Make it stop … Now!

I just cannot take it any more. This is getting out of hand. It is terrible. This team is terrible. It’s sad, pathetic, awful, embarrassing, ridiculous and atrocious. I hate it.

Yes, I know … how do I really feel about this team, right?

I could go on for pages and pages. It is so disgusting that I just don’t know how to feel. In some ways this actually feels worse than 2006. Maybe my memory is a bit shoddy, but as bad as that season was, it didn’t feel this bad. I really cannot explain why, but there was not a hovering feeling of despair.

I attended three games in eight days. I never made it to the eighth inning. If this is an example of me being a spoiled ticket holder, I am sorry. I do not mean to come across that way, but I just cannot stand sitting there and watching this team for more than 90 minutes.

Trust me, it is worse in person. I watched last Tuesday’s game on television. I could change the channel. I could turn off the TV. I had options. I had distractions. My only distraction at Wrigley (other than the obvious) is deciding whether I am going to cave and try one of the new “High Plains Bison Dogs.” I have not caved yet. I really do not foresee myself ever caving. Though, cheddar sauce on tortilla chips? Now that is an entirely different story.

The Faithful are mad, sad and tired. We have thrown blame, called names, yelled words, hailed profanities. It has all happened.

So what am I really trying to say? Let’s find a silver lining. Every cloud has one, right?

Starlin Castro is hitting .308. And what is even more impressive is that, after a hot start, he cooled off noticeably. However, he has come back strong looking better and better at the plate and in the field every day. His OBP is well above .340 and he is quick. With a little tutelage from Bobby Dernier next spring, maybe he can work on the base-stealing skills. He could develop into one heck of a leadoff hitter.

So, he’s got that going for him … which is nice.

While only batting .253 prior to Monday night’s game, Tyler Colvin is showing that he might be able to stick around for a while at the Major-League level. He has the power and has hit more homeruns than any other rookie in baseball.

Okay, okay, I am starting to feel better.

And here is when the CCO diehards POUNCE on me. I like Blake DeWitt. I respect opinions. He is a better player than I thought we would get at the trade deadline. He is young, has an encouraging OBP and is an upgrade at second base. If you disagree, please explain why. I have no problem with the disagreement, but provide some proof. He is over five years younger than Theriot. Just that alone gives him a better upside. At 24-years-old, he can still develop.

Aramis had an awful season. He will be back next year and with only a club option for 2012, he should be ready to play for what could be his last multi-year contract. Yes, I know Derrek Lee is in a contract year as well, but hopefully Aramis will be hot and do his best Javy Lopez impression.

Obviously, there are more than four players that need to make an impact on next year’s team … like, maybe a pitcher or two. I am just trying to be an optimist. I will flip on the TV tonight around 9:00 central time. I will watch. I will get mad. I will be upset, but I will keep watching this team.

It has been bad. Very bad. But it can only get better, right?

No matter how hard it is, until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!

Quote of the Day

"There are places I remember. All my life though some have changed. Some forever not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments ... " John Lennon/Paul McCartney