Happy New Year’s, Chumpions of the Heart

Another year down, another winless Chicago Cubs team.

Obviously that’s not the whole of your 2010 – you probably did some cool stuff, met some cool people. Maybe you graduated. Maybe you got a job. Maybe you got a house. Maybe you fell in love. Maybe you had a kid. Maybe 2010 was an excellent year.

But what ties us together is the Chicago Cubs, and our blind hope that, maybe next year, things will be different. So it’s only appropriate that, here, on New Year’s Eve, we gather together to lament that – with respect to our fandom – 2010 was a pretty crappy year. Whether it was Aramis slumping, Zambrano raging, or Piniella sleeping, the 2010 season has a thoroughly lost flavor to it. Like Fruit Stripe gum after two minutes of chewing.

And yet, all I can think about it the 2011 season. The promise of hope and possibilities. In that way, I’m a classic Cubs fan fool. This is the year, it’s gonna happen, and all that business. It’s a disease that I’m all too happy to suffer. A kind of heart disease – it’s not life-threatening, but it’s quite serious, in every sense of the word. And because I’m aware of the disease, but keep coming back to the cause, I can’t help but feel like a chump.

Will the Cubs ever actually win it all while I’m alive? It’s statistically probable; but, as any good Cubs fan knows, probabilities have long gone out the window. All I can do is watch, cheer, and suffer. A hopeful, hopeless chump.

Another year down, another chance for the Cubs to become champions. If they do, I’ll be there in 2011. If not, I’ll gnash my teeth and grip my aching chest.

And then I’ll be there again in 2012.

Happy New Year’s, fellow chumpions of the heart.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

7 responses to “Happy New Year’s, Chumpions of the Heart”

  1. pfk (Peter F. Kempf)

    Ahhh, a fellow chump’s remorse – Steve Goodman would love it. However, for the first time in years I’m going into the next season with little hope of contending and anything slightly above .500 is OK. What I’m really looking forward to are seeing the kids and, more importantly, signs that ownership is making all the right moves towards creating an organization like the elite teams such as Boston, Philiies, etc. They’ve made a few so far such as the new spring facility, improving revenue streams, upgrading the clubhouse, spending more on scouting and prospect development and a commitment to grow their own. Now we need to see the next step of somehow getting the dough together to dramatically improve Wrigley for both the fans and players (not just the urinals), develop the Triangle building, and actually have a plan for rebuilding the club. A huge part of this is making sure we have an elite, new age thinking GM much like Epstein and a couple of others. Is that really Hendry? Will he be better with new owners or is he just decent but not great? If I don’t see all this I’ll be totally bummed. And, like the rest of us, be back for more in 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Jeff

    2011, only one more year until the mayan predicted, which I can only assume will be triggered by the Cubs winning the world series in 2012. So, I will enjoy my final season of mediocre Cubs baseball in 2011, and will be looking forward to the 2012 championship celebration that will upset the balance of the universe and end the world.

  3. roughriider

    Thx for the Eddie Vedder Cub Tribute Link. This is the first time i’ve heard it. I liked it.

    Can anyone explain to me how the Cubs have 41 players listed on the 40 man roster ? After that, explain to me how Hayden Simpson gets listed as the 7th best prospect when he hasn’t thrown one pitch in a game as a proffesional and most so called experts were shocked that he was drafted in the first round. Baseball America had him as the 191st best player in the draft. Baseball America had three palyers the Cubs drafted rated higher than Simpson yet they aren’t on the list. I’m not bashing Simpson I just think these list are BS.