I follow the Black Hawk's prospects as closely as some in this thread follow the Cubs' but I'm not up on what the Cub's system has to offer and I'm sure the average fan isn't up on it either. I think the average fan(when they return) just look at their team's perception as a competitor or not and I wonder if the Cubs are playin' with fire here a bit.Unprecedented I think other than a more extreme scenario in the Marlins and the year they sold off their team after winning the world series.
I realize the Wrigley faithful will still be a reliable fan base attendance-wise once things return to normal but then again an on-field regression after being the most competitive Cubs team since the early 20th century will certainly be a shock to the system.
I'm an old Cubs fan who lived through the dark days of last place finishes only occasionally interrupted by gut wrenching chokes,the team scarred my childhood in 69 and ruined my young adulthood in 84........I sometimes wonder if today's fans realize how historically rare the last six successful years have been. When the Cubs beat the Braves in the NLDS back in 03,it was the first modern day PO series the team ever won and didn't win another until the current group reached the 15 NLCS by beating the Cards.
The team went on to do the UNTHINKABLE the following year and have been generally competitive since missing the postseason only once and winning their division last year.
Does the cost cutting/rebuilding that will result in some popular players that won a F'n WS leaving go over well? Does the WS victory ensure sell-outs into perpetuity with a loyal fan base or does cost cutting go over like a lead balloon for ownership that has raked in BIG $$$ ?