Remember the Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day”? After the Cubs failed to generate any offense Sunday, Dale Sveum finds himself stuck in a similar situation.
“It’s the same press conference every day, a broken record,” Dale Sveum said. “I don’t know what to say to come up with something different. It’s just frustrating — I mean, golly.”
The Cubs need some kind of offense. Reed Johnson made good contact against Zito as did Starlin Castro, even though he went 0-for-4.
“Other than that, there weren’t a lot of good at-bats,” Sveum said.
Koyie Hill has been trying super hard, but hitting is hard work, y’all.
“If we knew the answer — give credit to them,” Hill said of the sputtering offense. “They’ve run three pretty good pitchers out there. We know Zito has had his issues in the past but he doesn’t look like the same guy. He’s competitive with all his pitches and it makes it tough on us, especially in a ballpark that’s not very hitter friendly to begin with.”
Poor Koyie didn’t even stand a chance against the likes of the Giants.
Even the affable Alfonso Soriano is ready to jump ship.
“I’m 36 years old, so, yeah, I would like to have the opportunity to … if they want to trade me, I hope it is to a team that’s a contender because it’s about trying to go for that ring,” Soriano said before the Cubs’ third consecutive loss. “You want to feel good, feel like maybe you got a chance for that if we don’t have a chance here. But like I said, it depends on them. I don’t control the situation.”
Dale Sveum is doing his part to find Soriano a good home.
“He goes about his business as the ultimate professional,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He works on his outfield play every day, his offense, he does the same stuff every single day. It’s been impressive since the start of spring training how hard he’s worked to try and make himself a better player at [his] age on legs that don’t feel that good.”
Now, if they’d just stop telling the world how horrible his legs are. But Sveum needs someone to talk to, as apparently the front office isn’t returning his calls with the draft looming.
“They’re in lockdown right now,” Sveum said of Epstein and scouting chief Jason McLeod. ”There’s a lot going on in their life right now. It’s just one of those things where you’re in situations, any organization, you want that to be the right pick. In the second round, we want to find those diamonds in the rough. There’s a lot that goes into that draft that people can’t even fathom, to make sure you find the players that can impact the big-league team.”