I hope the title of today’s headline thread pulled you all in but that you’re not expecting much. Yes, I falsely advertised, but what do you expect from a 94-loss team after a day off? First, we’ll hear from David DeJesus. He has plenty of experience playing for crap teams.
‘‘It was tough,’’ said DeJesus, who went through three consecutive 100-loss seasons with the Kansas City Royals from 2004 to ’06. ‘‘It’s just that number you don’t want to be a part of.
‘‘We tried to go young, then we brought in some [veteran] guys, then injuries came and took those guys, so we were back to bringing young guys up again. It was just one of those things where we couldn’t really get over the rebuilding stage.’’
So how do today’s Cubs compare to those Royals?
‘‘At first glance, I feel this team has more talent than those teams,’’ he said. ‘‘But it all depends on pitching. This game’s about pitching.
‘‘We have guys that are going out there, and time will tell if they’re going to be ready to play up to the [Cincinnati] Reds, the [St. Louis] Cardinals. This is a tough division. There’s some good pitching going on in this division.’’
At second and third glance, I feel this team is screwed. I know it doesn’t get much more exciting than David DeJesus, but I’ve held the best part for after the jump. Come inside and see what other thrilling news exists…
If you were hoping the thrilling news would include Tony Campana, you’re in luck. Dave van Dyck thinks the biggest surprise for the Cubs at the deadline was that Tony Campana didn’t get traded somewhere. Who wouldn’t want a player whose only value is as a pinch runner?
“I heard some whispers (about trade rumors), but that’s all,” Campana said.
Tony knows he has some work to do this winter to become more than just an adorable elite base stealer. He’ll be spending part of the winter in sunny Venezuela honing his batting skills (or trying to locate some).
“I need to get more at-bats,” he said. “I didn’t get a ton of at-bats here this year (169 with the Cubs), so it will help to get 100 to 150 at-bats and work on some things and try to keep progressing as an offensive player.”
Campana knows he will need to be more than a slap hitter to reach base consistently, but he’s hardly in position to complain.
“When you get an opportunity, you just try to do the best with it,” he said. “I’ve tried to do that. So now I’ll go (to winter ball) this offseason and try to get a little better and (come back to) do the same thing next year.
“If I have (to go back to Iowa), that’s what happens. I’ll just go down there and do my thing and try to make it back up.”
Good luck, Tony! I wish you could develop into a .400 OBP guy. That would be swell.