Rambling About This Great Second Half Team

Nine out of eleven! Don’t call it a comeback!

Seriously, don’t. It’s not happening. However, I must admit that it has been enjoyable to watch the Cubs win baseball games … plural!

That is right; the Cubs have transformed themselves into a force to be reckoned with just in time for … Football season. This means it is time for us to do some enjoyable, comedic and possibly informational rambling this wonderful Friday.

So please, come along for the ride.

  • Ronnie’s statue is wonderful. I wanted it to be his famous “heel click,” but even though it is not, it is a great tribute to a man who played all out all the time. I had a chance to see the statue in person on Thursday morning. It is beautiful.
  • Why isn’t Pena on waivers? And before everyone goes hemming and hawing about The Hendry being an idiot, just think about it. There has to be a logical reason, right?
  • Or not.
  • Tyler Colvin might be the future, but Reed Johnson has earned playing time. He has every right to be on the field.
  • I can’t necessarily say the same thing about ‘Fonz, but he has been stroking it lately.
  • This is credited to Neil: “I was surprised the Cubs were not no hit by Chein-Ming Wang. Any manager that inserts Blake DeWitt into the third spot of his batting order deserves to have his team no hit. “
  • Well played, Neil. Well played.
  • Speaking of the manager, Mike Quade has been nominated for an award: “Best Manager Ever in games that don’t matter.” Let’s give it up for Mike!
  • I had the privilege of attending a season-ticket-holder lunch in the Batter’s Eye Thursday afternoon. Mr. Ricketts, Mr. Kenney, Mr. Hayward and others were on hand and wonderfully candid.
  • Mr. Hayward has his eye on the pulse of Cubs fans when it comes to electronic improvements to the ballpark. His ideas are groundbreaking and exciting. He truly is a man of vision. I am not blowing smoke. A friend attended with me and was awe struck by Mr. Hayward’s vision.
  • Love him or hate him, Tom Ricketts stands up in front of fans asking for feedback, knowing it will be negative and harsh, but demands it. That deserves my respect.
  • And don’t let anything you read fool you, the leadership is as disappointed in the team’s performance as anyone else. That was abundantly clear at Thursday’s lunch.
  • We did not receive any detailed information, but look for news on the future of Wrigley Field and the plan to be discussed in the media in the coming months. I am very curious to see where everything goes.
  • This has nothing to do with the lunch, this is simply my opinion: When you read about the amusement tax, please remember that Wrigley Field generates the most in Chicago. This is the largest amusement tax in the country and Cubs fans pay it.
  • Just remember that.
  • If taking some of the money that Cubs’ fans have already paid to improve the ballpark they love is wrong, well, then, in honor of Chris Berman, “I don’t wanna be right.”
  • Back to actual baseball …
  • I like the adjustments Garza has made this season. I look for him to have a big year in 2012.
  • Garza is on pace to give up 16 home runs this season. That would be 12 less than last season. Most people really worried about this stat, and he has quelled those fears … for now.
  • And I don’t want to hear it because the NL Central has plenty of big bats as well.
  • Dempster has definitely bounced back from a horrid start to the season. Maybe his final year in a Cubs jersey can be a good one.
  • Why was Soriano still playing left field in the ninth on Thursday?
  • I guess this is all much easier to pick apart as a fan, but it is a mind-scratcher for many.
  • Hey, the Cubs have won 9 of 11. That is not too bad considering what had already transpired this season. Maybe it is that it doesn’t matter.
  • Or maybe, and hopefully, it is because these players have pride, and won’t quit. And maybe Quade deserves a little something for that as well.

Go ahead, let me hear it. Give it to me. Let your voice be heard. I

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver