I agree that this season was a lost cause from the very beginning, but I'm a diehard Cubs fan, and as a diehard fan I'm going to watch as many games as I can and pull for the Cubs in the present no matter how futile doing so proves to be because I can only live in the present. I can look ahead to a potentially bright future as much as I want, but I can't live that possibility right now. The only Cubs I can live right now are the present Cubs, the Cubs that unloaded their two best SPs, the Cubs are on a five game losing streak, the Cubs that are 13 games below .500. Of course, I could ignore the 2014 Cubs, not watch the games, and say "meh, I'll watch the team once there's hope". But I'm a diehard, and I'm going to watch and root for this team through the thick and thin. Now, do I disagree with the trade itself, irregardless of the timing and whatnot? No. I think that in the long run the trade can only help the Cubs (well, signing Samardzija to a long-term contract would have been the best case scenario but the son of a you-know-what wasn't satisfied with the Cubs' 5 year, $85M offer so he had to go). I'm not saying "WTF da Cubz shudn't trade dere playerz dey shud win da World Seereez in 2014!1!1!1!!!!!". The Cubs had a "must win now" attitude every season under Jim Hendry and how did that work out? The Cubs are still recovering from the mess Hendry left with the ridiculous long-term contracts he signed today; that's the main reason this rebuilding process has been so lengthy. I know that in the long term what the Cubs have done in the past few years is only dramatically increasing the team's chances in years to come. What frustrates me isn't necessarily the fact that the Cubs are losing in 2014, it's the fact that I, as a diehard Cubs fan in the present that is 2014, have to live through it and bear it. It's also not just that their losing, it's that they're losing in -- for the lack of a better adjective -- the most Cubs ways possible. 13-0 losses to end four game win streaks, bullpen implosions, being up 5-0 in the third inning and completely imploding in every way to lose 5-6. The final reason for my frustrations is Anthony Rizzo. The guy should be an All-Star already with his 19 HRs being second in the NL, especially because he has 2 HRs in two days. Now, if any other player in this year's NL Final Vote hit two homers in two days, he'd probably be leading or close to it. But because the Cubs haven't won since the Final Vote candidates were announced, people aren't seeing Rizzo's home runs on the highlight reels, he's not being noticed, and the Cubs not winning will most likely be the catalyzing factor that causes Anthony Rizzo, a guy who deserves to be on that NL roster more than many of the players who have already made it, miss out on the ASG. Sure, I think he'll make the team one day, but who knows, maybe something awful happens and he never has a chance like this, rendering the Cubs losing ways the reason for Rizzo never receiving that honor. Are sports or baseball or the Cubs the only things that matter to me? No. But as someone who takes pride in being a Cubs fan, dedicates time and energy to this team, and has seen them win and knows how it feels, these setbacks and frustrations just get under my skin more than they do to the average Cubs fan.