So game six of the 2003 NLCS was ten years ago today? You don’t say.
The good folks over at Comcast Sports Net have assembled a 9o minute special to air tomorrow night just to talk about how the Cubs were five outs away from the World Series that night. Gee, that should be fun viewing. I’d better set my TiVo to capture those treasured memories forever.
Allow me to put what that night means into perspective.
Those of you who sleep under a rock probably just realized that the Cubs fired Dale Sveum yesterday. You probably noticed because you rolled over and he wasn’t there.
On Sunday night, Theo Epstein and Dale had a couple of beers and chatted for a couple of hours. During the chat, Theo fired Dale. Given Dale’s crack communication skills he probably didn’t notice.
So yesterday they met at Wrigley Field and Theo fired him again. Some (well, let’s be honest almost all) of the media are proclaiming Theo’s first managerial hire with the Cubs a failure.
They are, of course, wrong.
So today, Gordon Wittenmyer of what’s left of the Chicago Sun-Times decided to play Snopes and debunk five things he thinks are myths about the Cubs rebuilding plan. Because two years of rebuilding 100 years of suck is more than enough, so it’s time to expose Theo Epstein for what he really is, a big fraud who poops his pants.
Cubs’ rebuilding project has taken on as much fiction as fact
Myths? Fiction? Hey, it’s not like a headline writer’s got time to actually read the article.
How quickly will the on-field misery for players and fans continue? How many more doomed-from-the-start seasons will be endured until somebody besides the opponent is celebrating at Wrigley?
Well, it’s been 105 years of on-field misery for players and fans, so what’s a year or two or five more?
Last week was just one giant clusterfuck for the boy geniuses (geniui?) that run the Cubs. Theo Epstein claims his remarks that no decision had been made on bringing Dale Sveum back for the 2014 season that he’s contractually obligated to manage, were just a case of him “answering questions honestly.”
His honesty started speculation that the Cubs were going to wait and see if Joe Girardi and Ron Gardenhire become available before they tell Dale if he needs to take down the Slayer posters in his office.
When Theo decided to clarify things he pointed out that Dale is not being evaluated on wins and losses (good thing for Dale), but on player development and communication.
Earlier this year the Cubs announced a contest in which fans could save them the expense of hiring an actual graphic designer and create a logo for the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. Many of us toiled for months perfecting our designs, and the Cubs have announced the four finalists, and will pick the winner Saturday.
Let’s check out the final four contenders:
Dear Cubs fans,
I’m Dale Sveum, and I’m the manager of the Cubs. We play baseball for a living, and we’re not winning a lot of games or nothing right now, but this is pretty much the best bunch of guys a manager could ever ask for and we’re trying real hard. My contract isn’t over until the end of next season, but there’s a lot of talk now that the Cubs might not let me manage the team next year.
Let me be the first to tell you, that, that is a crock of shit.
Pardon my French.
I guess shit is French for crap or something.
I know my team hasn’t won a lot of games these last couple of years, and I take full responsibility for that, because I’m the manager. I learned from Tito Francona over there when we was in Boston together that everything is the manager’s fault. Even when the third base coach sends like three runners to easy outs at home plate during one inning or something. When I was up there in Milwaukee with Ned, we used to get pissed drunk and go jogging, and even if one of your coaches trips and shoves you into traffic and you break your collarbone, it’s your fault. It’s just how this works.
Ryan Braun’s raging herpes? That’s Ron Roenicke’s fault.
Delmon Young yells mean things at Jewish people? That’s on Jim Leyland.
Ryan Dempster goes on the DL when a seltzer bottle explodes in his pants…nah, that one was on Dempster.
A lot of good things have happened since I got this job when Mike Maddux decided the house he was building in Dallas was too nice for him to move to Chicago.
Last week, self appointed President of Cubs Fandom Al Yellon decided to explain once and for all why he has been, and remains, a Chicago Cubs fan. I wanted to just ignore it, I really did. But then some of you decided I just had to read it, and once it started, my fate was sealed.
Some of you — at times, most of you — have wondered why I keep going to every home Cubs game, and continue to keep my season tickets.
Let’s just say for a minute you are paid to write about the Cubs, as a fan, and you do it and apparently lots of people ask why you’re doing it, wouldn’t you take that as a sign that they wish somebody other than you was doing it?
You’d have to be somewhat self-aware for that to cross your mind. Thankfully, Al is the least self-aware ninny in the universe.