So the Cubs finally have a new manager. I for one was getting pretty antsy about the whole thing. Mostly because they have a game coming up…in four months.
They have hired Rick Renteria. Renteria has served the last few years as the Padres bench coach, dispensing pearls of wisdom to Bud Black. He spent eight years in the minors as a manager, including a season in lovely Geneva, Illinois managing the Kane County Cougars.
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.
Apparently the Cardinals and Giants played game two of the NLCS last night. I wouldn’t know because Cardinals games are not broadcast where I live.
Even when I move.
But in that alleged game, Matt Holliday allegedly took out Marco Scutaro on a throw at second base. Some people are even saying that this was a dirty play:
Just a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, Starlin Castro thought there were two outs when there was only one, and he ate the ball and started to trot off the field when he should have tried (though it was unlikely to have worked) to turn a double play. A run scored. The Cubs lost. The Cubs gritty, lump faced manager threw a hissy fit after the game. Dopes with newspaper columns called for Starlin to be benched. Dumbasses on the radio demanded the Cubs trade the “undisciplined” “unfocused” 22-year old shortstop.
Cubs fans take a lot of shit, and most of it is undeserved.
I said “most” of it is undeserved. If the way many Cubs fans (not us, of course…we’re the brightest of a largely dull bunch) are reacting to the realities of watching a rebuilding baseball team, is an indication of how the next two or three years (minimum) are going to be…shoot us all now.
By far the biggest problem right now is the award winning combination of impatience and stupidity that’s running amok among fans and guys with radio and/or TV shows.