Tonight IS, however, the first game of the non-Rudy Jaramillo Era, which was kicked off by some scathing blog comments from the crowd here at LOHO. As if on cue, Theo fired Rudy this afternoon:
CHICAGO — The problem wasn’t Rudy Jaramillo, Theo Epstein said, but a need for a change in philosophy.
Jaramillo, a well-respected hitting coach with the Rangers who couldn’t seem to have the same success in Chicago, was dismissed on Tuesday as the Cubs’ hitting coach, because the team wanted to commit to a new message, Epstein said.
“Rudy’s not to blame for the results,” said Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. “That’s something we’re all accountable for. We put the roster together. It’s probably more on us than it is on him.
If there was ever any question as to whether or not Theo reads this blog, I think we have put it rest.
On an additional note, because Theo DOES read this blog, I’d like to point that out that I’m available to stand outside the batting cages and tell hitters that their timing is off for far less than $3 million per year. Think about it, Theo.
Was Rudy Jaramillo holding the Cubs back from reaching their full potential? We’ll find out tonight. If the team hits the tar out of the ball, we’ll know it was all Rudy’s fault.
The Cubs are back at Wrigley tonight at 7:05 pm CT, as Paul Maholm (4-4, 4.50) takes on the multi-colored eyes of Max Scherzer (5-3, 5.17).
Lineup to come.