This is getting a little old, don’t you think? The Chicago Cubs went down 9-4 to the Reds tonight, and many of the players seemingly couldn’t even be bothered to feign an interest. The Cubs managed a sickly two hits against Brandon Claussen, and could not score until somebody named Randy Keisler came into the game to raise their self esteem a little. If I sound angry, it’s because I am. It’s not just the losing that gets me, I’ve seen plenty of Cubs losses, it’s that few of the players seem to care anymore. This team is starting to remind of the putrid 2002 squad, which featured Delino DeShields sulking his way out of town, and Hee Sop Choi stuck on the bench so that a well past his expiration date Fred McGriff could chase the phoney-baloney record of hitting 35 homers with 6 different teams or something.
I’d give you the positives from tonight’s game, but even those seem like negatives. Kerry Wood managed another scoreless inning of relief, but to be honest, it’s ridiculous to pretend this helps at all. With no leads to protect, having Wood in the bullpen isn’t really a strength, and with the Cubs now 6.5 back in the Wild Card race, every day that Wood puts off shoulder surgery, is another day that he’ll miss in preparation for next season. Matt Murton had a nice game, going 1-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI, but it’s frustrating to know that Dusty still probably doesn’t trust the kid.
I’m probably making the whole situation sound worse than it is. I’m sure others can find some sort of silver lining in my dark clouds (and no, I won’t count Dusty’s firing if it happens, not after he’s already been allowed to trash this season), but let me give you what I feel is the ultimate example of how fed up I am with this team. Yesterday, I was offered a ticket to the game this Friday afternoon. An afternoon game against the St. Louis Cardinals. And I declined it. Am I nuts? I’m sure a lot of you think so, especially those who live outside the area and can’t attend games regularly. It’s normally a chance that I’d jump at, and I would have gone had circumstances been better. You see, I’ll be off work on Thursday for a doctor’s appointment, so I’d have to take Friday off too, in order to go to the game. That’d force me to ask off work at the last minute, juggle some scheduling conflicts with my coworkers, and try and cram 5 days worth of work into 3.
In other words, I’d have to put a lot of effort into getting to that game.
But if the Cubs can’t be bothered, why should I?