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   1. Jerry Mumphrey Posted: August 09, 2006 at 07:47 PM (#2133657)
After the recent "successes" and current winning streak I can't watch the team either. It's looking like the worst possible fate is upon us. Neifi's recent spell of rest has got to be a mirage, too. If Dusty would just continue to use the same lineups he's been subjecting us to all year it would be easy to pick a side, but now that he's misusing fewer people (thanks to JH's trade deadline magic) it's become less obvious as to where to pin the blame. Basically the "He's doing the best job with what he has to work with" camp now has a leg to stand on, so pulling for losses is equivalent to rooting against players with potential. I think being out of the race with all pressure removed is going to spur the team to a .500 finish and thusly another 400 ABs for Neifi next year along with $10 mil or so for Dusty and his henchmen. If Pierre and Izturis could create enough losses to torpedo this team by themselves, I'd watch, but the other guys have just been playing too well to root against.
   2. Andere Richtingen Posted: August 09, 2006 at 09:22 PM (#2133828)
The Cubs are like a drug-addicted love one. You have no choice but to separate yourself from them, but you hope that the time will come back when you can root for them again. One thing's for sure, and that is that I will be around long after Hendry and Baker are gone, and hopefully MacPhail and the Tribune Company as well.
   3. John Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: August 09, 2006 at 09:27 PM (#2133832)
The Cubs are like a drug-addicted love one. You have no choice but to separate yourself from them, but you hope that the time will come back when you can root for them again.

And just like an addict, they will come smiling back to you, swearing that this time they have the problem licked, and the days go by, and everything seems great, and you put your faith and trust back in them again, and make future plans, and tell yourself to put aside your cynicism, because your love is more important.

And of course before the month is out they've ripped off your money and ripped out your heart again and stomped on it, and you tell yourself that you'll never be fooled again, and this time you're never going back...
   4. _ Posted: August 09, 2006 at 09:58 PM (#2133874)
I think a photo would help toward getting to know the columnist even better. . .
   5. Andere Richtingen Posted: August 09, 2006 at 10:04 PM (#2133880)
I think a photo would help toward getting to know the columnist even better. . .

Mullet Man!
   6. Cabbage Posted: August 09, 2006 at 10:39 PM (#2133923)
Djf,

Hopefully, your joining the Gonfalon staff will coincide with my return to regular posting (although I'd hate to see your good name associated with such a thing). I just fired up the new laptop yesterday and I start law school in two and half more weeks. I'll probably be harassing you and Retro for help with those tort things they tell me are a real pain in a 1L's backside.
   7. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 09, 2006 at 10:54 PM (#2133934)
I think a photo would help toward getting to know the columnist even better. . .

More self-indulgence? Ask and ye shall receive. The Mulletman pictures may be found here.

Oh, and good luck Cabbage! I probably shouldn't volunteer anything on her behalf, but SMK just finished her first year at Marquette, so she might be a good source of advice from someone who's knowledge is more fresh and less crusty.
   8. SMK Posted: August 10, 2006 at 09:56 PM (#2135887)
Congrats on the new gig dJF! I always wondered why there weren't any BTF regulars writing for the Cubs blog.

And Cabbage, I'm happy to help in any way I can. Take that FWIW. :)
   9. Hack Wilson Posted: August 10, 2006 at 10:06 PM (#2135894)
I start law school in two and half more weeks.
I thought you got over that. Where are you going?
   10. Andere Richtingen Posted: August 10, 2006 at 10:10 PM (#2135898)
Congrats on the new gig dJF! I always wondered why there weren't any BTF regulars writing for the Cubs blog.

And Cabbage, I'm happy to help in any way I can. Take that FWIW. :)


I sense that we may be able to woo SMK over to Cub fandom.

Not that this crowd needs any more lawyers.
   11. SMK Posted: August 10, 2006 at 10:54 PM (#2135937)
I sense that we may be able to woo SMK over to Cub fandom.

Not that this crowd needs any more lawyers.


Trust me, I have enough problems as a Mariners fan. The last thing I need is to start caring about the Cubs. *shudder*
   12. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 10, 2006 at 10:54 PM (#2135938)
I sense that we may be able to woo SMK over to Cub fandom.

