Here’s how the Cubs can make baseball history in 2012

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Here’s how the Cubs can make baseball history in 2012

by Rob Harris

Who knows losing better than the Cubs? Ask anybody to play word association between a baseball franchise and the word “losers” and at least 90% will say Cubs. And the 10% who wouldn’t just don’t know anything about baseball.

And yet, for all that mediocrity, the gold standard of ineptitude–the 100-loss season–has eluded the Cubs throughout my entire lifetime. So, even though I know losing as well as anybody else, I kind of want to know what that feels like.

The Cubs have only lost 100 games or more in 2 seasons: 1962 and 1966. Both of these happened before the Cubs passed the century mark in years without a World Series win back in 2008. So, with the century mark for a single season now within reach, this could be the first time that a professional sports team with a 100 year championship drought could also lose that many games. It could only happen in baseball, and only to the Cubs. So why not revel in it?

I’m calling this the “double triple” because it turns the basketball term of a “triple double” on its head. Rather than one player having a really good game, this achievement would mark the low water point for a team in the history of professional sports. And who could be afraid of that?

All of the “good” Cubs fans would probably shake their heads in disgust at the idea of wanting their team to lose. Words to the effect of “Let’s let the young kids develop and not get their egos bruised by losing so much.” But you know what? These are professional athletes. They cash those paychecks whether they win or lose. Shed no tears for them.

“But where’s your team pride?” others might say. But being a Cubs fan is not about being proud. The first Cubs game I ever watched on TV in 1975 was a 22-0 loss at home. And the very week that I was born, the Cubs embarked on a scoreless-innings streak of 48 straight, which hasn’t been approached by another team since. So please don’t talk to me about pride.

I can think of three things that I have not seen from the Cubs in my lifetime: being no-hit by another team (which hasn’t happened since Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game in late 1965), going to a World Series, and losing 100 games in a season.

The World Series won’t happen this year. Sorry, Cubs fans, but I’m calling this a lost season. The no-hitter could happen at any time, and when it does happen, it will just confirm the level of suck that exists with this year’s team, or whichever year’s team it finally happens to. But that’s 27 outs over the course of a few hours.

Which brings me to 100 losses. If the Cubs can maintain their current win percentage of just under 35%, they’ll reach 105 losses on the season. That’s a lot of losing, but it’s not out of the question. And if losing is going to come this way, as it already has over the first quarter of this already-lost season, then let’s have the losses at least count toward something. After all, you’ve got to lose to know how to win.

So I’m expecting that we’ll see a hundred losses this season.  Baseball masochism all the way.  Trade Soriano, trade Dempster, trade Marmol, bring up Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson and whoever else may or may not be ready for the big leagues just yet. This year will set futility records that we’ll all laugh at someday, I hope.

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