We all know the lyrics to Simon and Garfunkel’s ballad “Mrs. Robinson,” but instead of Joe DiMaggio other names come to mind. Where have you gone Bobby Howry, Scott Eyre, etc.? The Cubs are currently three games under .500, but it would be a completely different story had certain individuals continued to perform like big league players. Honestly, only Lou has kept me patient. As if you thought someone would say that. The manager keeping the fan at ease. Why, well because after each meltdown I am not subjected to “dude, he was just off his game today,” and “dude, it will be okay.” Lou is fired up and after the event which shall not be discussed, I figured Lou would supply the media with another one of his infamous tirades. Instead, he just laughed and shook his head, and for the first time, he finally got it. During his introductory press conference, Lou admitted to being unfamiliar with the curse of the Billy Goat and other such nonsense that has mentally or emotionally affected this organization for almost 100 years. However, after the event which shall not be discussed, Lou looked like every other Cubs fan I have ever known. He was not shocked, he was not in disbelief, and he just took it, laughed and shook his head, just like everyone else who was watching via television, the internet or listening on the radio. He then stood up and said that anyone in the organization was free game and they would find someone who could figure it out. Unfortunately, the options are slim. I do not think Jeff “Shark” Samardzija is the answer with his 0-3 record and 5-something ERA. Rocky Cherry experienced minimal success and Neal Cotts is now in Iowa.
Where do the Cubs turn, who is available? It is too early at this point, but the Cubs need to do something drastic before the now defunct arms of Howry and Eyre put them in an insurmountable hole. There has been great discussion regarding Jacque’s future and with the recent emergence of Angel Pagan he is more expendable than ever. However, no one’s outfield has really experienced any significant injuries thus far, making a swap even tougher for The Hendry. I am not going to speculate on what may occur as I am very often wrong. However, I know that something needs to happen. Two years ago we unloaded LaTroy on Memorial Day weekend, a trade this early is not unheard of. Granted that trade was not very successful for anyone involved, but the Cubbies are grasping at straws and need something. Dare I say I may actually miss ‘The Farns?’ Okay, okay, it is not to that point yet, but on the flipside, it is not that far off either.
The Cubs offense has been solid, the team OBP is rising, the weather is getting warmer and bats are ready. For the most part, the starting pitching has been a very pleasant surprise outside of ‘Blockhead,’ but it has kept us in most every game. According to my numbers, the bullpen has lost 12 games. If you take away just half of those, the Cubs would be 10 games over .500, a half game out of first. That is a drastic difference, especially at this point in the season, and something needs to happen before two or three men destroy the season.
Though he came in without much knowledge of the franchise, Lou has quickly ingratiated himself to the organization, players and fans. Watching his reaction after the event which shall not be discussed, I realized, as I said, that he finally got it. Not just in the ways that a manager gets it, but in the way that a fan gets it, and that is exactly what he has become, a fan. And now we have a fan managing the Cubs who will presumably do what we have always wanted. We will finally see if we were right all along.
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