So while I was at BlogOrlando the Cubs clinched the NL Central and will now face the Diamondbacks in the first round of the playoffs. Actually, they didn’t so much clinch it as they managed not to lose enough games to fall out of contention. It’s always vaguely disappointing when you have to wait to celebrate until after the other team loses as opposed to winning the game and getting to celebrate. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Cubs are in the playoffs, which is a good thing.
That being said, I’d really like to just be able to not consume any media at all – radio, print, TV or online – for the next one to three weeks so as to avoid all mentions of Bartman, goats and any and all other curses, hexes or other forms of bad luck. It’s going to be everywhere and it’s all going to be inane and more or less insulting to fans. There’s no such thing as curses or hexes. The Cubs have simply failed to execute successfully when it mattered to advance further the last few times they’ve made it to the playoffs. It’s not supernatural so much as it is simply inadequate.
The one bit of coverage that I’m completely in favor of is stuff like this from Eric Zorn, where he writes glowingly of Steve Goodman, the singer/songwriter from Chicago who’s personally responsible for so many memorable Cubs-related tunes. More like this, please.
So, after a season of just not having the attention to pay to the Cubs’ season I’ll now be tuning in to the playoffs. Does that make me a fair-weather fan? I think I’ve got the street-cred built up over the last 32 years to prove otherwise. It just means I’ve been concentrating on other things (not going broke, playing with kids, etc) but now am in a place where I can actually watch a bit of baseball.