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December 2011



Gifts I Want From Theo

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Sometimes kids wish for unreasonable and far-fetched things, and sometimes adults do the same. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at Katie’sWishlist for the Cubs’ Front Office:

  • David Wright – We are in need of a guy to man the hot corner. It would be nice to have Wright at third for obvious reasons, not to mention that he’s a pretty good ballplayer as well. While last season wasn’t his best, his career BA and OBP are decent, and his numbers from ’07-’09 are fantastic. He could bounce back.
  • Curtis Granderson – When I see this name, three words pop up in my mind: speed, surprising power, and humility. Granderson had a phenomenal 2011 with 41 home runs and 119 RBIs. His BA was a mere .262, but if he could continue to put up numbers anywhere near his HR and RBI stats, I’d be glad to have him. What’s better than an Anderson? A Granderson.
  • Matt Kemp – A .324 batting average, 39 home runs, 126 RBIs, a .399 on base percentage, and no PEDs? Sign him up! Having Matt on the team would appeal to a few audiences: the men who are all about statistics and the ladies who are dragged to games by their significant others. It would be a win-win for everyone. Not to mention, he’s also a pretty good ball player.
  • Justin Upton – Prince Fielder passed up adding this guy to his team for the Home Run Derby this summer, and the fans in Arizona were not very happy about it. It’s easy to see why they would be upset: this past season the younger Upton hit .289 with 31 HRs, 88 ribbies, and had a .369 OBP. Despite the fact that B.J. personally tossed me a game ball in Tampa, having Justin on the team would be more beneficial because of his age.
  • Justin Verlander – AL Cy Young. AL MVP. Need I say more? This man should be at the top of the list of every team (except Philadelphia). He has 1,215 career strikeouts, and he’s been in the league for 6 years. If he can avoid injuries, he will be good for a long time. He may even be able to put up Randy Johnson-esque numbers. If he and Garza were the only good pitchers on our team, I would be a happy Cubs fan. Theo… errrr, Santa, take note.
  • Matt Garza – Rumors have been circulating that Garza may be on the auction block; that would be a dagger to the heart. Garza was our only consistent pitcher; the only thing he lacked was run support. The Lord knows our biggest weakness is our pitching department, and saying adios to Garza would be completely self-defeating. Unless, of course, we could manage to get another a decent pitcher in place of him, but that is unlikely. So, it would seem logical to keep him, no?
  • A winning season – Most of the requests on this list may seem a bit far-reaching, so here is one semi-feasible request: a record above .500. Even if it is only one game above .500, it would be OK. Just as long as our players play to their best potential and our coaches make wise coaching decisions, it should be doable.

Disclaimer: this is a wishlist. There is little hope that the wishes will come true. But it was worth a shot.

  • Eddie Von White

    So we’d have Wright at third; Granderson, Upton, and Kemp in the outfield; and Verlander and Garza on the mound – Oh I wish there was a Santa Claus!


    I would love that team. I too, would like a winning season in 2012. I would also like for the White Sox and Cardinals to suck in 2012.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Well in the Cubs defense, they did draft Brownlie, Hagerty, Blasko, Clanton, Dopirak and Justin Jones ahead of Granderson in 2002. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice…


    They passed up on the UIC alum for all those guys!?

  • Dusty Baylor

    Yep. It’s something I bitched about for quite a while….until I remembered “oh yeah…it’s the Cubs.

  • Seymour Butts

    Think out side the box (I tried to type out side the box, but the letters did not stick).
    Why is an amusing, but inferior, sport (NFL) touted by the talking heads as superior to baseball? one answer…Cheerleaders.
    Theo should hire some for the dugout tops. I want an Upton on the sidelines, but Kate, not Justin.

  • Jedi

    Would you give Garza an extension like the one that John Danks just signed? I would.


    I agree that would be a good idea. Look him up now




    Stupid auto-correct

  • Danny B

    Realistically, I want the Cubs to sign Casey Kotchman. Mainly for defense, but hopefully he can bring a little offense too. David Wright at third is plausible, but the Mets will probably keep him after letting Reyes go.

    I’m so sad to see Marshall go. I bet if the Cubs would have tried him as a starter again, instead of a set up man for a team that had nothing to set up, he would have turned out just as good, if not better, than this Travis Wood fella. I know people are psyched that we have multiple years of team control on Wood, but if he turns out to be the pitcher we want him to, won’t his salary eventually become too high? Seems like Marshall was technically cheaper, since his arbitration raises were in reliever terms.

  • Danny B

    Oh, and what’s up with Paul Maholm? Was his asking price too high? I read the Cubs were interested in him, but nothing since. I like him more than Wood since he’s a ground ball pitcher. That’s another reason I don’t like this deal for the Cubs- Wood is a young fly ball pitcher in Wrigley. Hope he has a good mental makeup to cope with home run balls.

  • Norm

    But how many other teams passed on Curtis Granderson?

    Danny, Cinci’s ball park is worse than Wrigley for home runs and his HR’s were pretty low actually. I have a feeling its a fluke, but the jury is still out on that, IMO.

  • Danny B

    True, Norm. I didn’t consider the ballpark he was coming from. Any word on who the other prospects are? Or are they both PTBNL?

  • Cony Tampana, a fleet footed, light hitting outfielder, and Cyler Tolvin, a struggling slugger.

  • Dusty Baylor

    How many other teams had him in their backyard in HS and college and then proceeded to flub 5 picks in the top 70?

  • Buddy

    Speaking of squandered draft picks, who would you say is the Cubs worst first-rounder of all time?

  • Doc Raker

    I wish for health and happiness to all along with a quick retirement for Barry Obama.

  • Eddie Von White

    Doc – ditto!