Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Future Is Now

In Back to the Future 2, it was predicted the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015 over a then fictional Miami team.
The fictional Miami team became a reality in 1993 and went on to win the World Series in 1997 and 2003, as everyone in Chicagoland waits for the Cubs to win a World Series in 107 years.
Back to the movie for a moment. That prediction took place in 1989. The Cubs played the Giants in the NLCS that year, but were beaten by Will Clark's bat.
Let's move on 26 years. The Cubs have been to the playoffs a few times. They were THISCLOSE to the World Series in 2003, four outs away. But as you know a certain fan reached out for a foul ball and the Cubs jinx continued, and Mr. Steve Bartman has been in hiding ever since.
Over the last few years, things have slowly fell into place for the Cubs. Their scouting and player development department have turned out a lot of prospects to get excited about. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber. They stole Addison Russell from the A's. The Ricketts family is finally spending money and brought in Jon Lester from free agency.
But the main thing the Cubs did to turn the team around was hiring Joe Maddon to manage.
At first I didn't like how team president Theo Epstein handled the situation. He fired Rick Renteria just so he could hire Maddon before any other team could.
I tweeted that Renteria should have had a chance to work with this group of kids.
But in this win right now culture, Epstein had to make the move right now. It was business.
Maddon has a track record of working with young players, grooming and developing them to be not only major leaguers, but how to win in the big leagues.
As of now things are looking good in Chicago. They presently sit at 73-52, third place in the very tough NL Central, and they are 2nd place for the Wild Card.
Kris Bryant is making a case for Rookie of the Year.
I saw the Cubs on Tuesday. They are one hard hitting ballclub. I feel they're one prized free agent pitcher from winning the whole thing.
I saw the future of Chicago baseball on Wednesday. I don't think they'll beat the Miami baseball team(It was a alligator logo in the movie) to win the World Series, but in due time, the curse will be broken.

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