For fans of those lovable losers known as the Chicago Cubs, they are seeing the team play as expected.
They haven’t been the same since winning the World Series.
They’ve reverted into a team that can’t pitch or play small ball when needed.
The team also traded away talented players like Anthony Rizzo.
Now in 2022, they are flirting with the last place spot in the NL Central.
After their strong start, they are disappointing their fans with poor play and terrible decision making.
With them losing, it shows the Cubs are playing exactly as most people expected.
However, they wouldn’t be the lovable losers if they weren’t losing.
Ownership Is Content With Being Lovable Losers
Every time the trade deadline looms, Chicago pawns off some of their best talent for nothing.
Cubs are trading everyone. Rizzo to the Yankees. Baez to the Mets. Kimbrel to the White Sox. Kris Bryant likely gone by the end of the day.
Can they trade Ricketts for a bag of peanuts?
— Chuck Harris (@chuckh3) July 30, 2021
However, fans would rather see ownership being traded for a bag of peanuts instead of the All-Star players they shipped away.
While fans aren’t happy with Thomas Ricketts, he doesn’t seem to care as the quality of the Cubs keeps going down.
There’s already trade rumors with the Cubs involving Willson Contreras.
Instead of them trading away struggling players to help build the team, they would ship off Contreras instead.
With ownership willing to do something like this, it signals they are content with being losers.
However, fans aren’t content with this.
They want a championship team, something they rarely see in Chicago with the Cubs.
But they won’t get that unless changes are made.
Ownership needs to put the club and fans first to bring them a winning team.
However, they haven’t shown enough willingness to do this.
David Ross Needs To Take Command And Stop Making Poor Decisions
Fans also complain about David Ross and his bungling of games during the 2022 season.
They feel the only way the team improves is if he’s fired.
We can still turn it around this season but changes need to be made now…
My pessimism tells me they won't get rid of Hayward or fire David Ross before the All-Star break but I hope they do
— Chubs82 (@BrandonLboog) May 14, 2022
When fans lose confidence in the manager, there are problems.
While firing Ross could change things, there’s always the chance nothing changes with his firing.
The team needs a leader who puts in the right players.
However, Ross hasn’t done this.
He’s pulled a batter with the bases loaded in favor of a struggling batter.
Moves like this cause fans to doubt Ross and his abilities.
But he could change things if he stops trying to be a friend to players and starts being a leader.
Love David Ross but not sure he should be the manager; he is too much of a buddy to be the leader the Cubs need.
— Lisa Stifler (@LisaStifler) May 5, 2022
If he continues to be a buddy instead of a leader, the Cubs will continue their downward trend.
Is Firing Ross The Answer?
With fans calling for him to be fired, and how he’s managed some games, one can see why it’s best to fire him.
However, that’s not the actual issue here.
Ownership will only hire another lackey to continue the losing ways in Chicago.
What the Cubs need is a David Ross with a spine that demands more from his players.
They need a manager who can call them out and help them improve.
He can be these things for the Cubs if he makes those changes.