While you wait….remember Don’t Panic!!
The virtual waiting room is ready for thousands upon thousands of the Cubs Faithful to take a number and wait….and that is what we will do is wait. The Cubs single game tickets go on sale at 10:00 am C.S.T. this morning. Some will come away happy, some will be disappointed, but one thing is for sure – the ‘ticket brokers’ will be very happy before the end of the day. So as we all wait, I have two words for you: ‘Don’t Panic’.
Now I am just not talking about today, I am referring to the entire 2006 season. I think this is the phrase that pays for the 2006 season. The Major League season is filled with ebb and flows. I will tell you now….the Cubs will have injuries, the Cubs will have loosing streaks, Derrek Lee will have a slump or two, Mark Prior will miss a few starts and probably Kerry Wood too. Ryan Dempster will blow a few saves. Juan Pierre will get caught stealing. Dusty Baker will mismanage something. Ronny Cedeno will look awesome one day and like a rookie the next. Matt Murton will misplay a few balls in left field and Jacque Jones will strikeout a few times.
The Cubs will win 60 games and they will lose 60 games, it is the other 42 that make the difference. Did anyone think Derrek Lee would have the year he had last year? I did not; I knew he needed to step up after the Cubs lost Sosa and Alou but I did not see that one coming. Who will step up this year? Who could pick up the slack caused by injury or poor play?
To be a successful Major Leaguer you have to have a short memory. You have to be able to let go of what happened the day before, be it good or bad. If you blow a save….let it go. If you go 4 for 4….let it go. The beautiful thing about baseball is there is always tomorrow. So if the Cubs lose a game or two in a row, there is still tomorrow. Now I know some of you will say I have been waiting for tomorrow my entire life and I am right there with you, but guess what….
Tom Dressen said the following recently about being a Cubs Fan:
“Our hope is always that this is the year. I have two thoughts on this. First of all, there are less suicides among Cubs’ fans than any other fandom in America because we always think well maybe this will be the year. So I worry that if the Cubs ever win the World Series the following day 20,000 people will leap off of the top of the Tribune Tower. There are Cubs fans everywhere.”
Joe Mantegna said the following recently about being a Cubs Fan:
“That’s what it is all about. They are the ultimate sports fans because in the face of almost guaranteed adversity, they are rabid. What causes that? What is that all about? It is a unique club and a painful club to be apart of.”
Let’s hope the change of Wrigley will bring about a change at Wrigley. Maybe we, the Cubs Faithful, need to change our way of thinking….What if we expect them to win, instead of waiting for the shoe to fall? So as we all hope this is the year, just remember these two words….’Don’t Panic’