I could list any number of things that went wrong or right with the 2017 Cubs. It’s been since before any of us were born that the Chicago Cubs went to three league championships in a row considering the current playoff system did not exist before the 1990’s. This team was less frustrating than the 2016 team. With some rest and some changes this team will be back in the NLCS at the very least in 2018. How could we complain with the Black hawks getting swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after having the best record in the NHL Western Division?
I call it my Cub coma. Hey did exactly what they were supposed to do. They made the season entertaining and they were competitive. We had other clubs in the city of Chicago who aren’t going to make the post season for years to come in three different sports. No one recognizes half of the players on the Chicago Bulls and a quick fist by Bobby Portis to Nikola Mirotic might be the only way anyone pays attention to that team. The Bears after five game into the season have switched starting quarterbacks. The White Sox are selling off their assets in hopes they will one day look like the Cubs quick.
Fans have questioned Joe Maddon since game six of the World Series of his use of Aroldis Chapman. They make it to the League championship with a bunch of kids at their core some still on rookie contracts. Then There is Jason Heyward. Not yet thirty years old but has shown he’s not an everyday player. An offensive liability.
Maddon knows exactly what he has and put the best of them on the field. No one will take on Heyward’s contract six years left on it. Expect to see him benched more often long as Maddon is at the helm. Give Albert Almora a chance to play everyday. Put Kyle Schwarber back behind the plate or trade him. The Cubs had better figure out what to do with him before some other team does. Or quit belly aching about his strike outs and low batting average but thirty homeruns per year.
What this team should be sorry about is the runs they left on base and the first inning home runs they gave up. Let’s bid adieu to 2017 and not have leaks of infighting. Bad blood. Let’s believe these boys loved one another. Glad they’re not one for social media controversy. Besides allegations of domestic violence against Addison Russel. Miguel Montero mouthing off how slow Jake Arrieta is to the plate. Domestic violence is no joke but the court of law has yet to weigh in. I am of a mind to let this season sunset and move on.