Even With Early Struggles, Hope Remains For Cubs

Andrew MillerContributor IJune 15, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 27: Milton Bradlery #21 of the Chicago Cubs warms-up before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Usually a .500 start through 60 games is cause for celebration in Cubs' nation. However, after two empty trips to the postseason, there seems to be an added sense of urgency for this 2009 Cubs team.

The buzz around the Cubs right now is overwhelmingly negative, and after a few losing streaks that the Cubs have suffered recently, it's understandable. But the most difficult thing for fans to grasp is the concept of just how long baseball's regular season is. For as bad as the offense has been, for as bad as the back end of the bullpen has been, and for as bad as the Cubs major contributors have played, they are only 2.5 games back of first, and only one game back in the loss column.

No one in the NL Central is running away with this division and the Cubs best baseball is undoubtedly ahead of them. It's easy to point the finger at the Cubs front office for the poor start, but I believe that this 2009 version of the Chicago Cubs hasn't gelled yet. 

The goal of this season isn't about what happened through these first 60 games. This season will be judged sometime in September/October as whether it was a failure or not. If the Cubs make the postseason, it won't matter what their record was on June 15, 2009. It won't matter that the offense is struggling. The Cubs, and their fans, need to keep their eyes on the goal. The World Series has never been lost in June.