Ah, I was just starting to think the Cubs would be all right in 2005. I mean, full seasons of Walker, Nomar, you know, the usual positive arguments. There are plenty of negative ones too, such as "Sammy Blah-Blah-BLAH," which is really getting annoying. Sammy isn't the problem. He'll be better this year if he stays healthy. Those injuries were weird, so they (most likely) won't happen. What REALLY gets my gator (that's one of those sayings, right?) is how most people think, "Even though we may have weaknesses, we have Jim Hendry. He's a good'un, and he'll fix us."
I used to believe in Jimmy, I really did. Wow, he drafted so-and-so, Prior! Well, who the hell wouldn't have drafted Prior. Wow, he traded for Kenny and Aramis. We needed a centerfielder because TOM GOODWIN was going to be the guy. Aramis was practically a no-brainer. The guy was 25 and undoubtedly an improvement over Lenny Harris (gahhhh) and whoever else happened to wander in from one of the local bars. Hey now, he got Nomar. Um, I still haven't figured out that trade. Don't get me wrong, I loooove Nomar! It just doesn't make sense, really. I'll give Hendry credit for a pretty cool farm system. I mean, there are positions other than pitcher, but I'm not going to nitpick there (DOPESLAP!). What gets me is how he doesn't like "stats." He said (I'm paraphrasing here), basically, that he doesn't think on-base percentage is that important. Okay. Wait, WHAT? He doesn't even like an incredibly simple statistic like OBP. He's going to take "tools" over "ability to NOT GET OUT." READ THAT AGAIN. Excuse me while I go bang my head on the wall.
*Sigh* It's no use getting worked up over the many glaring weaknesses of this team, though. I'll always be addicted to the Cubs. It's just in my blood, I guess. (Thanks, Mom & Dad.) However, I don't have to be mad (both crazy and angry) ALL the time. My official 2nd team is the Oakland A's. Why? They have almost everything the Cubs don't. Patient players? Numerous patient players? Yes, yes. Manager that doesn't make moronic decisions? (Don't EVEN get me started on Dusty...) Yes. Ken Macha is da coolest (he really chomps that gum). Brilliant GM that will do ANYTHING to put the team in the best position to win? Um, I'd say so. I don't think everyone should be Billy Beane (the world would explode), but when GARY HUGHES is the assistant GM, there are some serious personnel changes needed. See the Baseball America Gary Huckaby/Voros McCracken vs. Gary Hughes/That Angels Guy chat for proof. (Nowhere to be found, to me anyway.) Gary Hughes hadn't heard of DIPS. (You know, defense independent pitching statistics, Voros' great invention.) It would be one thing if Gary had heard of it and just decided he didn't like it (although dumb), but he HADN'T HEARD OF IT. EVER.
I'm not writing about Dusty. I despise him. I hate how he gets away with so much, I hate how everyone thinks his teams always do better in the second half, I hate how he sits his cute little son on his lap when the post-game questions are going to be tough, I hate how he is perceived as a great manager by so many, and, most of all, I hate that he is in charge of the Cubs. This Jenius has too much power. Make him the manager of the AAA team or something. Don't let him run the big league team. It's just awful.
I'm not always such a pessimist. I'm not usually like this. How could I hate the team for which Carlos Zambrano plays? Just thinking about him makes this whole post pointless. "That's right, Barry Bonds, I caught your weak little line drive back at me. You go sit down." There are a LOT of good players on the team, and maybe a few really rotten ones, too, but isn't it time for us to have a 2004 Cards season (minus the ending, of course)? The offense doesn't give me hope, the pitching doesn't give me hope, and the front office certainly doesn't give me hope. Carlos gives me hope. (hee hee)
I haven't figured out how to link to sites through words, but I'll get it soon.