There was no game yesterday, and apparently that means every beat writer got to take the day off. I scoured my usual news outlets for any news, and found one piece from last week that I failed to notice. It’s not about any Chicago Cubs players, but it is about a former Cubs player who has moved on to greener pastures: Randy Wells. You might remember Randy from his days in the major league rotation, then last year as a guy who wasn’t good at Iowa or in Chicago. But he’s in the Texas Rangers’ camp this spring, and in competition to be their fifth starter. How does Randy like the organization so far?
“They don’t really judge you on your past. It’s all about what you can do in the future,” Wells said. “It’s all up to me. (Manager Ron Washington) laid it out there in the media. It’s competition. And it’s whoever pitches good enough to be there in the end. There are no hidden agendas.”
“No,” Wells said. “Not to say anything that’s going to get me in trouble or anything, but, you know, it’s not much of a competition when you only get one start (in the Cactus League). There are some things that went down that you can dwell on or whatever, but I’m not bitter or unhappy.
“I loved everybody over there. I think Dale Sveum’s a great manager. I wish I would have (had a chance) to play for him a lot longer. (Chris) Bosio’s a great pitching coach. I think they’re moving in the right direction. It’s just sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.
He didn’t get a fair shot, but he’s not bitter or anything and he loves everyone.
Though he did then take responsibility for stinking.
“What I was more bent out of shape about was I had this thing in my mind about playing so long in an organization and starting and finishing (there). The fact of the matter is I just didn’t get the job done. Whether I was hurt or healthy, I didn’t pitch well enough to be able to even go in there and say: ‘Hey, this is (bleep).’ That’s the bottom line.”
Now that Randy is gone, he’s sad he won’t be a part of the resurgent Cubs, but he’s moved on.
“They’re going in the right direction,” Wells said. “That was the most disappointing thing. You really wanted to be a part of something special in Chicago. Whenever that happens, it’s going to be pretty epic. But it was time to move on and I’m happy to be here. (I’m) happy to be a Ranger.”
Everyone send Randy good thoughts!