I'd Hate The Cubs Too If I Didn't Love Them So Much

Owen StifflerContributor IApril 7, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 20: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs leaps into his teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off solo home run in the 9th inning to beat the Chicago White Sox on June 20, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baseball season is back, and so are the Cubs haters.

Maybe it's just because I'm a Cubs fan that I realize this, but every year it seems there are more and more people who are opposed to the Chicago Cubs.

Maybe it's because every postseason they shutdown and don't compete, yet, at the beginning of the very next season, they're one of the favorites.

It might also be the fact that the Cubs are a large-market team and gobble up free agents like Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley before other teams can even think about it. 

It probably doesn't help to be in a city where a solid portion of the residents have a feeling of hatred towards the Cubs more than any other part of the nation...aside from Missouri that is. 

For being dubbed "The Lovable Losers", it does feel like there is a lot of hate directed towards them. 

Living in a portion of Illinois where there's a mix of Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, and Sox fans could also play a part in why I feel like I encounter a lot of dislike towards the team that I live and die by. 

All I know though is that if everyone in this world was a little bit more like the Cubs, this world would be a much more glorious place. 101 years of disappointment, and they're back at it and ready to go at the beginning of each April. 

Being a Cubs fan, I feel like I can handle anything: Winning, failure, and even hate.

Non-Cubs fan can keep hating, but us Cubs fans will only continue to love this beautiful franchise more and more. 

God bless the Chicago Cubs.