Granted, we all knew this season was going to, for lack of a better word, blow. We knew we were going to witness the complete destruction of the Jim Hendry Cubs (thank God) and the rebuilding of the organization from . . well . . . scratch. Before the season even started, we pondered whether or not this team could lose 100 games.
But man, it’s been brutal.
Your team is worse than I thought – whoops, wait a minute, I think another Cub just struck out – and so is your future.It’s not here yet and won’t be for a long time. Heck, it looks like it’ll be a long time before the Cubs become even a competent major league team.
I didn’t say competitive. I certainly didn’t say contender. I said competent, and I said I haven’t seen much that sniffs even that modest level.
As I imagined it, the 2012 season was Theo Epstein getting to know everybody, 2013 was supposed to be the season they finished razing the failures of the last five or so administrations and show some progress, then 2014 was supposed to be a big step up the standings, 2015 at worst.
But now, based on what I’ve seen of players given the chance to show their color and character, all I can say is, “oy.”
On the one had, this article is written by Steve Rosenbloom. On the other, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t occasionally have these very same thoughts. Mostly because of this:
After whacking the farm director and two statheads last week, Epstein fired six scouts Wednesday, and if you need to know why they had to go, just look at the young misery on the field.
No, wait, don’t look. It’ll make you sick or sad, or both.
Of the Cubs-developed talent that Epstein and his bunch have taken over and looked over — and reached for air-sickness bags over — only Jeff Samardzija looks like he can start. The other four spots in the rotation put the “for’’ in forfeit.
Well . . . yeah. Though he is forgetting Matt Garza.
It’s an odd morning when you wake up and find that you kinda sorta “get” where Steve Rosenbloom is coming from. It’s probably going to take me all day to shake off the heebie-jeebies. But it got me thinking. And I hope it will get you talking.
Has this season been worse than you thought it would be? Do you think it’s been worse than Theo thought it would be? Does the current mess in Boston give you pause about Theo? And, most importantly, how far away is a “competitive” season?
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