(Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)
I recently took a massive leap of faith (for me that is). I had never flown before. Not only have I never flown before, but I never have left the country. Not only had I never flown or left the country, I am deathly afraid of heights. So, when my girlfriend asked me to go with her to Cancun to a wedding, I was freaking out.
Cancun, to some people, is portrayed as a dangerous place and has a travel advisory for US citizens. My anxiety was high as I was on my first plane ride as I cut off my girlfriend’s circulation to her hand with how tight I was holding it as it was someway going to protect me.
In my mind, only two things I knew was that plane was going up and the plane was going down, and there was nothing I could do about it but sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Chicago Cubs this year have neither been super-hot or super cold. They have been consistent. Scoring runs, solid pitching, and an injury plagued lineup has made for not a major headline grabbing season. Quietly, the Cubs have maintained the best record in the NL for awhile now, holding the best MLB odds in the NL to win this year’s World Series behind AL squads of the Boston Red Sox (4/1), Houston Astros (19/4) and New York Yankees (29/4). With KB missing a large portion of the season, Darvish disappointing, and the Cubs not dominating the way we have become accustomed to over the last few years, I have seen a lot of Cubs fan get seriously dismayed. Sadly, I have read Cubs fans freaking out saying that Joe Maddon’s job should be taken away after the end of the year. I have seen that KB should be traded to make room for the lineup for Bote and other players. I have even seen fans want Theo gone.
Since 1997, I have been a Cubs fan. Not as long as some people, I know. I remember exactly where I was when Steve Bartman reached over the wall and contested Alou for the catch against the Florida Marlins. I remember seeing Sammy Sosa’s corked bat being sprayed over the field, and watching my child hood idol being destroyed in the media. I remember 100 lost seasons, heart breaking losses, and all the negativity that came with being a Cubs fan.
However, this is arguably the best era in Cubs History. We not only have stellar players on the field, but some of the most engaging and authentic players in the League. Find another team that raises as much money for Charity as guys like Jon Lester and others have done this year. We have the best manager in Baseball, and I find myself being a bigger fan of Joe Maddon than probably anyone on the team This team is the best team in the NL and has been for the last three years. Yet, we all fret over the fear of falling from this golden era of Cubs baseball.
Going to the “dangerous” city of Cancun was not so dangerous after all, except for the drive to the resort and the drive back to the airport. The flights were a breeze, and I have found I do enjoy flying. I found that this massive leap of faith wasn’t that big of a leap, just was a timid drama queen about it. I have discovered through my trip to Cancun and my Cubs fandom are incredibly similar. It’s like the famous quote says, “The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
So, my advice to Cubs nation and myself, the Cubs will do two things over the next month:
The Cubs will go up and the Cubs go down over the next month. They will win games, they will lose games. However, the best thing we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride for whatever happens in the future because there is little we can do about it.