Friday, February 19, 2016

The fear factor

Saw a clip the other day of Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers getting their throwing in under a warm gray lid of Western sky, and just the sound -- that crisp pop-pop-pop of ball hitting leather -- was enough to send February run screaming.

As the Blob observed the other day, spring really is coming. And with it, speaking of pitchers and catchers, will come a different sort of angst for fans of the Chicago Cubs.

I've become aware of this over the winter as the Cubs racked up one free agency win after another, and my friends who are Cubs fans became more and more perplexed. The Cubs, beating the Cardinals to not one but two key pieces (John Lackey and Jason Heyward)? The Cubs landing Ben Zobrist? The Cubs, who were already a year ahead of schedule in 2015, making all the right moves?

That sound you hear is the rustle of brows furrowing all over Chicagoland and the Midwest.

"So does it make you nervous that things seem to be, you know, a little too perfect right now?" I've asked more than one Cubs fan this winter.

"Oh, God, yes," they've all answered.

Well. Far be it from me to allow a fan base that's seen so much heartache in these last 108 years to suffer more. And so, I present this, which hopefully assuages every Cubs fan's fear that things are going way too well to be trusted.

"Yeah, the Cubs have sticks upon sticks. But if certain things don't happen, the pitching could be a little thin," is the gist.

See there?

Now you've got something to worry about, Cub Nation. So there's nothin' to worry about.

You're welcome.

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