Winning and Losing Big in the Big Leagues

Now it''s 2016 and the Cubbbie Countdown is 108 years to the real possibility of a World Series appearance this year.

Photo Update: It is now 2016 and the Cubbie Countdown to their last World Series win is up to 108 years old, but moving  clearly to the possibility of a Cubs World Series appearance for the first time since 1945 this fall.

In baseball today …

…. It’s very hard and very expensive to become a dynasty big prize club.

…. It’s also hard and temporarily-to-residually expensive for years  thereafter to become a one-shot-pony big prize club.

…. It’s easier to be a mediocre-talent level club with a good marketing plan for selling tickets based upon strong fan faith that your club is actually trying to win big with a good farm system, good common sense, and a way below the winner’s market-sized team payroll.

…. It’s easier to lose and still draw fans if you can think of a way to market your team as “lovable losers.”

…. It’s easier to lose for decades if you can convince the fans that the condition is due to a “curse” that is unrelated to poor talent assessment and low-ball player salaries.

…. If the Cubs break their “1908” jinx by finally winning a World Series in 2016, they will be forced to surrender all of their 108-year old excuses for being “lovable losers.”

…. It will always be easier for any team to lose a game, if that disappointment is always followed by two wins.


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


2 Responses to “Winning and Losing Big in the Big Leagues”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Mark Twain was still alive.

    And a quote attributed to Cubs sportscaster Jack Brickhouse: “Any team can have a bad century.”

  2. gregclucas Says:

    If Cubs win fans will then become more demanding (as has happened in Boston). Pressure will suddenly be to win every year. No, it won’t be the same on the Northside. Fans will only start showing up if the team is good. The tremendous support the Cubs have had for years will eventually dwindle if they ever reverted back to the sort of teams they had before. As the late Houston Rocket GM Ray Patterson once said, “Once you win fans will expect it all the time. Better to be consistently competitive when there is always hope.”

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