The mess is always bigger than it appears; a little something I learned in college cleaning up blue & red party cups.
New Jersey and New York City have the disastrous mess of Sandy on its hands. Cleaning it up won’t happen in a few days or a few weeks, but will take months, if not years, to recover from all the damage (see Katrina).
If there’s an upside to a mess, however, it’s the beauty to rebuild and come back stronger and better. And most importantly, a learning experience in how to better prevent such devastation a second time around (like tapping garbage bags to the house walls so all those beer pong cups don’t windup on the floor and in the shower).
That of course is where the Cubs stand in the baseball world, cleaning up the mess of a 101-loss season, something that doesn’t happen in one offseason, either.
It’s going to take two or maybe three seasons before Chicago turns itself around to compete for a championship…and maybe longer.
But where we won’t find pride in the Cubs’ win/loss record over the coming seasons, we should take pride in the fact Team Theo is quickly building a foundation to prevent such disastrous seasons as 2012 from happening again.
Chicago will bounce back a stronger and smarter organization even if it takes longer than most fans would care to wait.
It’s just some food for thought as we watch the Cubs take its analytical and methodical approach to its rebuilding efforts this winter.
As we get deeper into the offseason and further removed from 2012, it will seem the Cubs are but two or three ‘Jim Hendry moves’ away from competing in 2013. That’s just the nature of being a fan.
However, we have to know better than believing this to be true and we have to know better than to think sweeping it under the rug with huge free agent signings, as the Cubs were known to do, is the answer.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get excited about the progress we see with the Cubs over the winter, which could be significant, but come Opening Day 2013 we’re certain to be reminded this Cubs mess is bigger than it first appeared.