The arbitration deadline has come and gone, and finally, the Cubs have spent money! Yes, these players were all under contract and their returns are a mere formality, but alas, this was something. As I reflected on the lack of action from the Cubs front office this offseason, I focused on that silence.
Hello, darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again.Paul Simon
The past three offseasons have grown increasingly dark. Coming off the first World Series win in over 108 years, it stands to reason that anything but that would feel like a letdown. However, each year the on-field outcome grew worse and the subsequent offseason felt all the more pressing. Yet here we sit, nothing but arbitration agreements in place.
And in the naked light I saw, 10,000 people, maybe more. People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening.Paul Simon
This is us, Cubs fans. Show me a Cubs fan without an opinion on where this team went “wrong.” At the end of the day, we’ve whipped ourselves into a panic about the state of this franchise, and the impending slam of a World Series window. Do we have good cause?
‘Fools’ said I, ‘you do not know, silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I might reach you.’Paul Simon
Now we arrive at the crux. For so long in Theo we trusted. What we find ourselves asking is, should we? He and his crew have broken two of the greatest droughts of all-time (shout out to the ’05 White Sox). The curse-breaking Red Sox of ’04 bottomed out in ’06, missing the playoffs. Sound familiar? Yes, that team added Daisuke Matsuzaka, but otherwise, they returned a similar team. The Cubs have the talent to match what those Red Sox teams had and then some. I know I’m nuts, but I’m open to playing this out, and not assuming the darkest timeline for everyone’s 2020 season.
And whispered in the sound, of silence.Paul Simon
What do you think?