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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

But I Don't Wanna!

I have no desire to talk about the Mark Prior situation. There's no analysis to be made, no new facts to report, just an opportunity for Sturm und Drang, and if you've read enough of my stuff, you'll know it's not my forte. Yet, someone out there is gonna yank my blogging license if I don't spew forth on the subject, so here goes.

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

-Tom Petty

There's no doubt I'm disturbed, and the thing I find most upsetting is the lack of resolution. I'm with the Sloth when he says that there would be a degree of comfort to be had in some sort of catastrophic injury - at least we'd know what we were dealing with. But nobody knows what's going on, including the various physicians involved, so all we can do is wait, and as Mr. Petty said, that's the hardest part.

You want a ray of sunshine, though? Look at the way the team is handling this. No, I don't mean the press leaks intended to soften the blow of any negative news, I mean the fact that the club finally broke out the kid gloves for somebody, and for Prior in particular.

Sure, it could have been done earlier - say, sometime last year - but this speaks to me of an understanding. Namely, that 2004 is not the only year for this team. Yes, they have a fine chance to compete for the postseason and to do well once they reach it, and there's no doubt that for that possibility to remain a probability, Prior must be a part of the equation.

Yet the Cubs aren't forcing the issue. Don't misunderstand, I think Jim Hendry and crew will do anything they think is right to bolster the club's chances. However, sending The Franchise out to wreck himself in the early going isn't one of those things. Their actions imply that the front office firmly believes they will be in the hunt for years to come. Winning now is important, but it seems the Cubs believe that using Prior to win once now could cost them years of winning down the road. The fact that they understand this and are willing to act accordingly, to get that big prize, to be that dynasty, should put a smile on every Cub fan's face.

So, to all of us Chicken Littles, yes, the sky may fall this time around. Our title hopes for 2004 may come crashing down around our ears. But unlike past seasons, we won't be going away. 2005 will not become 1986, much as it may feel that way now. The Chicago Cubs are a force to be reckoned with, and will remain that way for years. I suggest we get used to it.

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Posted by Derek @ 11:54 AM