Although the sign outside of Right Field doesn't get changed until the last day of the season, and frankly who knows if it will still be there next year as I heard the rooftop company who runs it is in bankruptcy, I will formally change the Anno Catuli on my blog to the next set of numbers since as of late Monday night with the Cincinnati win (ugh Dusty), the Cubs were eliminated from post season play.
Props to my buddy over at Aisle 424 who summed up the reaction to things around the ballpark by the fanbase this way. Yep it seems we've cared more about a Toyota sign, moving the Harry Caray statue to outside the bleachers to make way for the Billy Williams statue which appropriately is in right, and a promotional noodle. But this happens when, even before the year started, we knew the product on the field was going to be lacking.
I'm FREQUENTLY accused of being the "angry fan" but it's not anger people, it's reality. Most of my close friends know that even at the height of the most recent Bears/Packers venom years (80's) I was realistic enough to know when we didn't have a team and humble enough to appreciate the years where we did. ..and yeah, you friends of mine on the South Side know the same as well.
I know the Ricketts are solid "fans" and successful "businessmen" but putting the marriage of those two terms together is an extremely difficult challenge no matter how much money you have and how brilliant everyone thinks you are.
I think their lack of immediate baseball "corporate" knowledge has them clinging on to the Jim Hendry's of the world and unfortunately it's something the fanbase will have to tolerate for another year or so.
I just hope they don't drink the Kool-Aid so much so that they rely heavily on every single person around them right now. Most of them are clinging on for dear life for their jobs. They will 'yes' their way to the Ricketts on every decision and try to sell them their own version of what the future looks like.
If they are the shrewd business people they are, they WILL see through this and not sign anyone either in the corporation or on the field to very long term contracts right now INCLUDING the new Manager. They need the flexibility to move quickly and not be hampered by tied up financials (which is exactly what they've inherited). Time will tell, but I will keep the faith in them.
It's no secret I really wanted Mark Cuban to own the team and with that you get the fiery owner with all of its carnival show but he still hasn't delivered a championship in Dallas yet although he's been awfully close. But fiery owners get shut down by the majority of others and find trouble in league matters. Ditka (not an owners but fiery) found this out in New Orleans and over time Steinbrenner changed up his tactics to bring the Yankees back to success.
But if this is a eulogy of sorts on the 2010 season, I can't stand up there and say how bright and talented it was or how we will miss it so much it'll hurt our hearts or how it can never be replaced. It stunk, I hated it and I'll be glad in 20-something days when its finally over. Bury it, put it on a wood raft, set it on fire and send it out into the ocean.
"Year Two" already started (bet you forgot that 2010 was a new "Year One") when Lou stepped down. We need positive action and momentum and we'll all be watching.
We have some form of football (ugh) and an almost entirely new Blackhawks team to look forward to.