A Sad State of Affairs

If you have read anything I have written in the past six months, you know I am a true die-hard, to a fault in fact. But even I have had it, and I am not alone. I am so not alone that I saw Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, at a restaurant yesterday DURING the Cubs game. I was not the only true blue fan avoiding what has become of this baseball team, and when I saw Mr. Banks, I realized just how bad it has become.

What is next, Santo not paying attention? Could it even get that bad? If I am Dusty B. or Jimmy H. I would have trouble being around mirrors. Ernie Banks lives at Wrigley and instead he is at a random Chicago eatery not even paying attention to the game. I do not mean to focus on Ernie, he is not an employee, but he is always around the stadium. Then again, I was at the same restaurant not paying attention myself. I remember how I felt on Monday, April 3rd around noon. The promise of a new season was here and in less than three months it has been shattered.

The Cubs got their first win at home in the month of June yesterday, and today is JUNE friggin 29th!! June 29th also happens to be my birthday so yay for me and hooray for beer. When they showed the big ‘W’ flag flying over the scoreboard yesterday, it had fold marks because it has been in a cabinet for so long. Five game losing streaks have become expected with this team along with blown saves, wretched base running and pathetic shutouts. The Chicago Cubs are 19 games below .500, that is a mountain to overcome and it will not happen.

(Sidenote: I just saw that Ernie Banks will be on Chicago Tribune Live tonight, that explains a little, the restaurant was near the Tribune studios)

Nonetheless, I am really not sure where to go from here. We have blamed everyone; even the coolest, most laid back dude in the world was pointing fingers early in the week when he said he did not have the horses. Well, at least he was right about that. I look around and see Kenny Rogers with All-Star numbers, Millwood is throwing well and the Bensons are staking their claim in Baltimore. The other day, while listening to the game on the way to some random golf sanctuary, I just erupted,

“What the …… was he [Hendry] thinking?”

I yelled so loudly it made the other two people in the car flinch. However, they both had the same reaction, the reaction every Cub fan has had,

“I just don’t know man.”

Everyone has started to talk about 2007, but I looked around last night and really do not know what to say. We have all talked about what we want, but minus Walker, the infield will not change. Granted the whole outfield could be different, but I would like to see Pierre stay, unless JJ is traded, he will be around, and the Cubs will most likely give Murton another year, and in my opinion they should. He has not lived up to expectations so far, but he is young, he deserves a long hard look, not just three months. Howry, Eyre and Dempster will be here, so what changes. Oh yes, the PITCHING! Hey, does anyone have a list of pitchers having surgery this year? Seriously, we can blame the pitching, but it is not Carlos Marmol’s fault that they scored ONE whole run while he was on the mound yesterday, a JP homer nonetheless.

Something will have to change, and if most of the players do not, there is only one other area to look and you are smart enough to figure that out. I am not advocating anything, that is not my job here, but I am just providing the logic behind a possible decision. The rumors will be swirling for the next 30 days, it will be interesting to see who is still wearing Blue pinstripes come August.

Trust me, it was a great life moment to have met Ernie Banks yesterday afternoon, however, I hope the next time I get that opportunity, it happens at Wrigley in late October.

Thanks for reading, feel free to contact me at brian@chicagocubsonline.com, keep your heads up kids and until next time….

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!!!

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