View From The Bleachers

May 18, 2011

Chet’s Corner: I Can’t Look……

Filed under: Featured,General — Chet West @ 2:00 pm

I decided last week, after game 2 of the Giants series, that I am going to take a pass on Cubs baseball until they play the Red Sox this weekend. 

It’s weird, kind of like a drug withdrawal I suppose.  At first, I found myself automatically turning on the Reds game this week, and then realizing the deal I made with myself…..no Cubs for one week.  After turning the channel I even started shaking a bit with some nervous fidgeting.  The Cubbie DT’s if you will.

The first few days were rough, some bad reality TV coupled with a few movie rentals.  I guess I figured that if watching the Cubs was damaging my overall morale to the extent that it was, then some time off was a good thing.  In some ways it has been. 

The only leak in my cure was that I still let myself view the box scores.  It’s almost worse! When I saw 23 men left on base in last nights contest it made me ill.  The night before we left 18.  That’s 41 men left on base over two games in a hitters ballpark.  The worst part was seeing no earned runs and four errors.  I then looked closer and saw that we had the lead through most of the game and we blew it!!!

Nobody is safe in these stats too.  Yes, Carlos Pena is finally cranking the ball out of the park.  Thank god we paid the 10 mill for something.  He is, however,  making up for contributing nothing in April.  Even our beloved Kerry Wood has chinks in is armor.  I count two games that have gone to hell and a handbasket in is last few appearances.  A trend?  You never know with Woody.

You see, that is part of the problem with this team.  It’s inconsistent.  We don’t consistently pitch well, we don’t consistently hit well, and we don’t consistently field well.  When we plug one hole, another pops up.   This ship is taking on water and there aren’t enough buckets to go around.

The lack of identity plagues this ballclub and has for some time.  It is a lack of consistency in any area of the game that keeps the identity from being defined.  When a good team gets down, or is stuck in a slump, they fall back on their identity, they tend to think “we need to get back to being this type of ballclub, that’s who we are.”

What do the Cubs say?  What type of ballclub are they?

Seriously, what is this team good at consistently,  besides leaving men on base and making errors?

Oh yes, I forgot,  I do know one thing…… they are great at making their fans miserable.

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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19

  • cap’n obvious

    I’ll probably have trouble convincing you all that it gives me no pleasure to say that I was spot on about this team 3 months ago…but watching them is unbearable at this point. The former player and coach in me finds it more painful than a dentist’s chair to see the lack of hustle, the piss poor effort on defense, the lack of any idea of how to hit situationally…all of it. A team poorly built, poorly coached, and that executes poorly on the field. Should any of us really be shocked that the season is (again) over in mid-May?

    I’ll repeat, in my best Cicero accent, the voice mail I recieved a week ago from Doc Raker…”BLOW ‘DIS TEAM UP DAVYVE…JES BLOW ‘EM UP AND START OVER WIT’ THE YOUNG KIDSSSS”

    I couldn’t agree more.

  • Doug S.

    Getting out of bed and going to work is always more difficult after a Cubs loss. A lot of difficulty lately. Florida and Boston don’t make me think the difficulties are going anywhere fast.

  • CubbieDude

    cap’n obvious: Ouch, ouch!! Hitting kind of close to home there. Haven’t you heard of painless dentistry? Welcome to the new millennium. I’m serious as a heart attack!

  • Buddy

    Here’s hoping Brett Jackson arrives soon!

  • Josh

    I’ve been sharing much of your sentiments lately Chet.

    I’ve got weekend tickets to the series in Boston, being from there. My friends (Sox fans) are already taking bets between each other about what the total score of the series will be. I’m not partaking.

  • PackerCubBull

    I would love nothing more than to see the Cubs destroy the Sawks in the city that General Sherman should have burned. I used to like the Sawks because they were long suffering just like us but they have really become unlikeable the last few years, along with the rest of Boston sports. Especially Papeldouche.

  • CubbieDude

    I was just kidding, folks!

  • flyslinger2

    I usually have ESPN’s gamecast in one window of my PC while I am working in another. My 8 year old will come to see what I am working on and she will see the score. “Daddy, are they loosing again?” Yup. “Daddy, they aren’t very good, are they?” Nope. An 8 year old who doesn’t get paid a dime can sum up where the Cubbies are right now. So, o.k. Cubs front office, here’s the challenge-I dare you to take on my daughter and prove to her that she can change her observation to: “Daddy, are they winning again?” Yup!!

    They are coming to Nats town in July. Before the season start I was bound and determined to save my lunch money and see one or two games. I’m now thinking about adding salmon to my ceasar salad.

  • PackerCubBull

    why not caviar?

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