It’s great to see the sentiment, nationwide, after the passing of Cubs legend Ernie Banks. He was a great man, a great athlete and for a product of the Negro Leagues, who came to the Cubs in the 1950’s to spend more than 60 years as the face of the franchise is beyond impressive.
But let’s knock it off with the doubleheader crap, can we?
I have been working on this for a while and I wasn’t sure whether to leave the original #1 reason in or start over. Partly, because I’m still upset about the whole thing, but mostly because I’m too lazy to rewrite it, you’ll see what had me most fired up about spring training.
To celebrate the 107th anniversary of the Cubs immortal 1908 World Champions, let’s see if we can come up with 107 reasons to look forward to spring training.
After letting one of their best players shoot off his mouth about winning the division this season, the Cubs wasted little time in sending an indisputable message of their own to their fans.
“We hate you, and we want you to continue to suffer.”
As though Bill Belichick himself were holding the air pump needle, all Cubs fans balls are deflated today. In an unthinkably short sighted move, the Cubs have sent franchise cornerstone Luis Valbuena to Houston, and unless the return is a 27 year old version of Nolan Ryan…the return is not, can not, and would never be enough.
One of the interesting things about the Cubs leaving WGN radio for WBBM is that apparently WBBM doesn’t have anybody hired yet to do pre and post game shows. Hey, as long as it isn’t George Ofman, I think we’d all be happy.
But they’ve actually taken to posting the job description online, and it’s a doozy.
If you missed it, and because it was in whatever is left of The Sporting News, you probably did, the once esteemed publication picked the Cubs to win the World Series.
I know. Fuck them, right?
The suits at Desipio’s parent company are demanding fresh content, and so they had me pre-write this in the event that the Cubs do the unthinkable and trade Luis Valbuena over the Christmas holiday. I think I handled it very maturely. Of course, it’s easy to take the high road when you know nothing this apocalyptic will actually happen.
Fuck you Theo.
Our good friend Bruce Miles confirmed something we were about to leak. Before signing with the Cubs, Jon Lester was briefed on what to expect from the media who cover the team.
Despite that briefing, Lester still signed on. Our Cubs inside source got a hold of the information. Prepare to be sickened.
The hard part, for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, ended sometime last season. It was probably about the time Jorge Soler joined Javy Baez on the active roster. For three years, two very competitive guys had to have the discipline to make moves for tomorrow, not today, and had to keep doing that over and over again. When they swung and missed at a highly paid free agent like Annibal Sanchez or Masahiro Tanaka, they had to have the discipline to not “Jim Hendry” the money and throw at whatever guy wandered by next.
They had to get to the point where the farm system was built up and the bad contracts were gone. They had histories of going after the best players on the market like Curt Schilling and Adrian Gonzalez, but had to settle for picking Chris Coghlan and Scott Feldman off the scrapheap.
But at the end of last season, the Cubs looked like a real baseball team again. Well, mostly. In three years, the talent level throughout the organization had taken an astonishing turn for the better. They actually looked like a team to be reckoned with in the future.