There are a number of reasons I have turned away over the years from being an avid fan of my hometown Chicago Cubs baseball team.
First there was the Cubs' heartbreaking collapse in the home stretch of the 1969 National League pennant race, when they were overtaken by the Miracle Mets. Then there was the gutwrenching 1984 playoff loss to the San Diego Padres after first baseman Leon Durham let a grounder trickle between his legs. Finally there was the suicide-inducing loss to the Florida Marlins in the 2003 playoff finals after a Cubs fan interfered with left fielder Moises Alou's effort to catch a Marlins' pop foul. The Cubs had been within five outs of what looked like a sure game victory that would have taken them to their first World Series since 1945.
These setbacks were enough to sour me on the Cubs, since I’m not a lover of perennial losers. But now there’s an even more egregious turnoff. The Cubs, owned by the billionaire Ricketts family, may be cutting the hours of their grounds crew staff to keep them under 130 hours a month and thus avoid having to offer them health insurance as required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.