As I mentioned in my post about the Rockies last week, I’m looking into the possibility of following a third team (along with the Mets & Orioles) this season.
To briefly recap the ground rules, such as they are:
I’m not jumping ship. The Mets and Orioles will remain my favorite teams.
Pros for a team include: Underdog status, up-and-coming players, dedicated fan base, fun to watch, competitive (although not necessarily a contender).
Cons for a team include: Players signed to ridiculously huge sums of money, drama and/or scandals, overhyped prospects, being in the AL East or NL East, having a name like “Yankees” or “Marlins”.
I’m still taking nominations; leave a comment, send me an email, make your own blog posting to tell me why your team should be my EBT.
And now, on to the Cubs (Last year: 71-91, 5th place in NL Central)
2011 Topps Update Tony Campana - I've seen guys less intently catching a foul ball while also juggling a beer and nachos
The Cubs weren’t on my original short list, but they captured my attention while reading an article about the changes which have taken place this winter. Like the Rockies, the Cubs had a pretty big shakeup this winter, mainly up top with Theo Epstein coming from the Red Sox and Dale Sveum being named the manager. In addition to that, they got 1B prospect Anthony Rizzo from the Padres, traded long-time Cub Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Reality TV Show for Chris Volstad, traded Sean Marshall to the Reds for Travis Wood and traded DJ LeMahieu and LF Tyler Colvin to the Rockies for RHP Casey Weathers and 3B Ian Stewart.
The Cubs definitely fill out a couple of the “pros” listed above. They undoubtedly have a dedicated fan base, and I don’t know if anybody’s a bigger underdog than the Cubs.
Another plus in the Cubs favor is that I have a friend from Chicago who’s a die-hard Cubs fan, and I always like to see my friends’ teams do well (as long as it’s not at my expense).
One other factor which weighs very much in the Cubs favor: They play their home games at Cadaco All-Star Baseball Field.
I’m not sure the Cubs would give me relief if the Mets and Orioles season goes south; they are in something of a rebuilding mode, but they’ve also got enough new and rookie players that could make things interesting. Who knows, maybe they’ll be this year’s Diamondbacks.
Running down the lists…
Players I like: Tony Campana
Non-roster players I like: Rodrigo Lopez
Cool names: Jeff Samardzija
Players featured in USA Today Sports Weekly’s “100 Players to watch”: Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters
Players under 5’10” (I have a soft spot for guys my height): Tony Campana, Dave Sappelt
So what do you say, Cubs fans? Should your team be my EBT?