In honor of the Olympics, where countries across the globe gather, put aside their differences and celebrate competition and athletic achievement, I am suspending the normal ranting and honoring the true, amateur athletes around the world.
Just kidding! I'm not going to do that because of the baseball trade deadline!
Some good, some bad.
The Cubs. Theo Epstein is made for Chicago. He has already shown an amazing knack for tearing down a franchise! Now it's time to start building … and building.
We're in Phase I of the build-out. I do not believe Dale Sveum will be alive for Phase II. Nor will I.
Seriously, gone are Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto, Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. The problem? Um, not sure about all those "prospects" we're getting. Um, a 21-year-old, Arodys Vizcaino, who has already had Tommy John surgery!
You know, if I ever have a kid and he tells me he wants to be a pitcher, the first thing he's getting is Tommy John surgery. Then we can talk about being a pitcher. Who hasn't had it?
And really … that's it. I'm not seeing much else. So if we're stripping it down—and word is Alfonso Soriano will be moved too—we're left to build with Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, and that's it. No pitchers.
Well, it's early. The Bag will occasionally monitor the Cubs until 2015, when they're scheduled to win the division and choke in the playoffs.
The news is better, meaning mixed, for the Sox. Welcome, Francisco Liriano! I absolutely hated you when we couldn't hit you, but now after Tommy John surgery, I love you!
Note: Can we just get Tommy John to come in and coach these guys? Who would be better?
Also, Kenny Williams, seriously. No one has had a better season than you, considering you also hired Robin Ventura. But one mistake: You gave the money to John Danks, not Mark Buehrle. No one's perfect. Maybe in the future just give the money to the surgeons!
We'll miss you for the stretch run, John, but we'll manage. We have all year.
Now back to the Olympics. Snooze.
Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.