Following the dismissal of Joe Maddon last month and this week’s hiring of new skipper David Ross, the Chicago Cubs have positioned themselves brilliantly for a run at a World Series title in 2119.
In Monday’s presser, Ross stressed accountability in his new role, impressing fans and building confidence that the wait to bring an MLB title back to the north side would last no more than a century. “Today we begin laying the groundwork that will serve as the foundation for what this organization does a decade from now, which in turn will provide the infrastructure for future decades of construction, culminating in a world championship sometime long after I’ve passed.”
Cubs president Theo Epstein seemed to echo those sentiments. “They say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ They say the pyramids of Egypt took decades to build and the Great Wall of China took centuries. Someday they’ll say the same about the Cubs quest for a title. Wait a minute, I’m being told that story has already been written. Well, folks, get ready for the sequel.”
Some reporters questioned Epstein’s decision to let Maddon go. In response, Epstein explained, “Look, Joe was the perfect manager for the perfect time. But we want to look forward to a new time. The 2100s are going to require fresh thinking and a new approach. I just don’t think Joe’s going to be up to it. Plus, he probably won’t be with us anymore.”
Regardless, after Monday’s announcement, a new spirit of hope and optimism seems to have pervaded the north side, built upon a recognition that a World Series title might now only be several generations away.