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Keeping us humble.
To heck with positive thinking. When it comes to baseball
and the Chicago Cubs. I always approach the Cubs with low expectations. That’s
the safe way. Think about it. If Cub fans have high expectations. And the Cubs let
them down. By blowing games they should have won. It’s a real downer. But if fans
psychologically brace for the Cubs following tradition. By finding new and
novel ways to lose – well, that was expected all along. True Cub fans always
try imagining the worst of all possible scenarios. As being a near-certainty. Keeps
fans like me from being totally chagrined and disappointed. Yes, the mean-spirited baseball gods know how to keep us humble.
It really shouldn’t matter whether the Cubs win or lose. But
it really does matter. Because if the Cubs lose a critical/crucial game,
especially in the playoffs, I go into a funk. Oh, I’ll get over it after a
while. I’m not suicidal. Only momentarily depressed. I keep telling myself, it’s
only a ball game. Not a matter of life or death. And I remind myself that the
Cubs won the World Series last year. For which I am grateful. To pine for two World
Series in a row – well, that might be asking for too much from the baseball
gods. It takes audacity. When granted
one’s wish last year. To wish for more
and more. Endlessly. The time has come. For me to tell the baseball gods, thank you. I don’t
need more blessings. I have more than
enough. Better to spread the bounteous wealth. To the deserving fans of the Cubs’
rivals. It's the decent thing to do. --Jim