Ready for the Cubs season to begin

I’m in the decided minority of Cubs fans when it comes to sending Kris Bryant back to the minors to start the season. I look at it from his perspective, which is a young man who does everything that is asked of him and is denied the thing that he’s working toward.

On an emotional level, it’s wrong what the Cubs are doing to him. Yes, it honks off Scott Boras, and nobody’s going to feel too bad about that, but the Cubs have broken trust with Bryant and, in some measure, the fans. If I’m the only one who sees it like that, so be it.

If the Cubs really do leave Bryant in the minors for twelve days or nine games or whatever the minimum amount is to gain the extra year of control over Bryant’s services, it would be even worse than it already looks. We’ll see what the actual number of days is, but many people seem to be fixated on twelve days.

With that in mind, I wanted to use Mike Olt’s brief run as the Cubs third baseman to frame the way I think this season will go. Hope you like it.

On the first day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: a Central division title.

On the second day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the third day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the fourth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: four World series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the fifth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the sixth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the seventh day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: seven games with Anaheim, six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the eighth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: a pitcher in the eight-hole, seven games with Anaheim, six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the ninth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: nine daily innings, a pitcher in the eight-hole, seven games with Anaheim, six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the tenth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: a perfect ten of a season, nine daily innings, a pitcher in the eight-hole, seven games with Anaheim, six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the eleventh day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: eleven Ernie tributes, a perfect ten of a season, nine daily innings, a pitcher in the eight-hole, seven games with Anaheim, six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

On the twelfth day of Oltmas the franchise gave to me: an overdue minors call-up, eleven Ernie tributes, a perfect ten of a season, nine daily innings, a pitcher in the eight-hole, seven games with Anaheim, six months to remember, five All-Stars, four World Series games won, three rookie of the year contenders, two games in front of St. Louis, with a Central division title.

Clearly, I’ve drunk the blue Kool-aid for this season. A division title, a win in game seven over Anaheim, and a season that made three years of planned losing worth the while. It’s been a long dark tunnel, Cubs fans, and we’re finally coming into the daylight this season. #LetsGo

R. Lincoln Harris is a guest contributor for Wrigleyville Nation. He also writes for BlueBattingHelmet.Wordpress.com, ChicagoSideSports.com, ThroughTheFenceBaseball.com, and FiveWideSports.com. Thanks R. Lincoln for the contribution!

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