Baseball is BACK!

Well, for now at least… There is that whole pandemic thing out there that could still easily throw even the best-laid plans into the dumpster fire that has been the year 2020.

But baseball is BACK!! And it’s about fucking time.

The Cubs released a hype video to their fans Tuesday night announcing baseball’s triumphant return. And while we’re certainly happy to finally get the news that millionaires and billionaires finally settled their obnoxious $hit $how (well, kinda not really), their haughty “There Will Be Baseball” proclamation comes off as if they are doing us all a favor. It’s as if we should salute their tireless efforts to bring us the game they’ve actively been working to destroy.

Now, I’m certainly not criticizing the good people in Cubs Productions at Marquee Sports Network — a network not yet available to the majority of Cubs fans due to interminable contract negotiations with Comcast and YouTube TV — who expertly crafted the typically polished and poignant piece. But in all the Cubs’ magnanimous grandeur, it comes across, like so many other recent public statements, as completely tone-deaf.

It seems they continue to fail to realize the shit they’ve put us all through, completely ignoring the three-plus months of infuriating fighting over the mountains of money WE’VE been paying them all these years. It’s as if the last three months of their absurd posturing and lies never happened.

But go ahead and take your victory lap, baseball. Take your victory lap while glossing over your months of mudslinging over money while millions of Americans are out of work. Take your victory lap celebrating your arrival right back where you were on March 26th.

Maybe instead of pompously announcing to us “There Will Be Baseball” how about a sincere apology and a fucking “Thank You”?