Cubs Fans Lament 85 Losses in the First Three Weeks of the Season
April 30, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – It has been a tough start to the 2009 season for the Chicago Cubs, capped off by a crushing 10-0 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.
The Cubs were not only the favorite to win the National League Central this year, but also the entire National League. But after their terrible start, it’s looking increasingly unlikely. In fact, most fans recognize that the season is over after the Cubs have apparently lost 85 games already.
The baseball season is but a few weeks young, but talk to any Chicago Cubs fan and they’ll assure you, it’s over for the Cubs.
“Those bums. Can’t hit, can’t pitch out of the bullpen,” Cubs fan Daniel Farmer said this week. “There is no way this team is making the playoffs. I know it’s just April. But they’ve already lost like 85 games. It’s over. Over.”
In case you’re wondering, yes it is abnormal for a Major League team to have played – let alone lost – 85 games before the end of April. But it’s been that kind of year for the Cubs.
“It’s awful, isn’t it?” Mary Jackson, a lifelong Cubs fan said Thursday. “We all assumed the Cubs would make the playoffs this year, but after a slow start and just a few weeks, the season is already over. How could they lose so many games in such a short time?”
The Cubs blame the untimely hitting and poor pitching late in games for their terrible start. But they also blame the schedule.
“You know, it’s partially my fault,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “I probably shouldn’t have scheduled so many quintuple headers in the first few weeks of the season.”