The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with Matt Garza last night by agreeing to a 1-year, $10.25 contract:
Garza’s representatives at CAA announced the new deal on Twitter: “#Cubs Matt Garza (@Gdeuceswild) agrees to a $10.25M contract to avoid salary arbitration.” Garza himself revealed the contract on his Twitter account: “Business side over! Hooray! Time to focus on what really matter… 2013 #GoCubsGo”
The Cubs were expected to make a formal announcement on Friday.
Assuming Garza is healthy and ready to go (God knows he doesn’t appreciate it when people say anything different), I’m surprised to find myself not hating the Cubs starting rotation for the first time in . . well . . for the first time in a while. Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson . . that’s not terrible. It’s not terrific, but it’s not terrible. I would even go so far as to call it “acceptable.”
For the first time in many years, I’m not going to the Cubs Convention this weekend. This wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision (more of a procrastination about calling the Cubs for a media pass) until about Tuesday, at which point I finally fessed up and admitted to myself that I really, really didn’t want to go.
I’ve thought a lot about why this is. I think it has something to do with the proliferation of bloggers covering the event. Something to do with the fact that the last three seasons have blurred together into what feels like one, big, awful season. Something to do with the kind of people who typically attend Cubs Convention; the kind who love the Cubs more than they love baseball (let’s just say that Ryan Theriot is still really popular among Cubs Con attendees).
But mostly, I just don’t care about anything anyone has to say anymore. I know what Theo and Jed are going to say. I know what Dale Sveum is going to say. I know what the new players are going to say. I know what Ronnie Woo-Woo is going to say (and try to touch, unfortunately). What is comes down to is me not feeling like celebrating this team right now. And let’s face it, Cubs Con, starting with the “Opening Ceremonies” tonight, is one big pep rally for the team.
Sadly, I’m not all that peppy about the team as of late.
It’s not that I don’t understand the rebuilding process, I do.
It’s not that I’m impatient with the progress Jed and Theo are making. I am.
It’s not that I had huge expectations for the first year of Theo’s reign. I didn’t.
Mostly, I just feel like talking about the team is tired, celebrating the team is premature, and standing in line for an hour to get a photo taken with Dave Sappelt is ridiculous. I don’t want to listen to people ask Theo why Tony Campana doesn’t start and I don’t need to watch the Cubs answer stupid questions like “Blondes, Brunettes, or Redheads?”
I just want to see them play better baseball.
The only thing I will regret missing is the camaraderie with my fellow bloggers. If you want live coverage from Cubs Con, I would suggest heading on over to see our friends at Obstructed View. I know Tim, Adam and the gang over there will keep us all apprised of the happenings.
Before you roll into the weekend, make sure you’re following LOHO’s Facebook page and me on Twitter. I post thing throughout the day on social media that don’t necessarily make it over here. What can I say? I’m easily distracted.