Colin Cowherd on his show The Herd with Colin Cowherd said that after the Chicago Cubs traded away their core players, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez, they have lost all momentum going forward and will no longer be a free agent destination.
Part of what I respect most about Colin Cowherd is that he almost always sticks to what he knows, and he knows that baseball knowledge isn't his strongest topic. His show is always filled with NFL, NCAA, and NBA talk. But, on Friday August 13, Cowherd mentioned the Cubs in a segment centered around Kawhi Leonard re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cowherd's talking point was that if a team is #2 to another team in the same city, like the Clippers are to the Lakers, you can't lose momentum. He says that the Clippers retaining Leonard on a multi-year deal is imperative to keeping the momentum they've gained over the last three seasons. His example of a team that has lost their momentum is the Chicago Cubs.
"The Cubs had [momentum] years ago. The Cubs had Theo (Epstein), Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo. They've lost momentum. Good luck getting it back."
- Colin Cowherd on The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Cowherd brought up teams like the Lakers, Yankees, and Alabama football as teams that have momentarily lost their momentum, but have been able to gain it back. I don't see the correlation to the Cubs in this scenario.
This ultimately was Colin Cowherd's way of comparing one thing to another to make it more digestible as he always does. However, this time was a whiff in my opinion.
The Cubs are still only two weeks out from their massive fire sale. Although the on-field product is bottom five in the league for the rest of 2021, I am not ready to say that the Cubs have lost their momentum around the league.
The Cubs still have Willson Contreras, who is poised to take over the captain's role from Rizzo, and Hoyer, who was there with Theo Epstein every step of the way since 2011. The pieces are there to compete for a division championship in 2024 at the absolute latest, and I'll be damned if they aren't competitive in 2023.
The book is not closed on the Chicago Cubs championship hopes for the next 108 years like many fans on Twitter are claiming. It is time to stick around and let Jed Hoyer and his staff go to work. It is not fair to pass any sort of judgement until he has a chance to make his mark on the team.