I’ll admit that I passed on last night’s Chicago Cubs game in favor of laying on my bed and staring at the ceiling, but before you give me the standard “how can you tell they don’t care? can you read their minds? Hmmmm?” stuff, hear me out. You think the fans are the only ones just trying to get through this season? Not so . . the players are, too.
After his horrible performance on Tuesday Night, Shawn Camp conveniently revealed that he had a sore toe that he never told anyone about. He’s now been placed on the 15-day DL, much to the chagrin of Michael Bowden, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room for Matt Garza. Rafael Dolis has been recalled from AAA Iowa.
When asked why Camp wasn’t put on the DL earlier, Dale Sveum said that the team didn’t know about Camp’s injured toe, as he never told anyone. A) That’s extremely selfish on Camp’s part, given how terribly he’s been pitching, and B) I’m quite sure the Cubs have known about Camp’s 7.30 ERA for quite some time (Bowden has been much better this year, posting a 3.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP).
After my twitter rant about Shawn Camp yesterday, I heard from a few different sources that he wasn’t exactly known for “hard work” around Wrigley Field. One source pointed out that while Carlos Marmol is always seen performing pre-game cardio and post-game lifting, Shwan Camp pretty much foregoes all of that, the implication being that Camp really doesn’t seem all that interested in getting any better than he is.
On top of that, Gordon Wittenmeyer was on 670 The Score this morning, and he echoed what I’ve heard from another source in recent days: The Cubs are full of guys concerned about their own performance for contract reasons and a bunch of journeymen who show up to collect their paychecks. Wittenmeyer’s point was that there’s no Kerry Wood or Eric Karros on this Cubs team to rally the troops or get on people for stupid mistakes that cost ballgames.
So that’s . . encouraging.