Did the Indians let loose the next great scourge on sports?
Will the rest of baseball rue the day Tito-Wan Kenobi Francona failed to blow up Theo’s Epstein’s new Death Star in the World Series?
Although fun imagery, it probably doesn’t quite fit.
I mean, yeah, the Chicago Cubs are probably about to become the next Evil Empire in baseball, but there’s not much reason to believe a loss this year would have done anything more than delay the inevitable.
Whether they won the World Series this year or not, the Cubs are due to be extremely good for the foreseeable future.
Five straight fifth-place finishes in the NL Central, some shrewd management during that nadir (and probably a little luck) has led to an unbelievably stocked young team.
That means most of the good young players are cheap, and a deep-pocketed organization can afford throw money at any problems that happen to arise from year to year.
The Cubs narrative was happy-go-lucky this year – even hard to hate for Reds fans who had to endure their semi-regular invasion of Great American Ball Park — but don’t expect that to last for long.
Just as the Golden State Warriors have turned from fun story in the NBA to the new villains of the league, you can expect to get pretty tired of the Cubs pretty soon.
But, hey, that’s kind of part of the fun, right?
Any good narrative needs someone to wear the black hat, and I can tell you where they’re about to corner the market on those.
Try the stadium on Clark and Addison.