Game 1: Advantage WhiteSox
Let’s face it folks, there’s nothing to be disappointed about insofar as today’s game; we were simply beaten by a better team. In fact, when you compare the two organizations, the Chisox have a better GM, a better manager, a better team and a better minor league organization. I give the Cubs the nod in the ownership area – otherwise we’re outclassed by these heathens from the South Side in every other category. My hat’s off to the WhiteSox – it’s their day in the sun. One of these years us North Siders will get our priorities straight and it will be our turn for glory!
In unrelated news today, the Chicago Tribune’s very own weblog reports that Andy MacPhail and Jim Hendry have met with Cubs beat reporter Paul Sullivan and his boss about the way the Trib is covering the Cubs this year. They are reputedly “unhappy” about their coverage. So what do they want, censorship? It’s the Chicago Tribune, not Pravda. Methinks MacPhail and Hendry should improve their product, the press coverage will take care of itself. More bumbling and incompetence from the Cubs’ front office, Cubs fans deserve better.
Down on the farm:
The I-Cubs have won three straight and Felix Pie had a homerun in the last game. They have also released lefthanded starter Raul Valdes and leftfielder Matt Padgett. Valdes was scouted when I saw him in Nashville and will be picked up immediately by somebody – Padgett is a career minor leaguer who had some decent years recently with the Isotopes but couldn’t cut it in Iowa. Daytona won their sixth in a row in a come from behind victory and 2005 second round draft pick Donnie Veal improved to 3-2 3.07 ERA with a 5-1 win for Peoria. Contrary to earlier reports, 2005 first round draft pick Mark Pawelek will begin his season with the short season Boise Hawks on June 19th.