Well, I guess there is only one thing to say at a time like this …
Hello again, everybody!
It is great to be back. Unfortunately, life gets in the way sometimes, but as this life starts to get back to normal, I felt it was time to get back to what I do, and what I enjoy. And I thoroughly hope you welcome back my ridiculous, random and rolling thoughts with a huge dose of support, doubt and judgment because, well … I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And with that … let’s get down to brass TACKS and go rambling on this fine Friday for the first time in way too much time …
- Too bad it has been a quiet week. I really wish there were things to discuss today. I mean, it has been so quiet, you can hear certain reporters stomachs cramping due to the litany of inaccurate reports on almost all things … allegedly inaccurate or incorrect. ALLEGEDLY.
- The Cubs finally have a pitcher whose name is pronounced “Jon Lester” and is actually spelled the way it sounds!! I always thought the other guy was Jon “LeCEESter.”
- Speaking of this Jon Lester …
- Let’s play a game entitled “Remember when”
- Remember when the Ricketts sucked … Remember when the Ricketts were cheap … Remember when the Ricketts didn’t care … Remember when the Ricketts just wanted to rip off fans and pocket money … Remember when the Ricketts were broke. Remember when …
- Oh man, I could do this all day.
- In the past six weeks, the Cubs signed one of the best managers in the game and the best available starting pitcher … and spent close to $200 million in doing so … man, that family must be broke!
- The Ricketts are rebuilding Wrigley, opened the best Spring Training facility in baseball, created the most impressive development center in the Dominican, hired arguably the best manager in baseball and just signed the most sought-after free agent.
- Yes, obviously they are cheap (insert expletive here).
- Sorry, I don’t suffer fools. I just point out their ridiculousness every chance I have. (I really cannot wait to read all the reasons I am wrong. That shall be utterly enjoyable.)
- I have read a couple reports that claim Montero’s pitch-framing is just as good, if not better, than Russell Martin’s. I like this trade, and I like it a lot. Again, the Cubs took on Montero’s full remaining salary so they did not have to give up any top-line prospects.
- Again, the Cubs just took on another $40 million for three years of a catcher. I am really starting to question those scribes who continuously claimed that the Ricketts family had massive money issues. I could be wrong, but unless they file for bankruptcy soon, it appears these claims MIGHT BE baseless, irresponsible and reckless. Again, I am saying that this is all ALLEGED.
- So what or who is next … Johnny Gomes, David Ross … what are you thoughts? Who do you want next?
- While I was a little surprised that Hammel got $20 million guaranteed, I like the deal more than going after Masterson. Bosio proved he can work with Hammel. I understand the argument that Hammel fell off greatly in Oakland, but some pitchers just respond better to certain pitching coaches.
- For example, Kyle Lohse and Dave Duncan. Or, “insert any pitcher ever” and Dave Duncan. As Cubs fans, let’s hope Bosio turns into the next Dave Duncan or Leo Mazzone. Bosio seems to be heading in that direction.
- I saw a report this week that said the world will know the Cubs are ready to go for it when they trade Starlin Castro.
- I think I saw this on MLB Net, but I do not recall exactly. However, it got me thinking. While I am not sure I agree with it, I understand the premise and the reasoning. Some more food-for-thought below in the comments. What do YOU think of this statement?
- As of right now, the Cubs have Jason Hammel, Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily. Clearly, the masses were correct … Theo sucks!
- (For those new to Ramblings, and to all others who think I am serious, the above statement is S-A-R-C-A-S-M.)
- While Straily was rather unimpressive, or entirely unimpressive, during his short time in the Bigs last season, I am interested to see if an off-season with Bosio can help. As I said above, Bosio has been very good, and could be in line for a big payday if he can repeat his work with Hammel and help Straily improve.
- An oldie, but a goodie here … remember when so many claimed the “Cashner for Rizzo” trade was horrible? Yea, that makes me laugh, too.
- The past three seasons have been horrible for the Cubs in regards to the big league club’s on-field performance. It was difficult to watch, hard to rationalize, and overall depressing.
- During this time, the optimists hoped, and the pessimists harped.
- There is a long way to go, but this optimist is currently seeing a large glass that is most definitely half-full. In fact, to me, it is so half-full that it is extremely far from empty.
There you have it … the first Ramblings in 13 weeks.
Again, my sincere apologies for the delay in posting, but it is nice to be back, and I hope most of you are happy to see “Ramblings” return. I asked some questions above, and I hope to see your answers below.
From all of mine to all of yours, here is to a very happy, healthy and wholesome Holiday season.
And until the next time …
Stay Classy, Cubs Fans!!