Cubs Monday: Doom and gloom from Gordo


There will be nothing but gray skies and sadness for Cubs fans for all eternity

This offseason has been much like the last two for the Chicago Cubs. They’ve scoured the waiver wires and made a couple minor trades. With the exception of the courtship of Masahiro Tanaka, the most exciting thing to happen was the Cubs trading Brian Bogusevic for Justin Ruggiano. There still may be another starting pitcher signed, but by all accounts, it will be someone to fill in at the end of the rotation. While we feel disappointed about missing out on Tanaka, Gordon Wittenmyer wants you to know that you should feel a lot worse than you already do.

 Internal attendance projections that estimated another 300,000 drop from last year — to 2.3 million — could be even worse after the unrealistically high hopes created by some of the exaggerated reports that suggested the Cubs were favorites.

Are people really going to spitefully stay away from Wrigley because there was hope that the Cubs might sign a player that chose to sign elsewhere? I understand that Tanaka would have helped attendance, but this just seems ludicrous to me. But wait, it gets worse!

But make no mistake, said one rival executive: “Today was a huge day for them. They needed to get this guy.”

The exec said that’s not only ­because of the declining faith among the fan base in what the Cubs are selling for the third-highest ticket prices in the game. There’s also a perception developing within the industry that the Cubs’ business plan won’t support the planned baseball renaissance.

That would be a lot bigger loss than any pitcher.

The Cubs will never be able to make any money! It’s all a lost cause! Every player who’s currently in the minors will be a bust, and we should all hop ship to a different team. They’ll be lucky to ever finish ahead of the Brewers.

In other news, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Travis Wood on Friday.

The Cubs avoided an arbitration hearing with Travis Wood, signing the left-hander to a one-year, $3.9 million contract on Friday.

The salary is slightly closer to the $4.250 million that Wood filed for last Friday than it is to the Cubs’ $3.5 million counter.

Wood made $527,500 last year, so good for him. I hope he bought himself something nice. That leaves Darwin Barney, Justin Ruggiano and Jeff Samardzija as the only arbitration-eligible players who haven’t signed.

28 thoughts on “Cubs Monday: Doom and gloom from Gordo

  1. Doc Blume says:

    For me to say this is a bit shocking, but Wittenmyer’s continued bashing of what this team is doing and all the doomsday crap he keeps putting out is really starting to annoy me.

  2. juliedicaro says:

    There’s a lot of speculation on Twitter that Gordo’s doom and gloom columns are the direct result of getting much less access to the team than he did in the past.

  3. J says:

    News flash- last place team did nothing to improve their team and is expected to finish last this year too. Newsman feigns outrage to sell advertising. Details on the shocking revelation tonight at 11.

  4. juliedicaro says:

    I dunno, Carl, we got Clark the Cub this off-season, that was exciting!

  5. Doc Blume says:

    Clark the Cub, alone, should add about 9 wins to this team for 2014.

  6. johnnywest333 says:

    Could you picture David Ortiz in a Cubs uniform? Big Papillion said in an interview that if he doesn’t get a long term contract then you will see him in a new uniform. Epstein had him once. Will he have him again? Cubbies sure could use 30 more home runs and an additional 100 RBI’s this year. I’m just sayin…

  7. Carl Heartscubs Gierhan says:

    How did I already forget about Clark!?

  8. Mike Dodds says:

    I don’t think Gordon is all that unusual for a lot of old school writers. Many of them generally take a negative or worst case scenario stance on most stories. Guys like Telander and Morrissey often put off the same vibe, although I will admit that it seems like Gordon has a real hard on for the current Cubs management team. I’m willing to give them a chance; what other choice do I have?

  9. johnnywest333 says:

    Clark slipped my mind as well. What were we thinking?

  10. Doc Blume says:

    Hey Johnny, where do you propose Ortiz play in the field?

  11. Doc Blume says:

    Telander and Morrissey have been inconsistent with their message over the last couple years when it comes to what the Cubs are doing. They will occasionally come out with a “doing it the right way” story. Gordo has been flat out pissed and I think the reason is exactly what Julie said. Gordo goes on the Score quite a bit, and it’s pretty funny listening to him because most of the time he just says with a huge sigh, “Boy, I haven’t got any idea what’s going on over there.”

  12. juliedicaro says:

    Nick Cafardo is our best beat reporter.

  13. johnnywest333 says:

    Hey Doc, I propose 2nd base.

  14. Doc Blume says:

    So the Brewers signed Matt Garza for 4 years and $50 million.

    What do you all think about that…and looking back at it, the Edwin Jackson signing still just makes me shake my head…especially with the details of this new Garza deal.

  15. Doc Blume says:

    Johnny, I was thinking more like center field.

  16. juliedicaro says:

    Matt Garza is a no-brainer for a team that has a sausage race.

  17. juliedicaro says:

    Now people on Twitter are defending Gordo. What have the beat writers done to engender such loyalty amongst Cubs fans? Other than Bruce Miles, who really is GOOD to everyone he meets, I’ve never met a beat writer who gave a fuck about me or any of the fans.

    1. Dusty Baylor says:

      wWell said Julie…who knows…twitter…men…

      1. Dusty Baylor says:

        Meh, not men

  18. Doc Blume says:

    It’s a good thing Carlos Silva never signed with the Brewers.

  19. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I read Wittenmyer’s story and was not impressed. In L.A. we are stuck with the L.A. Times,and at least one “sportswriter” has suggested that Kobi Bryant call a press conference,announce his retirement, and inform the universe that the Lakers will never contend again. I realize the Cubs are going through the annual no-news or bad news cycle, but thinking that a sportswriter can convince Chicago fans to switch to another team, is like the LA sportsdorks belief if they keep whining how LA needs a pro football team, the SD Chargers will march up the freeway to play in the ghetto Coliseum.(and I mean “ghetto” in the most positive way)

  20. Doc Blume says:

    And so it begins…

    Does this officially mark the beginning of the renovations (barring any legal action)?

  21. juliedicaro says:

    No school again tomorrow out here. I can’t take much more of this.

  22. juliedicaro says:

    Yep. This outghta get the ball rolling.

  23. dabirdguy says:

    I would be interested in seeing the language of the contract.
    The “view” of Wrigley Field just might be the back of a scoreboard, if the scoreboard is inside Wrigley Field.
    Does the contract specify how much actual baseball is to be viewed?

  24. Doc Blume says:

    I’ve heard so many stories about the “actual” language in the contract, I frankly don’t know what to believe.

  25. sloanpeterson2 says:

    First Cubs game on WGN tv is February 27. Now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel….

  26. Doc Blume says:

    I’m not one to promote Dave Kaplan much…but this is the most comprehensive look at the agreement the rooftops have with the Cubs that I have seen, with actual language of the agreement. It’s all very very interesting.

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