballpark itself is a part of it because it's practically a museum and the area around it is filled with bars. A lot of people go to games and are too blasted to know they are at a baseball game, though.

The White Sox are on WGN, but they aren't shown as much because they aren't owned by the company. They also have a rather depressing ballpark with an upper deck that is too high, and the area of town isn't the best. It's pretty safe right around the ballpark, but it's not a place to linger or go outside of the ballpark perimeter.

People go to White Sox games, but people make pilgrimages to Cubs games.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Daniel Bradley said...

Luke, they know they will be able to fill the ballpark whether they win or lose, and they haven't always done what they need to do to win. Why spend the money on players and player development when it will just take away from the guaranteed profits you're making at the gate? P.K. Wrigley was just as bad. He was the one who first advertised the ballpark experience and "to come out and see the Cubs under the sunlight."

The Tribune company is bad about it because many believe they are more interested in answering to their share holders.

They have put more money into the team in the last few years, but they haven't put together particularly good teams. It's a few good pieces, but it all falls apart in the end.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Lucas Sayre said...

Ah, I get the point now. It's about profit motive. [hitting my head with my hand]

I think Gannett should buy the Pacers....

3:46 PM  

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