World Series or bust? Not so, says Lou

World Series or bust? Not so, says Lou

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 14:26
Lou was on fire this morning. For some reason, it seems stuck in his craw that the public would like for the Cubs to win the World Series one of these years. Don't know why that would be. The guy that hired Lou, former team president John McDonough, made it the organization's singular goal when he took over after the disastrous 2006 season. The Cubs are spending about $125 million this year on top of it. But here's Lou's take: "You know, the amazing part about it is, I hear all these things about, 'This team is built to win the World Series.' Well, which team isn't built to win the World Series? Is this the only team in baseball that's built to win the World Series? I don't think so. All teams, when they are put together, are built to win the World Series. Some get a chance to, and some don't." It gets even better, with Lou throwing in a word we can't quite print in full: "To hear all this talk of, 'Well if you guys don't win the division and you don't win a World Series, it's a lost year.' That's a bunch of bull****. That's just the way I feel." Never mind that Cubs fans have been waiting 100 years. "I know, but it's not fair. It's not fair to put all the expectations of all the past failures here and all the past successes here on the 2008 team. You let this team stand on its own merit, and you let them do what can do as well as they can do and let them go as far as they can. I tell you this. This team has played hard all year. They've treated the people in Chicago to a damn good season of baseball, and believe me, they all want to win as much as I do. But the problem is, there's only one team that can win. For people to say that this team is built for the World Series, and if it doesn't win the World Series, it's not a successful year, I just don't buy that. Period." I was standing about 14 inches from Lou, and I reminded that the Cubs brought him in and paid him millions to deliver that World Series trophy. "I'm trying the best I can," he said. "And if I don't win it, there will be somebody else here that you'll be talking about. And if I do win it, there will be somebody else here anyway, so what's the difference? What's the difference? Everybody that puts on a uniform wants to do it. But it doesn't happen. It's not an easy thing to go. You talk to these players, they play hard all year. You talk to the other teams in contention. They tell you the same thing. I understand it's been a long, long, long time here. I understand it. I really do. I can empathize. But at the same time, this is the 2008 team. Period. This is not the 1968 team, the 1943 team. This is not the 1918 team. This is the 2008 team, and these kids have played as well as they possibly can for as long as they possibly can. We'll go out there, and give it all we've got. But that's all we can do. Nothing more and nothing lesss. So what do you think? Is it win the World Series or bust?
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