Hello again, everybody. It is August 1, and I must say, I think Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer had themselves quite a July. They added multiple players to the farm system’s top-20 list while promoting many of the big names to their respective next level.
The dog days may begin in August, but Cubs fans should not be worn down. It probably won’t happen next year, but the future is starting to get louder, and as Lollapalooza kicks off today, I am all about a loud Chicago. So let’s get down to some rambling …
- If the Cubs kept Jeff Samardzija and James Russell, they would still not win the World Series next year, nor would they have gone to the playoffs. Okay, maybe I can say that with certainty, but I would bet a lot of money on it.
- I heard a few people were upset with the trade of Bonifacio. He is a free agent next year. Get something for him. Watching the Cubs lose one less game in the next two months is not worth losing out on a prospect.
- Russell wanted to start again. Way to lump him in with Bonifacio and get the aforementioned prospect.
- Speaking of prospects, four of the top-ten, and seven of the MLB Pipeline top 20 Cubs’ prospects came via trade. (I am counting Hendricks here). As well as Arrieta, Rizzo, Olt, Ramirez, Grimm, Wood and Strop.
- I will also say this … until Starlin Castro, who was the last homegrown Cubs position player that had a lengthy and successful career? Think. His rookie year was 1988. He lost out on the ROY to Chris Sabo.
- Mr. Mark Grace. 1988 was TWENTY-SIX years ago. That is sad, at best.
- I am sure some, or many, may disagree with the plan to lose badly at the Major League level for three seasons. And that is completely understandable. As a season-ticket holder, I didn’t enjoy writing that check knowing what would happen.
- However, I believed in the plan. I got on the bus with Tom Ricketts. I said, “I am going to shut my mouth, and buy in with you.” I knew it would not be easy, but one can be positive, or one can be negative.
- For many that read this blog and comment regularly, the Cubs are a regular part of your life and impact your mood, and for some, livelihood. The same can be said for me and many I know. I thought the Ricketts/Epstein plan was the best plan possible.
- I may be a Cubs fan today, but I am not a Phillies fan. And moving forward, that is good. What a rough day and year for that franchise.
- My favorite Anthony Rizzo stat: .391 OBP. He gets on base almost 40 percent of the time AND leads the National League in home runs. He turns 25 a week from today and is three years away from the start of his prime.
- Marlon Byrd is one of the league leaders in home runs. Will somebody please say it for me?
- I am hoping we get to see multiple starts out of Chris Rusin the rest of the way. I have always rooted for the kid.
- Coghlan and Ruggiano both have OBPs at or above .340. I remember Lou Piniella once saying that .340 was the magic number for OBP. If a player was there, he was a legitimately good Major League player on the offensive side. Given that they should both play a lot from here on out, I am very curious to see where they finish this season.
- Castro is only three homers shy of his single-season record, and yet it seems like he hasn’t hit one since, well, for like a really long freakin’ time. It’s been so long my age has changed. Seriously.
- June 20. It was June 20. It was a Friday. It was in June. It is now August.
- I am going to keep harping on this problem, but baseball games are WAY TOO LONG. It seems like the Cubs are regularly playing 3.5-hour games, if not longer. A baseball game should not be longer than a football game, especially a college football game. This going to become a huge problem for Bud’s successor, and it can’t continue. Baseball cannot afford to lose children and adolescent fans because eventually there will not have many adult fans either.
- Let’s play a game here … in 2019, the Cubs make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and are defending World Series champions. Wrigley has been completely restored and the neighborhood is thriving, pumping millions of dollars of much-needed money into Chicago’s economy.
- At that point, will Ricketts finally pass Da Coach in our hearts and minds?
And with that, I will wish you all a happy weekend, a happy August, and hopefully a happy life. Be safe and enjoy wisely.
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!