Goodness knows they deserve it given their long history of going without a championship, but how many new Cubs books are too many?
Actually, even their failures have done well for them in terms of literature. There have been almost as many titles — if not more — lamenting their shortcomings as there have been about other ball clubs’ successes.
If we have to have another one, at least it’s coming from Tom Verducci. The only problem I have is the way Sports Illustrated is humping the project. According to yesterday’s item from publication’s “SI Wire,” a source for late-breaking sports news,
THE CUBS WAY: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse will chronicle how the Cubs went from their days at the bottom of the National League in 2011 to the best team in major league baseball in 2016. Verducci was granted full access to Cubs president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon and the entire roster that helped end the 108-year championship drought.
They proudly proclaim that Verducci, their own senior baseball writer, had full access to the team? Of course he did, that’s his job. It would be big news if someone like me had full access. Still, I’m looking forward to this one much more than the quickies turned out by Chicago’s newspapers.