Theo Epstein went over the State of the Union address for Cubs Nation on Tuesday. He outlined a few things and let the good fans of Chicago and beyond know how he felt about the progress. Unless you are a complete cynic, blinded by 106 years of bitter disappointment, you might realize the Cubs arrow is pointing up. Finally.
I wrote about it over the summer, I saw the signs, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I am digging it. I went through ’84, ’89 and ’03. I paid my dues. I was completely skeptical when Theo and Jedd waltzed into town on their white horses. I watched as Castro and Rizzo took huge steps back in their process. Let me tell you, I was hanging by a thread. I decided last year, I like summer baseball and no matter what, I was going to stick with my team.
Midway through 2014, I was rewarded. It was clear to anyone with functional eyes, Rizzo and Castro came back into form. Rizzo had to be voted into the All Star game, but we got that done. Then came the “cookies” as Theo referred to what he would not do. Alcantara. Baez in August. Soler. With Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks adding some real fine pitching. The light that was so dim as early as April, kept getting brighter, and brighter, and brighter.
It’s not completely daylight, but brother (and sister) it’s not as dark and gloomy as it usually is this time of year.