As the trade deadline gets smaller in the rear view mirror and a new era of Chicago Cubs baseball is ushered in, fans are left angry, confused and saddened why not a single member of the core of the 2016 World Series-winning team is no longer on the roster.
The current Chicago Cubs general manager took some parting shots at his former employees. Call it generic. Call it lazy. But the comparison that immediately came to mind when the Chicago Cubs began their fire-sale last week was to that of the end of The Godfather.
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer says his 'greatest source of frustration' was the team's inability to sign any of their stars to long term contracts before trading them last Friday.
Entering a new era under Jed Hoyer is not an easy pill to swallow. Considering the fact the Chicago Cubs have not won a postseason game since 2017 and are now entering “rebuild/retool mode” in what was supposed to be a contention window, there is much disappointment among fans.
On Sunday afternoon in front of a raucous D.C. crowd, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rafael Ortega had himself a day to remember, one that, by the end of it, would be a career-defining performance for the 30-year-old journeyman.
Finally, the stress and anxiety over pondering the future of the core has come to a close. After Chicago traded away the stars that would brighten our nights, a darkness has been cast that now overshadows the future of Chicago Cubs baseball.
Chicago Cubs trade buzz reached new heights on Thursday when the team announced superstars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo would not be in the starting lineup against the Cincinnati Reds. Cubs skipper Dave Ross insisted during his pregame press conference both players needed days off and that there was no connection to recent trade rumors.