Rambling Whilst Honing My Closing Skills

It is sad to look up in the middle of work on a Thursday, see the Cubs are winning 3-0, think, “you know what, this team isn’t all that horrible,” and then check 60 minutes later to see they lost in extra innings thanks to most recent staging of “Captain Carlos’ Walk-A-Thon.”

Sound like your Thursday afternoon? Yea, I can’t quit them either, and since that is the case, let’s get to some ramblings …

  • In the past, every time I saw that a 29- or 30-year old was hanging around AA or AAA, I thought, man, just give it up. I am so glad Bryan LaHair didn’t give up on his dream.
  • Sure, most don’t make it, but for those who have ever had a dream, and been oh, so close, it is tough to walk away.
  • And I find it very cool that LaHair and Mike Morse were minor league teammates with the Mariners organization.
  • I am very glad Sveum addressed the fact that the Cubs need to do something different with the closer situation. At least he is not blind.
  • Per Neil, “Do you think Dempster sat in the corner and said it’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to after the game?”
  • I was not happy with Wells’ outing, but I was rather impressed with his maturity. He blamed himself for his demotion. It’s okay for him to be mad as long as he realizes why he is in his predicament.
  • The Cubs have 14 homeruns, LaHair has 7 of them. Not … Good.
  • Any of you guys throw in the high 70’s and have the ability to mix speeds? There may be a job posting in the bullpen sponsored by big Cubs supporters Careerbuilder.com!
  • Starlin Castro is good. And I am very happy about it. That is all.
  • Well, not all, keep him running. Keep sending him. I like to see all of this movement on the base paths, it is not un-Cub-like. And it if fun to watch.
  • Only the Cubs lose a game on a single, a bunt, an error on the throw to first and a sac fly in three hitters. ONLY. THE. CUBS.
  • I still want to see some more power out of Castro, but I don’t want it to be forced. I also like to have my cake and it eat, too.
  • To be honest, I don’t know what that saying really means, and I think it is very stupid.
  • Matty G. and the Shark were at it again this week! I love these two. I mean Matty G. struck out 10 and didn’t give up a run in Philly. It was such a performance.
  • It was good to see Volstad settle down after that rough first on Monday. He is only 25, and has a much bigger upside than Wells. In a season like this, I am okay with him getting his work in, learning, growing and hopefully, improving.
  • I would give Dolis the first try at closer. I am still not a fan of him falling backwards during his release, but he has good stuff, and heck, why not, right?
  • It would be great if Tony Campana could figure out a way to hit .290. How awesome would that be?
  • Does anyone else remember little-known Cub Ced Landrum? I loved him because he could steal any base. Only problem, he was almost never on base.
  • Plus, as humans, how could anyone root against Tony Campana. He has underdog written all over him. Just a great story.
  • After Dolis and Russell fail in the closer role, let’s give Kerry one more try during what is likely is final season. Hey, he threw us a bone for two years, let’s return the favor. Again, like it is going to matter if we give him a shot.
  • #notnegativejustrealistic
  • And finally, your Soriano update of the week: 21 hits, 19 singles. Keep it up, Sori!!
  • And for bullet #22, the Red Sox signed Mark Prior. It’s going to be just ducky out in Boston!

That is it for me today, folks. Let’s hear your thoughts as the Cubs prepare to welcome Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Dodgers to Wrigley!

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