It's early in the season, but fans are already getting frustrated with the team and management. While some are saying Theo Epstein is “dumpster diving,” others claim the Ricketts family doesn’t have the money to put a winning team on the field and that they are more interested in renovating, or expanding, the park than they are in putting together a winning team. The latest news fans turn to is a report that the Ricketts are considering outside investors who would have no vote, but would bring an influx of cash. If rumors are true, there could be some news on this soon.
In the meantime, fans are showing their disappointment and anger with the team by not showing up for games. Opening Day was not a sellout. In fact, if you were at Wrigley or watching games on TV, you’d have seen the many empty seats for the entire series. If 2013 brought us the lowest attendance so far, 2014 is on pace to break last year’s record for lowest attendance.
It’s true that the weather has not been great baseball weather. The game time temperature on Opening Day was 28 degrees. But fans are complaining about high ticket prices and no talent on the team.
Fans are also complaining about the lack of playing time for players like Mike Olt. On Thursday one fan questioned why Olt wasn’t playing every day. “We need to play him and see what he can do,” said the fan. It’s hard to disagree with that sentiment, but the Cubs seem to be more in a platooning mode than giving regular starts to specific players, much the way the lineups looked in spring training.
The bottom line with this Cubs team is that they are not very good. Sure, you see glimpses of good play – Junior Lake’s first pitch of the game home run today and Starlin Castro’s great throw to first base in the third inning where the runner was called safe but the ruling was overturned on review can fool fans into thinking the Cubs are a better team this year, but don't be fooled..
Hope is all Cubs fans have right now, but how long does Theo Epstein expect that hope to continue? Everyone knows Epstein is calling the shots, but does he really know what he’s doing?