April 4, 2012 |
Somewhere in a Chicago convenience store, a Cubs fan is thumbing through the pages of his baseball preview. The prospects for next year look bleak. A cast of has-beens and could've-beens and probably-wont's fill the Cubs' roster page. The projection shows fourth in the NL Central. The overall preview is depressing. Unfortunately for him, this fan carries a life-threatening disease. It's called "The Disease of '89"; an improbable case of hope that plagues every Cubs fan, but especially those older than 30. No matter what the projection shows, no matter where the players came from, no...
June 7, 2012 |
Because they're unwatchable, I ignore the Cubs. However, Theo Epstein could use a word of advice. Theo, you need to launch Starlin Castro immediately, and you know why. Simply: He was picked before you got here. That means he's tainted, damaged goods, a heartbreaker. If you want to rebuild this thing, tear it all the way down and nuke it good. As Ronald Reagan would say: "Mr. Epstein, tear down this franchise!" Put another way, trust yourself more than you trust the people who brought you: Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Rich Hill, Bobby Hill, Mike Harkey, Gary Scott, Derrick...
July 2, 2012 |
The last time the Cubs played a truly meaningful game, Barack Obama was still a U.S. senator and the "Twilight" series existed only in book form. It's been a long, rough road through the unmet high expectations of 2009, the midseason quit job of 2010 and the general malaise of 2011. But I believe the franchise may have hit rock bottom, and there's no way from there but up. If you've disengaged from regular Cubs fandom - and judging by sinking broadcast ratings and empty seats at Wrigley, you have - now is the time to make like Captain Picard.
April 14, 2013 |
Even for the Cubs, this has been a bizarre week. You can't help but think there's something else at work. You know what we mean. No deal The Cubs wanted to have a Wrigley Field renovation plan in place by Monday. Uh, yeah, that didn't happen. They're still talking things over with city officials and Wrigleyville rooftop owners. Blah, blah, blah. Curse meter: 2 out of 5 Ewwwww … We're all for sending a message to team management when things aren't working out, but not like this.
September 18, 2013 |
He's got a seat with one of the best views in all of sports in the Wrigley Field press box, but on a Cubs game day you'll almost never find the team's communications manager Kevin Saghy in it. "I love the view from the press box, but it can be hard to engage as we would want to if we sat up here for all nine innings," he said. Saghy, who along with colleague Mary Reisert serves as the voice behind the team's @cubs Twitter feed, prefers to spend his days at the ballpark using the account to connect with fans on a personal level.
September 30, 2013 |
He's got four World Series rings, roots in the Chicago area and experience navigating the allegedly haunted halls of Wrigley Field. And now that Dale Sveum has been mercifully put out to pasture, it's time to bring Joe Girardi home to Clark and Addison. Sveum never had a chance with this roster as constructed, with players who should've been in Triple-A Iowa masquerading as major leaguers. It's unlikely he was fired for his record but rather for his inability to get through to Starlin Castro - whose absentmindedness in the field and at the plate has been...