Hello again, everybody. It is just not getting any better. Maybe it will, but it is rough right now. Yes, this is Captain Obvious saying ‘hello.’
There was a legion of fans supporting Tom, Theo and Jed, but that group is winnowing, and the sharks are out in full force now. It’s an interesting conversation to be had, but I still do not think many fans understand how empty the cupboards were when Hendry departed. However, to be fair to those with which I do not agree, it is bad today. Very bad. And I think some of us thought it would have started to improve by now.
So, with that said, let’s get down to the BRASS TACKS, and start rambling.
Jason Hammel came back to earth Thursday. My guess is that we will see this more often moving forward. I hope I am wrong.
17 runs in one game for one of the worst offensive teams in baseball. Only in baseball does this make sense.
No one has truly succeeded in life without failing. Abraham Lincoln is a great model for that statement. So let’s stop freaking about about Baez.
The time to freak out about this is over a year away. Let the kid learn. Let the kid grow. Let the kid develop.
I was about to write, “Please correct me if I am wrong,” but then I remembered this audience. I know you will correct me. I do not believe any current Cubs’ prospect in the past ten years has ever been in the top-10, until recently.
- Bobby Brownlie, Felix Pie, Corey Patterson, Sean Gallagher, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters … do I need to go on …
- None of them were in the Top-10, or Top-20, of all prospects in baseball. Let’s just take a breath and see what happens.
- There are people truly freaking out about a 21-year-old six weeks into the MiLB season. That is simply insane.
- Might I remind us all that on May 16 of 2009, most Cubs fans had no idea who Starlin Castro was.
- On May 16 of 2010, the guy was the Cubs “savior.” We all need to slow our role a bit. Or a lot.
- On the other hand, Kris Bryant is the greatest player ever and will be a Hall-Of-Fame player for the Cubs.
- Sounds eerily similar to what I heard about Rizzo and Baez in recent years.
- Speaking of Anthony Rizzo, the star-turned-disappointment-turned-star-turned-disappointment … turning back to star.
- You see what I did there?
- We all want to pontificate. We all want to pretend we can see the future. We all want to think we know more than the other person. The truth is, none of us know anything. We can only react to what we watch. So I implore everyone to just watch and see what happens.
- And it’s that time in the Ramblings when we focus on stats, so here goes:
- Rizzo’s OBP is 125 points higher than his batting average. That is simply huge and shows great progression.
- Mike Olt may be the next Rob Deer, but let’s hope he can figure out his batting average. The power he has is ridiculous.
- And finally, if I am wrong, please tell me, but would you rather have Matt Garza … or Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez and C.J. Edwards?
- Personally, I like the latter, but we shall see. And yes, I understand I should have included Chris Archer in that, but, in the end, I think the Cubs win out with what they acquired for Garza. So, in a way, as empty as Hendry left the cupboard, he gave those that followed him a key cog to restock it.
I hope all of you have a simply phenomenal weekend.
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!