Look, I'm not trying to play Debbie Downer here. I'm just trying to temper your expectations with a harsh little dose of realism.
Sports fans must, by nature, be optimists.
Every first-round draft pick is going to be the savior of your franchise. Every prized minor league prospect is going to lead your team to multiple World Series titles. Every glimmer of hope is a reason to believe that greatness is on the horizon.
Sports fans, by nature, also have a tendency to get just a liiiiiiiittle bit ahead of themselves.
First-round draft picks quickly become busts. Prized minor league prospects don't pan out. Glimmers of hope all too soon dissolve into memories of what could have been.
I'm a Cubs fan. I get disappointment. I understand heartbreak. And it's no fun.
So think of this article as an act of love.
Think of this article as my way of reminding you, as my readers and my friends, that the harder you hope, the harder you fall.
And I'd hate to see you fall too hard.