*Editors note – I wrote all of this before the 7th inning of last nights game. Just because the Cubs came back it does not change anything….they are still a poorly constructed team that is painful to watch.
Did you really think the Cubs were going to be good this year?
Your first tip should have been the lat strain suffered by Matt Garza when he took the diamond the first day of spring training. He might as well have done it tying his shoes on day one. That was your first hint this year would be no different than any other in the last century plus. Yes, I know it may not have been the first day but that’s semantics, it seemed like the first day. The latest news is we will see him some time in mid-May. My bet is on June.
The second sign might have been Brent Lillibridge. As of this writing he is 0-17 with seven K’s. Guess we shouldn’t expect much from a career .208 hitter, plus that offensive juggernaut Darwin Barney will return to reclaim his rightful position at second base any day now. That ought to help put runs on the board.
Then there’s Marmol. You knew I would get to him eventually. I can’t figure out whether he lost his confidence and everything he tries backfires, or did teams put together enough advance scouting to finally say, “why are we swinging at this guy?” Think about it, even when he was good, throwing strikes wasn’t his forte, was it? I can’t remember, it was so long ago that he was effective. I would have to clear out a whole new wing of cobwebs to find those memories. It is a sad state of affairs when your closer gets booed during opening day introductions.
Oh yes, there are some positives, but the story line so far has been the lack of offense. The Cubs rate second to last in almost every category (the lowly Pirates are keeping the basement warm.)
At any rate, there is no offense and the pitching is mediocre at best…..looks like 2012 all over again.
So what else has been happening in baseball? Let’s Look…..
- First of all, I can’t say this with enough glee, but Tim McCarver is retiring at seasons end. The stomach churning tandem of the Tim and Joe show on Saturday Fox Baseball will come to an end. Sometimes I can actually feel them rooting on the Cardinals while doing a Cubs/ Cards broadcast. Now, if we could just get Joe Morgan to go away…..
- Small sample size, but Bryce Harper is showing everybody that there is no sophomore slump to worry about. He hit a home run in each of his first two at bats on opening day and is currently hitting .360
- While getting shellacked in his second start against the Rangers, Jared Weaver broke his left elbow. He will be out at least one month.
- I saved this link and could not wait to share it. Not a fan of the guy, but sometimes when I need a laugh I check out Jose Canseco’s twitter feed. The above link is his list of New Years resolutions or whatever…
- On the topic of Twitter and being entertained…..give @realcj10 a follow. That would be Larry “Chipper” Jones. The diarrhea flows and never seems to stop. Here are a few samples…..
I got cursed at and called names by a ton of people growing up. Were they fired? Nope! Do I care? Nope! What’s the big deal? Toughen up!
Yeah, been hit w/ bball equipment on purpose, been dragged around a football field by my facemask and ran suicides til I puked! I ain’t mad.
These tweets were, of course, in reference to the Mike Rice firing at Rutgers. For those not in the know that care, read here.
To read more about Chipper and his misadventures go here. I swear there is something about adultery with a Hooters waitress in there.
I like tweets, especially from meat head athletes like Chipper. I’ll have more in two weeks. Until then….