One more thing about the Cubs' troubles.
Losing used to be OK on the North Side. It was enough to be part of the scene in Wrigleyville, and there was always someone to love even if the team was bad. Banks, Santo, Williams, Fergie, Hundley, Ryno, Gracie, even Sosa for a while. Now that Kerry wood is gone, the biggest cheers come when the Cubs win a game after losing 12 straight.
Cubs president Theo Epstein says they're not looking for quick fixes or band-aids. He acknowledges there will be periods at the big league level that are difficult to go through.
General Manager Jed Hoyer says the upcoming draft is a big part of the rebuilding, and they need to have a series of great drafts. He called the recent losing streak "torturous."
I like what those guys are saying and I like what they're doing. They're building a championship organization from the ground-up. That's the only way to do it. It's about time, and time is what worries me. This may take a while.
You know how you always see those pictures of U.S. presidents aging over their stressful years in office? I'm afraid that's what may happen to the young whiz-kids now in charge of the Cubs. What will be left of Epstein and Hoyer when the turnaround they're engineering is finally complete?
I hope they're not known as the sunshine boys by then.
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