Goodbye Cubs

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Feels like my heart was ripped out today with the dismantling of the Cubs. It feels like a breakup. I know it won't work, but I just want them back so bad. Started a franchise and simmed a year with updated rosters. Bryant and Rizzo ended up together in San Francisco. Javy Baez was signed to the White Sox. Kimbrel went back to Atlanta. For some reason this fictitious ending gave me peace. I'll be drinking lots of whiskey and watching 2016 games. Can't ever remember a team being sold out so bad. I knew it was coming but sheesh. Thought I'd at least have Rizzo or Baez at the end of the day. Cheers to all my fellow Cubs fans, today was as much a blood bath as the red wedding in Game of Thrones.

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It was brutal, to be sure, but we'll always have 2016. They can never take that away from us.

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It had to be done for a fresh start, hopefully some of the players they got pan out.

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@boudie23_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

It had to be done for a fresh start, hopefully some of the players they got pan out.

I get it. And it needed to happen. I knew it was coming, but the videos posted on the Cubs Twitter page today just got me. Hey could be worse, my buddy is at the Cubs Nationals game today.

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@dr-mantis-tobgn_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

Feels like my heart was ripped out today with the dismantling of the Cubs. It feels like a breakup. I know it won't work, but I just want them back so bad. Started a franchise and simmed a year with updated rosters. Bryant and Rizzo ended up together in San Francisco. Javy Baez was signed to the White Sox. Kimbrel went back to Atlanta. For some reason this fictitious ending gave me peace. I'll be drinking lots of whiskey and watching 2016 games. Can't ever remember a team being sold out so bad. I knew it was coming but sheesh. Thought I'd at least have Rizzo or Baez at the end of the day. Cheers to all my fellow Cubs fans, today was as much a blood bath as the red wedding in Game of Thrones.

The 97 and 03 marlins come to mind

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My grandfather, who passed a couple years after the cubs won, is spinning in his grave today. Not because of the cubs getting rid of everyone, but because with what they have left he could start at shortstop right now if he were still alive.

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I feel the pain this may be the most heartbreaking of trade seasons since the Maddux deal. For the longest time I couldn't wait to see what we would get but hey atleast we got up and comers not washed up has beens like many of the years past.......

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Things are brutal for Cubs fans for sure. Many Cardinal fans may not like the ownership or GM (I feel like that is common for about 80% of the teams) but at least they have never dismantled the team. Molina and Wainwright are #1 and #3 in the list of current players who have been with their team the longest.

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@dr-mantis-tobgn_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

Feels like my heart was ripped out today with the dismantling of the Cubs. It feels like a breakup. I know it won't work, but I just want them back so bad. Started a franchise and simmed a year with updated rosters. Bryant and Rizzo ended up together in San Francisco. Javy Baez was signed to the White Sox. Kimbrel went back to Atlanta. For some reason this fictitious ending gave me peace. I'll be drinking lots of whiskey and watching 2016 games. Can't ever remember a team being sold out so bad. I knew it was coming but sheesh. Thought I'd at least have Rizzo or Baez at the end of the day. Cheers to all my fellow Cubs fans, today was as much a blood bath as the red wedding in Game of Thrones.

You were obviously not an Expos fan in the late 80s and early 90s.......

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@dr-mantis-tobgn_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

Feels like my heart was ripped out today with the dismantling of the Cubs. It feels like a breakup. I know it won't work, but I just want them back so bad. Started a franchise and simmed a year with updated rosters. Bryant and Rizzo ended up together in San Francisco. Javy Baez was signed to the White Sox. Kimbrel went back to Atlanta. For some reason this fictitious ending gave me peace. I'll be drinking lots of whiskey and watching 2016 games. Can't ever remember a team being sold out so bad. I knew it was coming but sheesh. Thought I'd at least have Rizzo or Baez at the end of the day. Cheers to all my fellow Cubs fans, today was as much a blood bath as the red wedding in Game of Thrones.

I’m a die hard White Sox fan, so obviously my feelings are on the opposite side of the spectrum. But that doesn’t mean I can’t recognize injustice or when things just feel wrong.

That said, I think it’s gonna be very interesting to see what the fan turnout is for the remainder of the year at Wrigley Field. The tickets and their exorbitant prices have already been purchased for this year, so there’s nothing that can be done about that. However, that doesn’t mean fans still have to go to the ballgames and drink their beer and eat their hot dogs, further lining the pocketbooks of the owners.

I’m curious to see how it all plays out. But if Wrigley is packed like it always is the rest of the way, then I have to say Cubs Fans are getting exactly what they deserve. Because if you actually boycott in meaningful numbers, perhaps significant money will be spent this offseason to rebuild your team.

But after blowing up your team, if it’s the same status quo the rest of the way in terms of attendance, then why would they open their wallets in a big way this offseason?

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I believe there may be two reasons for the way things happened:

1 - Jed couldn't get any of the players agents to agree to any contract extensions. I don't know what, if anything any of the players were offered, and after the comments Boras made during Bryant's rookie season, there was absolutely no way he was going to resign with the Cubs under any circumstance.

2 The extremely shortened season was just bad luck as nobody made any real moves given the uncertainty of the league even finishing the season, forcing the Cubs to either hope one or two would sign long term deals, or take what they could get. It appears that "take what they could get" was what Cub fans got stuck with.

However, this isn't the previous ownership groups, so I don't know if they will just build a stack of cash and run and hide, or if they will restock the farm system and try to be back in contention in 2-3 seasons. Given how hard they worked the first time out I would say things are not certain to be a return to the bad old days.

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the problem is that salaries are outrageous. It's time for a salary cap.

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That feeling of despair you're feeling as you watch all your team's best players go elsewhere may be new to you guys, but I've dealt with it every few years for the majority of my life. As an A's fan, all I can say to the cubs fans out there is Welcome to our world!

Things aren't too bad recently, but in another year or two when matt olson is leading the yankees to their bazillionth title and my team is a laughingstock I'll be right there with you. Again.

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@paultigerfan8484_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

the problem is that salaries are outrageous. It's time for a salary cap.

Cubs are one of the Top 5 most Valuable MLB franchises, playing in the 2nd biggest market, with the 2nd highest revenue.

"Outrageous salaries" aren't the problem.

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@whitejw98_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

Things aren't too bad recently, but in another year or two when matt olson is leading the yankees to their bazillionth title and my team is a laughingstock I'll be right there with you. Again.

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@savefarris_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

@whitejw98_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

Things aren't too bad recently, but in another year or two when matt olson is leading the yankees to their bazillionth title and my team is a laughingstock I'll be right there with you. Again.

Yep. Failure is so expected with my team that a season where they faced their third straight first round elimination was considered impressive enough for brad pitt to star in a movie about it. lol

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@max-2k4_psn said in Goodbye Cubs:

It was brutal, to be sure, but we'll always have 2016. They can never take that away from us.

From a Chicagoan and Cubs lifer -- see ya in 2124!

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To consider: Cubs can pull a NYY/Chapman thing and resign players they traded as FA. Probably won't, but might happen.

Also: Nice to see a good haul for Kimbrel, and from the Sox. Lessens the sting. Get healthy, Madrigal.