Happy Friday everyone. If you’re like me, most weeks Friday means nothing because you’ve got to work on Saturday. I’ve got a lot of random junk running through my mind, so rather than focus my attention on anything in particular, I’d rather just ramble about it all a little at a time. Off we go.
Wal-Mart Escapades – Yesterday I got a text message from Mrs. VFTB late in the work day asking me to pick up a few misc. items from the grocery store. That means a trip to Wal-Mart. It’s not my ideal destination for groceries, but it’s directly on the way home. Normally I just throw my ear buds in and listen to a podcast and zone out while I walk around the store in search of the items in need. Yesterday I did not have my ear buds so I was forced to take in the full ambiance that is Wal-Mart. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, perhaps a quick trip to http://www.peopleofwalmart.com would do you well. I wish I would have had the onions to take my phone out and take a picture of the first person I saw, because I think I would have submitted it to that site. Right there in the produce aisle, walking toward the frozen ice cream section was a mom and her extremely fat child (probably about 6 years old). What made it funny, and a little sad, was that the kid had her belly hanging out of her t-shirt that read “How long until lunch?” I had no idea how to react to that, but it was definitely I could have lived without seeing.
Mini Rant on Zambrano – Yesterday I posed the question to you about bringing back Carlos Zambrano. I was encouraged by the level of answers, but one struck me as a great thought. Mark asked the question in response to those willing to deal Zambrano, and I fall into this group, “But would you be okay with him pitching for the Cards or the Reds next year?” At first my thought was no, but the more I thought about it I decided that of all the teams I’d like to see him go to, those two would be at the top of my list. Hear me out on this. If we’ve learned anything about Zambrano, it’s that he’s not a big game pitcher. He’s much more likely to implode when the situation is high than to shine. We’ve seen implosions in the Cubs / Sox series. We’ve seen them numerous opening day starts, and we’ve seen them time and time again when we’ve needed him to be the stopper on the staff. That being said, how much do you think he’d be amped up when he faced the Cubs? He would almost certainly blow a gasket. I’ve seen all I need to from Zambrano and I’m ready to turn the page. I was ready when he was looking to sign a contract, but was too afraid to give up. Now, I’m ready. I just heard the chime. That means it’s time to turn the page.
NFL Talk – Since this is a baseball blog (Wal-Mart stories are baseball related, right?) I won’t go too much into the NFL, though I’m willing if there is a want there. I came away from the Bears game on Sunday feeling about the same as I did going in. You can get discouraged that they made the game a lot closer than it needed to be and should have lost if not for a really bad rule in place, but when you look at numbers other than the score, you’ve got to be encouraged, right? Cutler looked good and the offense, for the most part, had their way with the Detroit defense. It’s a work in progress, but I think this team can compete for a playoff spot.
Talking Managers – On the way to the game the other day, I was having a conversation with my friend Rob about who the next manager should be. The way both of us figured, there really are only three choices that Jim Hendry has that won’t cause a PR nightmare. Ryne Sandberg, Joe Girardi, and Mike Quade (assuming he continues to have the team play well down the stretch) are really the only names. At this point, it’s hard to see the Cubs waiting around to see if we can get Girardi and risk someone swooping in on Sandberg. Tom Ricketts came out and said that the next manager is going to be a guy that has the potential to be in the position for a long time. People have speculated that the statement eliminates Quade from the discussion, but I can’t see why. He’s not that much older than Sandberg or Girardi. In my opinion, those three are the only ones in contention. Am I wrong?
Finally, a look at the best mustache in Chicago, behind Coach Ditka.