The Cubs are my favorite baseball team and have been since I was a little kid. My father was more of an American League guy. Ted Williams was his favorite player and the Detroit Tigers were sort of “the team” in his town growing up. In my small neighborhood when I was at the impressionable age of 10 and under, the Cubs were the favorite team. Virtually every other neighborhood in my town was White Sox country. Ernie Banks, like a lot of Cubs fans of my age, was my favorite player. But, I loved Santo, Williams, and Fergie too.
2016 was an amazing experience for me. I went to almost all the World Series and playoff games. I went to Game 7 with guys I had known since early childhood. We had a blast.
Yesterday, they traded away a lot of those players we cheered on and developed a fondness for over the years. Rizzo, Bryant, and Javy Baez…..it saddened me. Everyone saw it coming. Baseball is a business. Statistics and rules make it so teams figure out when players will be at their career peak. It also makes everyone see the writing on the wall when players will be unloaded. The Cubs weren’t the only sellers yesterday.
A huge part of the problem is the way MLB is structured. Luxury taxes, limits on all kinds of activities for teams to make revenue, and other constraints really tie the hands of teams. I think it hurts players, and more (Read more...)