Enough with the “Cubs look to get back on track” and “Cubs win three in a row!” Honestly, I don’t have it in me anymore. This team stinks, and there’s no getting around it. Most of the lineup stinks, the manager stinks, and the third base coach most certainly stinks. This team is 22 games below .500 and dropping like a rock.
I would be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that the online community (read: bloggers) told everyone this team was going to stink from the beginning. But I digress.
Want to know the real kick in the pants? Jim Hendry doesn’t think this team is that bad:
“You always need some kind of rebuilding when you’re in fifth place,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Friday. “But you don’t look at it like we’re not going to compete. When somebody says, ‘Blow the place up and start over and do it right,’ OK, does that mean we should get rid of the people who are young?”
Hendry said the team needs only to add a few pieces, continue the development of young players like Tyler Colvin, James Russell and Starlin Castro, and next year should be different.
“Why couldn’t we be right back in it?” Hendry said.
You really want me to explain it to you, Jim? Okay, here we go. This team will stink next year for the same reason it stinks this year: streaky offense, so-so starting pitching, and a bullpen that can’t hold a lead. Oh, and because you apparently will be putting the team together again. If you need any more reasons, let me know. I have about 10,000 of them.
It’s one thing to put together a team that stinks. That’s probably happened to every GM on the planet at one point or another. But it is quite another thing to constantly thumb your nose at fans by telling them how few changes to plan to make to the ALREADY TERRIBLE TEAM. It’s disrespectful, arrogant, and presumptuous. And frankly, of the owners want to sell any tickets for 2012, they should tell their GM to shut the hell up.
If you’re looking for a bit of good news today, take a look at this:
ST. LOUIS — Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff, will throw off the mound on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., and is expected to join the team in Pittsburgh this week.
Cashner, who went on the DL after his first start of the season April 5, has been rehabbing at the Cubs’ facility in Arizona most of the season. He joined the team before the All-Star break.
I suppose this should make me happy, but instead, I’ll say this: Do you know what else the Cubs stink at? TRUTH TELLING. How many times did we hear that Cashner was “a week or two” behind Wells?
To sum up, I really hate this team and the brain trust that put them together. The End.
Oh yes, and there’s a game this afternoon. 3:10 pm CT on FOX. Â Rodrigo Lopez v. Kyle Lohse. I’m sure we’ll lose 587 – 0. Enjoy.