The last of a dying breed.
Tradition vs. Good Feelings and I vote for Tradition.
The Cubs are (again) knocking around the idea of doing away with the “L” flag flown on the score board after a team loss. (They also fly a “W” after wins).
The flags came into play decades ago as a way of letting those passing by the stadium check on the game’s result, but is now being criticized for being too negative a visual.
Oh come on. As every Cubs fan should know by now, teams lose. In fact, in baseball, they lose A LOT. Even the very best teams are going to lose 50 or 60 games a year, and most times many more. The “L” flag is merely a representation of what will be reality with or with out it.
And if we rid ourselves of the “L” flags, must we also rid ourselves of the much beloved “W” flags, displayed now not only on the scoreboard after a win but by umpteen fans in Wrigley and in/on the surrounding buildings? I don’t see that going over particularly well, nor it stopping amongst the fans even if officially mandated. And if the “W’ is still flown when the team is victorious, won’t the absence of an “L” after losses speak as loudly (if not more so) to the teams failure as one lowly flag would have?
…to say nothing of the very tradition of flying those flags, which might not play well to increasingly sensitive cub fans, players, or management, eager to bury their heads against anything so painful as losing (much less a fabric representation of such) that they will rally against what was once but a means of communicating a baseball result.
Showed up on both Letterman and SNL-Thursday tonight to talk about his Cubbies.
we’re gonna get through this together, Bill.