On yesterday’s episode of Wrigley Talk Friday, we discussed the . . uh . . lack of stimulation we feel when watching this year’s Chicago Cubs. Which I suppose is a nice way of saying that we find this team really boring. It got even more boring yesterday, when the Cubs sent Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo, two of the only reasons to pay attention to Spring Training games, back to the minors.
Despite waiting months for Spring Training baseball, I find that I’m just not into the game so far this year. I’m zoned out by the bottom of the second, using the game more as background noise than anything else.
Is this because the games don’t count yet? Maybe, but I think it’s something more.
Cubs fans are more than on-board the rebuilding/renovation going on at Clark and Addison. God knows it needed to be done. And most fans understand that the Cubs probably aren’t going to be competitive this season. Maybe not even next season.
However, I think most Cubs fans were hoping that, in watching this team not compete, we’d at least get a glimpse of what was coming. In other words. . . we want to see the kids. Instead, we’re getting a hefty dose of what I call the “placeholder” players: the guys who aren’t part of the future, aren’t all that good at present, and are on the roster mainly as a body until the Cubs find someone better to put there. Perhaps I’m being unrealistic, but I really can’t take another season of Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker, Marlon Byrd, James Russell et al. Add one David DeJesus, a Bryan LaHair, and an Ian Stewart to the mix, and you have a recipe for not-very-exciting baseball.