On Saturday, after a 12-0 loss to the Angels, Paul Sullivan tweeted a quote from Lou about the loss and the season in general.
“We’ve done everything I can humanly do to get this thing turned around. That’s all I can do.” ~ Lou
A few days before, Sully posted that Wrigley Field was now using taped walk up music for the players instead of the traditional organ music that we’ve heard for so long. He goes on to list the songs chosen by the players and notes that Lou’s song is “My Poor Brain” by the Foo Fighters.
Maybe it’s just me, but when you combine the tweet quote with his warm up music title and quotes all throughout the year that he “Don’t know”, you have to diagnose that Lou, as good of a manger as he is, is not the guy for this team right now. This team is going nowhere and it’s happening fast. Sure, it was nice to see us win big yesterday, behind Carlos Zambrano’s strong effort no less. The fact still remains that we’re not winning series. We’re not inching closer to .500 baseball and we’re really not showing any signs that we can hit with any regularity.
My biggest fear right now is that this team is afraid to make a change. I’m not just talking about changing managers, though it begins there, but rather changing out pieces of the puzzle in all aspects in an attempt to try something new.
First and foremost, it’s going to have to start with the manager. Ideally, Lou would be fired or re-sign before the year is over. Give Alan Trammel the audition he deserves for the rest of the season, but don’t expect too much from him. Simply monitor his managing in various situations and use of the pitching staff, then make a decision on if he’s the right guy moving forward. If not, get someone in here for next season. I say ideally because I truly believe that Lou is afraid to re-sign because it would look as though he’s a quitter and that’s not how he wants to end his managerial career. On the flipside, I believe Jim Hendry would not dream of firing Lou out of sheer respect for what he’s done in the past. It’s hard to just throw him in the garbage after all he’s done in baseball. Because of that, the Cubs will ride him into the sunset. Why? Because we’re afraid of change.