I’ve basically spent the last three days fighting with people on the internet, and I’ve decided that the reason why is that I have a lot of unpopular opinions. Some about the Chicago Cubs, some about the world in general. Because I’ve had a lot of headaches lately (for which I ALSO blame the internet) and because I’m tired and hungry a lot of the time, fighting with people on the internet makes me unusually rage-y lately. So, in keeping with a recent Twitter meme that encouraged people to share their unpopular opinions without fear of reprisal, let’s all get our unpopular opinions off our chests.
Here are some of mine:
- Even though they may be great at working with kids and may be all that the Cubs desire in a manager, I’m underwhelmed by the prospect of AJ Hinch, Manny Acta, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Rick (Rich?) Renteria. Davey Martinez or bust.
- I don’t care if hiring Davey Martinez as manager alienates Ryne Sandberg.
- “Redskins” is a racial slur. If you disagree with me, you’re wrong.
- I don’t care if Jeff Samardzija plays for the Cubs next season or not.
- Red peppers taste terrible.
- The Cubs will be competitive at the end of next season.
- Adrian Peterson doesn’t deserve everyone’s “prayers” for a child he didn’t manage to find time to meet in the three months he knew he existed, and he’s a jerk for playing on Sunday.
- I’m going to miss the insane things Tim McCarver says once he’s gone.
- I kind of don’t think I can take the Cubs Convention this year.
- I don’t think Kristin Wiig is funny at all.
Dave Martinez is next up to be interviewed by the Cubs. Aside from him being my first baseball crush (damn you, Mitch Webster), there are a ton of reasons he’d be a great fit as Cubs manager. The Orlando Sentinel sums them all up:
Martinez stands next to Joe Maddon inside the dugout during games, gleaning what he can from one of baseball’s top managers. With a payroll that regularly ranks in the bottom five in the sport, the Rays are in position to claim their fourth playoff berth in six seasons.
By shrewdly evaluating talent and not being afraid to make unorthodox moves on the field, the Rays have thrived under Maddon and his staff.
“We do some things people think we’re crazy for doing, but it’s been successful,” Martinez said. “Now other teams are doing it.”
Martinez regularly aligns the Rays’ defense and instructs players on baserunning and bunting.
“I give the bench coach a lot of latitude, and he does very well with it,” Maddon said. “Whether it’s coaching something specifically, whether it’s game strategy or if it’s a conversation that needs to be done inside [the clubhouse], he’s very adept and comfortable with all that.”
Martinez is the second longest-tenured bench coach on one team in the majors. Ron Wotus has served in that role for the San Francisco Giants since 1999.
“When you find somebody you like as a coach, you better keep that coach because it matters,” Maddon said.
Like I said, if I can’t have Joe Maddon, I want his Mini-Me.