I don’t even want to talk about last night’s game, because it’s only going to make me mad. I am, however, more than willing to talk about the pilot episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” which was so bad it was funny and has me drooling over what they have in store for us next week. I mean, have you ever seen the headless horseman work an AK-47? Also, I think it’s possible that George Washington is the headless horseman. It was uh-maz-ing.
Not so uh-maz-ing, however have been the 2013 Chicago Cubs. Lately, I’ve begun to see a bunch of blog posts about Dale Sveum’s future. I suppose it was inevitable, it’s not like there’s anything else to talk about (though I did enjoy Dale’s bickering with Edwin Jackson last night. I don’t know what Jackson was so mad about. Dale took him out before he had ‘one of THOSE’ innings. Jackson should have been thanking him). Anyway, I’m curious what you guys think.
On the one hand, Dale says things that make no logical sense and does things that really piss me off. I think he’s unduly hard on Starlin Castro and unduly protective of the place-holder players. He says one thing and then
Theo does another. He kept putting Carlos Marmol in the baseball game.
Then again, I can’t see Lou or Dusty or many other managers putting in an all right-handed lineup against Clayton Kershaw (and it worked). He plays the matchups. He cares about advanced stats. The players seem to respect him.
I guess what I’m saying is that I’m on the fence about Dale. I don’t think he’s a great manager, but I think he could turn into one. If he ever stops importing his hunting buddies from the Brewers to the Cubs, that is. There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether the timing is right for the Cubs and Joe Girardi, but I can’t see that happening, at least not any time soon. Dale came into this job knowing it was going to be a tough row to hoe, and I think Theo and Jed will reward him for that. At the very least, he stays until the end of 2014. What happens then is anyone’s guess.
So now it’s your turn to blog. Should Dale Sveum stay through the end of 2014? Should the Cubs re-sign him? Should the Cubs look elsewhere? Will Dale Sveum be managing this team when it’s finally competitive?
*clap!* *clap!* Entertain me with your insight!