Rambling as Summer Officially Begins

Hello again, everybody.  While it may be true that summer officially begins today, the Cubs’ performance of late makes me yearn for the break of Fall.

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve bored you with my stream of consciousness, but it’s Friday, and it’s about time I start throwing random thoughts out there and see how everyone else feels about them.

So, without further ado, and with much ado about nothing …

  • If the Cubs signed Beltran to a two-year deal, as the Cards actually did, I guarantee you he would not be hitting .300+ with 17 homers. He just would not. This is how the baseball world works.
  • I miss Bob Brenly.  JD is no slouch, but Brenly’s stint is Chicago should now be described as “under-appreciated.”  Maybe it’s just me, but I took him for granted.
  • Trade Feldman, trade Feldman, trade Feldman.
  • Keep Garza, trade Garza, keep Garza, trade Garza … I don’t know what I think. What do you think?
  • There is a part of me that feels we may be overreacting to Castro’s performance this year. He had three very solid seasons in the box, and while he is struggling, the talent is there.
  • And the talent is proven. Jerome Walton he is not. Many players have a down year.  See:  Beltran, Carlos. Or a slew of others. I could spend the next 37 bullet points with names of successful players who experienced a down year.
  • Final thought:  Castro is not the first, nor will he be the last, that has a down year after signing a big contract.
  • And in my unproven opinion, that is all this is … a down year.
  • Speaking of underperforming after signing a big contract … come on down Anthony Rizzo.
  • The ‘Riz is currently pulling off his best Bryan LaHair impression. The dude has been stuck in the 30-something RBI range for 8 months.
  • Losing DeJesus for a month is going to hurt. I think we are seeing it already.
  • I cannot type here what my dad texted me about Marmol the other day, but I am sure it is pretty similar to any text you sent or received the same day on this subject.
  • Alfonso Soriano leads the team with 8 stolen bases. I will say it again: This stat really sums on the 2013 campaign thus far.
  • I care more about what Javy Baez does more than the big-league club.
  • While I am being honest, I am also sick of reading or hearing people complain about Ricketts’ approach to the Wrigley Restoration. I am so done with this topic. He is trying to do something that MUST be done. And he wants to do so in a way that he will see a return on his investment. IDIOT!
  • What a jerk. Stupid business owner trying to make money in the long run.
  • If he takes the money and runs, I will give all the haters my personal email so they can send me a daily reminder of how wrong I was.
  • The Cubs RF platoon is hitting .250 with 14 homeruns and 51 RBI.  I would argue that this is the Cubs’ most productive position. Both signings were widely panned.
  • Every time Samardzija leaves the mound after another good start, do you think he hears “Cha-Ching?”  I do.
  • Okay, I was wrong about the stat that summed it up the most. Travis Wood is 5-6 with a 2.74 ERA, a .197 BAA and 13 quality starts.
  • I am rooting for BJax. He has been humbled by his experiences the past few years, but the kid has moxie. I truly believe his desire to succeed may be what eventually catapults him to the Bigs. At least, I really hope this is the case.
  • The Cardinals just scored again. And again. Oh, and one more time.
  • And as we all predicted in March … Ryan Sweeney has the highest batting average on the Cubs in late June.
  • I will leave you with one final thought …
  • “Never drink and tweet, never drink and tweet, my oh my, never drink and tweet.”

Agree, disagree, call me an idiot. I am used to it all, but I am curious to hear what you think. Let’s have it today and let the thoughts fly or lie where they may.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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