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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • Ace

      Ha. Nice. Done deal.

  • 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.

    • Ace

      To the former, no problem – it’s a beautiful song. I’m not too proud to admit that I well up every time I hear it.

      To the latter, I think it’s a combination of Simpson being very underrated going into the draft (I’m not defending the pick, but I do think he was going to picked before the 191st pick, whether the Cubs took him or not) and the hype that first round picks get. I’ve been very surprised to see him consistently listed in Cubs’ top ten lists. It seems premature to me, too.

      • pfk (Peter F. Kempf)

        Oh yes, I well up too when i watch that video and listen to that song. I’m 63 years old and come from a huge baseball family. My Mother’s father played semi pro in Seattle and she loved the Cubs. My birthday is April 10th, and evry year since i was 7 years old my mom would take me and my friends to the Cubs opener as a birthday gift. My father was an all Catholic League catcher who later played for Davenport of the 3-I league. My father used to talk about the Cubs winning the pennant and playing in the World Series many times as he was growing up. My parents, who are both gone to that skybox above, instilled Cub Love in me at an early age. I have so many memories of Wrigley…so many memories of heartache…but I’ll not give up hope of seeing the Cubs in a Series. And, when I do, I’ll raise a cup of beer to my parents and say, “Thanks, now I know what you were talking about and how you felt when it happened.” As painful as it is, I’ll always live and die with the Cubs.

        • Ace

          Damn, pfk. You are the reason the Cubs need to win. Thanks for that.