Why Cubs fans should root for the Padres to win the World Series
The Cubs’ six straight wins – and 10 in their last 11 – are as beautiful as they are pointless as the calendar rolls into October.
But if you’re a Cubs fan, there’s clearly an ingrained interest in this season.
You have to root firmly for the padres. Because if the most aggressive team of the last three or four years bursts into flames in early October or manages to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, that could be the worst of possible post-season outcomes ahead of a winter promised by the Cubs. to be aggressive.
What “aggressive” means for a big-paying team in the midst of its second tanking rebuild in a decade already seems controversial until Ricketts family ownership and Jed Hoyer’s front office deliver on promise.
And if a team of Padres with two $300 million hitters, two $100 million shooters from a small media market – a team that traded a treasure trove of hope for generational hit Juan Soto on this year’s deadline – faces facilities under its new manager, then it’s time to win. The best excuse for every owner and front desk who is reluctant to be big to work.
Don’t try to win every year.
It’s already a trend in this propeller-headed age that uses computer evaluation models, payroll-squeezing youth movements, and profits to invest in impressive ballpark villages instead of impact, now win lists.
The fact that the Chicago Freaking Cubs could tank with one of the four best revenue bases in the game — and with a straight face — twice in a decade must already be intimidating and disgusting for anyone paying for the ticket.
It must have been embarrassing for a team like the Padres to try to hand over their fans on long-term contracts for popular influential players in order to move on to a class with the Dodgers, “I don’t know the definition of ‘rebuild’.” Baby tankers.
But to think that the Padres may again fail to deliver on all their efforts and fan-friendly intentions can be a nightmare for fans of any team who are already seeking protection and excuses from ownership. competition (google “Bible losses”).
And make no mistake: It would be bad for baseball.
It will provide an example that owners and front desks can use to continue selling the bill of goods to fans they’ve been trying to sell for years about their winning “cycles” – the spend is somehow acceptable. Multiple seasons with little intent to win for some of the non-guaranteed promises of a future World Series.
Hey, it already worked here, right? The Cubs can obviously do it again, right?
Ownership is already selling out since the 2020 season systematically demolishing a division-winning roster and clearing the entire All-Star championship core (leaving Willson Contreras after this season).
In baseball, no team loses money anymore. Franchises have never been more valuable – with a decade-long increase measured in billions of dollars. And through mechanisms like payroll luxury taxes and hard ceilings on amateur contracts, they have effectively slowed (in some cases capped) their biggest spending to growth rates well below their income growth.
And it’s a safe bet, no ownership group outside of San Diego wants to see the Padres win the World Series this year.
This should mean something to just about everyone:
Go to Padres.
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