Rambling About the Cubs While Wrigley Welcomes May

Hello again, everybody.

The archrivals and hated neighbors join in on the Party of the Century the next five days and will try to ruin the festivities. While the Cubs will honor the decade of the 20’s this weekend, both visiting clubs will try to roar through town with a Vaudevillian splash.

And now that my utter nonsense is out of the way, let’s get to some Ramblings …

  • Will the MLB just throw us a bone here?  The Cards and the White Sox back-to-back … great.  At the beginning of May in Chicago.  Horrible.  Way to payback your season-ticket holders and the many great fans.
  • Putting a wonderful five-game stretch in Chicago at this time of year is simply wrong.
  • After one month, I am just fine with where Rizzo and Castro are at in all realms of the game. I hope I can repeat this statement on June 2
  • Keith Law said that Rizzo’s adjustments are effective and should produce over the long term. I like to hear that. Also, Keith Law is not dumb.
  • Sure, Baez is struggling a bit, but there is nothing better for anyone in the world to do than struggle. This will motivate and inspire him much more. If you have ever been down, you know how badly you want to be up … especially when you are used to being up. I believe this is a good thing.
  • I have been asking Castillo to step up, and I must say that he is doing just that.  Hitting .270 with 24 homers and 70 RBI over the course of a season … well, son, you just stood up. And that is what he is on pace to do.
  • Yes, April does not a baseball season make. Even people as dumb as me know that.
  • Emilio Bonifacio is batting .337 with 10 steals thus far. PLEASE, please keep it up. We are going to flat out steal a prospect in late July if he can sustain that production.  I mean STEAL.
  • I would have to say that Mike Olt’s batting average is disappointing, but as I just pointed out, it’s only been one month.
  • Count me as one of the Cubs fans who is starting to think maybe we shouldn’t trade Hammel. Maybe give him a three-year deal. And, as is now the theme of today’s column … it is only May 2.
  • I am going to continue praising Hector Rondon until he gives me a reason not to. This was a Rule-5 pick. He could be a staple on this team for multiple years. With Rule-5 picks, that almost NEVER happens.
  • Theo obviously sucks. Clearly.
  • While I respect Mr. Wittenmyer as a journalist, if he is going to continue to promulgate the idea that Ricketts has money problems, he needs to publish figures.  I am sorry, without data and proof of the source, this claim absolutely hollow. I am not claiming he is wrong; I am simply asking for facts.
  • Renteria went with Neil Ramirez is a pressure situation Wednesday night, and he delivered. And delivered big.
  • I am looking forward to the Jake Arrieta debut. He was an Opening Day starter two years ago, and could really grow into a great starter. Also, Bosio has a track record of impacting pitchers in a positive manner. I am very excited to see what Arrieta can accomplish.
  • I am going to address a big point in the next bullet, and I want to hear everyone’s opinion on the topic. I love all of the banter on here, but this is really important, not only for this site, not only for Cubs’ fans, but most importantly for the Cubs.
  • There is absolutely nothing stopping the Ricketts’ family from starting the restoration this offseason. The rooftops be damned. I believe there are enough people in this city, the Mayor included, who want the restoration to happen. I believe Tom Ricketts has enough political capital to go out and ignore the rooftops.
  • A good lawyer could keep that case in the court for 10+ years. At that point, the rooftops would be hemorrhaging cash and have no option. Tom Ricketts tried to be fair. The rooftop owners screwed him. Turnabout is fair play.
  • I am okay with Ricketts moving forward and beginning the restoration without the rooftops. Are you? Please let us all know below.
  • Also, if you are against a man using his own money to restore the most famous sports arena or stadium in the country, I need to know why. Also, simply stated, I will not agree with you.

There you have it … another Friday of wildly unrelated thoughts and opinions on the Cubs.  I hope you are all well and enjoying life.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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