Well, isn't THAT an oversimplification, Tim?
But when I read around and find comments from angry Cub Fans who wish the Cubs would change their plans and suddenly hurry the whole deal up?
This is actually a pretty good illustration of what happens.
Quick fixes don't work.
The Cubs are not only NOT trying for a quick fix, they're doing something that's probably historically never been done, which is a complete cleaning house/overhaul of a major market team in full view of it's fan base.
Can you think of one?
It's as ballsy a thing as I've ever seen in sports, and it's not even on the field.
Does it make me have a kind of split personality?
What else would I write and draw about if not created by the whipped dog Cub Fan personality I've developed over a lifetime of losing.
It makes you sort of crazy.
But we've never seen anything like what's going on right now.
The very idea of actual Cubs making up a whole team of Cubs rather than players from every other team making up the Cubs is mind-blowing.
I'm sure the impatience will get even worse as time goes on.
But hell man, this thing is going to pay off and our time will come.
Do what you have to do to survive this period, but I hope your frustration comes on one side of your head while the other knows this is the right path, right now.
That quote from Jed Hoyer, and I hope I transcribed it exactly, is from a radio interview with David Kaplan on WGN radio.
The Jim Hendry part I cobbled together from here and here.
Jed will probably have to repeat that message about a million times again, too.
Ahh that's better - I just wanted to get that off my chest.
And of course I reserve the right to switch to the other side of my brain tomorrow and wallow insanely with more "what do do while waiting for the Cubs to win a World Series" type stuff.
Now, you wanna get happy?
Click over to Bleed Cubbie Blue and watch this 1965 Cubs vs Reds game everybody's talking about courtesy of Al Yellon.
It's in jaw droppingly gorgeous color, and loaded with the kind of Cubs History that made me what I am today.
The Cubs get no-hit, of course.
Lastly, GO BEARS!