It was a cool, rainy Saturday night in Los Angeles. The ground becoming saturated for the first time in what seemed like years. Chicago Cubs manger, Rick Renteria hides under the roof of the dugout with his arms folded, in part to stay warm but also in disbelief that this is actually happening. The Cubs fan base has been a loyal bunch for decades now and after enduring a particularly rough stretch over the past three years, President, Theo Epstein has decided that it is time the organization gave back. The team is still a few years away from competing, sure, but that doesn’t mean the organization has nothing to give.
“FREE BASEBALL!!” Theo shouted. “It’s crazy enough that it just might work!”
It wasn’t until that rainy LA night that Theo Epstein’s plans became clear. At first it was perceived as unexpected excitement, next it was just a coincidence, but after a third time there was no doubt. After going into extra innings three times in five games it is clear that the Cubs are helping us cost-average all the money that we spent on season tickets and special cable packages. And on top of the 11 free innings of baseball this week, the team was able to finagle one win out of the deal!
But this is just the beginning! One day, when Theo and the boys don’t need to give away free baseball, the Cubs will go on a “winning streak”, and eventually they will have so many “winning streaks” that the league will reward us with an even better brand of free baseball; it is called the “post season”. And if the team has even more “winning streaks,” at the end of the “post season” there will be a shiny trophy and everyone will get rings or something and there will be a big party in the streets and everything will be right with the world.
But until then, tell Theo and Tom Ricketts, thanks (he raises a glass and points with one finger as he shoots them a wink), I have been appeased . . . for the moment. We all await the day when the “winning streaks” begin, but until then, watching Rick Renteria wipe the rain drops from the bill of his cap and rub his eyes in exhaustion because it is way past his bed time will have to do.
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