I noticed a recent comment about being content with the 'novelty' of making the playoffs. Are you saying just making the playoffs is 'good enough'?
If you have been around 25 years (or longer like I have) with this team, you have seen them make the playoffs 6 times. Four times in the last 11 seasons. That's rather impressive compared to the majority of franchises. We are a fortunate generation to have that stretch of 'success'. Think of the folks that lived and breathed the Cubs from 1945 to 1983 (sorry '69 Cubs, I was 6 and can remember). Basically, we were one of the worst franchises in baseball.
For me, the 'novelty' has worn off. This is a franchise that needs to win and win now. Honestly, just getting to the World Series isn't enough. Look at Atlanta. Between 1991-2005, they missed the playoffs only once yet won the Series only ONCE. Ever notice their fan base near the end of that stretch of playoff appearances? They couldn't even sellout during the playoffs. We were practically the home team when we went down there in 2003. Atlanta lost the feeling of the 'novelty' also. Then there is the Yankees. I'm not particularly fond of the Yankees or their fans. However, they expect to win every year. Anything other than that is a failure. I might not be that extreme, because I don't see Yankee fans with big hearts like us Cub fans.
Being content or just happy with an appearance should not be considered a 'novelty' or sense of satisfaction. That ship has passed. We have had the opportunities. Each playoff team we have is/was different than the next. Curses? Yet another way to pass the buck without pointing the finger at the players and coaching staff. Lovable Losers? Bite me.
Tonight I'll wear my emotions on my sleeve with 100% confidence that we will win. If there's another outcome, I will be extremely disappointed, miserable and plain old pissed. We have the best record in the NL and coming out of the strongest NL division. We should be in the World Series. If not, it will be considered a FAILURE. NO EXCUSES!