October 30, 2013 |
Dale Sveum is out the door, Joe Girardi chose to stay in New York, and the Cubs are practically back to square one in their search for a new manager. The ultimate goal, one would think, is to pair a manager who develop and relate to players with the swarm of Cubs prospects who will be here in the near future. Currently the list of candidates for Cubs managers is at six. That list includes former Cub Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta and San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.
May 17, 2012 |
So, some doofus at City Hall actually scheduled a NATO summit the same weekend the Cubs are hosting the White Sox. No worries for me. I was planning a weekend of protests anyway. Mine, however, were relegated to more important issues regarding baseball in Chicago. Here's a brief rundown of this weekend's events. All times are CST and approximate, and may in fact never happen. We'll see. Friday 9 a.m., Clark and Addison: Protesting the fact the Cubs can't hold a lead.
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...
June 20, 2012 |
Another round of the Crosstown Classic is in the books, and as usual, we learned a lot about both the Cubs and White Sox in the meantime. Tribune contributed Jake Peavy (still) owns the Cubs In two starts against the Cubs this season, Peavy's pitched 15 1/3 innings and surrendered just one earned run. In his career, he's 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA vs. the North Siders. Does he have any advice for Zach Stewart? Or Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber, for that matter?
August 16, 2012 |
I have seen the future. It is here, and it is bleak. I hate to use actual numbers, because we're more about the feel of things, but this is painful. Your future Cubs. Brett Jackson has struck out like 18 times in 32 at-bats (a .563 average!). Josh Vitters, the third baseman of the present/future, or "the new Gary Scott," is hitting roughly .100. Starlin Castro, the shortstop of the present/future/never, has taken a nosedive since June. Wait, there's more! Matt Garza, your stud pitcher, is done for the year.
August 30, 2012 |
Just a tremendous deal by the Cubs, locking up Starlin Castro for seven years. Maybe. We'll see. There is a lot that can happen in seven years. He could get injured. In fact, I think we all know this is bound to happen. The ADD could really kick in, rendering him useless in the field as he will forget how many outs there are. He could gradually become … a Cub. You know, time passes, you fall in love with life here, it gets too comfortable. He could just implode and go away like Carlos Zambrano.