Rambling While Closing Wrigley for the Winter

It is time to batten down the hatches at Wrigley Field. There will not be baseball at Wrigley Field for a little over six months. And, as I have said quite often the past 60 days, it could not have come soon enough. It was an awful season, but the impending offseason brings with it the dawn of a new day and reborn hope, no matter how false or misleading that hope may be.

With this being the case, let’s all celebrate an all-too-early closing of Wrigley Field with some good ‘ole fashioned ramblings.

  • Matt Garza had a very solid second half of the season, and closed it out really nicely yesterday. Let’s hope that is sign of things to come in 2012.
  • Well, Wrigley is not really closing yet since the city of Chicago is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” with a public showing at Wrigley Field.
  • Yes, that is an awesome idea.
  • Also, please tell me that I am not the only one who feels horribly old when I read “25th Anniversary” for Ferris. Ouch.
  • Here we go sandwich pick for Aramis!! I mean, unless the Cubs plan to compete for the playoffs next year.
  • But then again, the NL Central should be pretty wide open next year. So, if they plan to compete, there will be a need for a lot of spending.
  • If the Cubs could win something like 85 games it could be interesting.
  • Also, who is available to play 3B next season? I just do not see a viable option in the Cubs organization for 2012 other than Ramirez.
  • And by saying viable, I mean someone who is ready right now. No one is. Now someone could shock us in March, but at this point, no one other than Ramirez can be counted on.
  • As ridiculous as it sounds, did any of us think the Cubs would go to the playoffs right after the 2006 season? No. So, no one really knows what can happen next year. Because next year is next year. And now, all we have to do is:
  • Wait ’til next year.
  • I saw that ESPN had Brett Jackson listed as the #3 fantasy rookie for next season or something like that. He should be ready next season. Unless BJax has a bad spring training, Marlon should not be the starting CF next season.
  • Is CJ Wilson really worth $100 million? I am not sure. It is hard to fathom that, it really is.
  • Am I the only one who still gets excited about the new season of sitcoms on network television because I really get the feeling that I am. And for you young folks, I mean the shows on NBC, ABC and CBS.
  • It is that time of year that I can fall for horrible new TV shows that will be cancelled before the first kickoff on Thanksgiving.
  • Starlin Castro is special. Very special. It is about time for me to let my guard down and realize that he might just be the real deal.
  • Now, he needs to spend the offseason working on his defense. As much as I enjoy him in the booth, tying Keith Moreland for a defensive record can never be a good thing.
  • I want to know all of your expectations on the timeline for hiring a new GM. This move must take place in the next four weeks. At most. At the very most.
  • The Cubs cannot wait until the end of the World Series. The new GM has to be in place and prepared to start as soon as the hot stove is fired up.
  • What are the Cubs going to do? Who is going to be making the decisions? What is going to happen?
  • As much as I prefer to have a winning team, losing teams normally have more eventful off seasons. Just like having a top-5 pick in the NFL trick.
  • So, with all that said, here is to having a horrible off-season after the 2012 campaign!

Let’s hear it. I know everyone has plenty to say. Let it fly, folks, 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