Since 1908, the Cubs have appeared in seven World Series, most recently in 1945, and losing all of them. The Cubs have had consistent appearances in the MLB postseason, each of them ending in some form of frustration. Consistency might earn you the nickname “The Iron Man,” but in this case all consistency has given Cubs fans is frustration. Consistently fielding bad teams and disappointing playoff efforts has earned the Cubs the nickname “Lovable Losers,” which might make for adorable t-shirts, but for the contingency of diehard Cubs fans, this reputation leaves them with a sour taste in their mouths (which certainly isn’t the Old Style).
Allow me to return to my opening quote. Chicago Cubdom has led their fans into a complacent, consistent life. This life includes pilgrimage to Wrigley Field (A ballpark which confuses consistency for tradition), to root for consistently overrated players (Fukudome, Soriano, Theriot), all the while knowing the history surrounding their team. This consistent lifestyle is indicative of Cubs management, which has more or less accepted the complacent lifestyle. Cubs fans have come to expect a consistent baseball season in which unless the Cubs win a World Series, will be a losing one. This consistency leads me to declare that the Chicago Cubs franchise is officially dead. 100 years of heartbreak, failure, and an empty trophy case means that the winning ship has sailed, and Cubs fans are left drowning in Lake Michigan. On the bright side, consistently staying at a Holiday Inn does earn you Priority Points, which Cubs players will certainly rack up while traveling to various golf courses this fall.