When the Cubs screwed the pooch at the end of last year, and we all agreed that yep... wins in April are just as important as the ones in September?
That put pressure, kind of an unseen one back then, on not just the players and Joe Maddon and Cubs Management, it also put pressure on you and me.
And we're collectively writhing in pain at this awful start.
Luckily, our team has Joe Maddon, and he's a prime example of why, way back when, someone called some manager "Skipper".
Joe is going to captain our collective way out of this pressurized mess of our own making.
Here's what he said on the SCORE yesterday when asked what he thought of this pressure:
"Fun," Maddon said. "Absolute fun. I cannot have more fun on a daily basis. I've talked about this before and I mean this sincerely, people are throwing that word around 'pressure.' Expectations -- that's where you want to be. I don't want to be somewhere where that's not part of the culture.
"Think about walking in the door in 2015 and not having had won the World Series yet, not having been to the playoffs in a bit and then you run through it four years in a row. Again, I think a lot of this narrative is very skewed. A lot of it's misunderstood. And if I try to defend myself, I think it comes across as making excuses, so I refuse to do that."
Perspective and wisdom coming from our guy.
Of course, a couple wins would help.
But it's all. Gonna. Work. Out.
Hopefully starting tonight.