I wouldn't wish that on anyone. You are a cruel, cruel man, Andere.
   13. Spahn Insane Posted: August 12, 2006 at 12:03 AM (#2137568)
Not that this crowd needs any more lawyers.

Well, FWIW, Cabbage is just starting school, Pops is still awaiting bar results, and I'm not a REAL lawyer.

Yes, I agree with the sentiments--I know dJf'll do a great job here. He was pretty much writing essay-length commentary as it was, without the by-lines.
   14. Spahn Insane Posted: August 12, 2006 at 12:04 AM (#2137570)
dJf, you were attending Cub games at least 8 years before I was. Damn, boy--you ARE old!
   15. _ Posted: August 12, 2006 at 12:27 AM (#2137593)
This reminds me of when Germany hired a PR firm in late 1944. "Folks, isn't it about time you reconsidered Germany? Sure, we've made some mistake in the past, but we've got some exciting new projects on the horizon!"
   16. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 12, 2006 at 06:32 AM (#2137896)
I don't think this is enough for a full essay, but it's the funniest thing I've read in a while:

Baker said Pagan "panicked" when he lost a ball at the wall and made a wild throw, while Jones is trying too hard.

"You saw earlier in the year, Jacque was throwing low," Baker said. "Now he's trying to compensate and he's throwing high. The next step is in the middle. He knows."


Yes, folks, were talking about an outfielder who is in his eleventh season as a professional, his eighth as a major league outfielder.

Can we get rid of the frickin excuses and apologies and just say that the guy is a crappy fielder?
   17. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 12, 2006 at 06:36 AM (#2137897)
That was from here (RR), btw.
   18. Neil M Posted: August 12, 2006 at 08:38 AM (#2137935)
dJf-

I just read the linked article and came straight here to see if anyome had seen the excerpt you posted. Well one. What unbelievable crap Baker comes out with!

Or maybe he means that Jacque will throw perfectly all through the winter months before losing his action once more as ST approaches?
   19. Clute Posted: August 14, 2006 at 03:44 PM (#2140119)
Braintrust? More like brainfart! To say anyone with a clue is in a key decision making position with this organization is like saying the Sun will rise in the West.

The lack of accountability in this organization runs all the way from GM down to the last jockstrap in Rookie ball. Winning organizaions by and large have a program in place as to how they develop and want their players to perform. This Cubs have no such plan in place, hence the lack any significant home grown position palyer since the days of Santo and Williams. It seems all personnel decisions are based solely out of a reaction to events, instead of a carefully laid out plan to build a solid organization that will produce a steady stream of quality players to either play or trade for marquee players when needed. Unfortunately the Tribune Co. would rather eat their own children than jettison any dead weight that has money due on a contract.

We all understand you need the horses to win, but when the level of accountability is non-existint, all but the most dedicated of player will not live up to his potential without direction. This is one of Dusty's most glaring weaknesses, as the only players that get yanked out of his lineup are the rookies.

As far as providing the horses for Dusty to win with, Hendry has failed miserably. Let's examine just this year as I don't think I could keep my breakfast down if I went back any further. I don't think anyone believes Maddux wanted to go, but being the pro that he is, understood the Cubs trying to improve a team that was going nowhere with him. On a team with so many holes to fill, why would you trade Maddux for a shortstop. You had a rookie playing there who at worst was only negligibly inferior to him and could potentially outperform who you traded for? Trading for or signing a free agent stud at shortstop is the only legitimate reason to move Cedeneo over to second. J. Jones for three years? Studs get 3 year contracts. With the signing of Jones, even if you wanted to play your rookies, where are they going to play? How about trading three young pitchers for a leadoff man that says if Dusty doesn't come back, he probably would like to go elsewhere also. That's rich isn't it. If you trade that much away to get your precious leadoff man, why wouldn't you have immediately signed him to an extension? How about going into this season with the only backup plan for the likely possibility of an unhealthy rotation is the signing of Wade Miller.

These things go on in the front office and on the field because no one is ever held accountable. With Wrigley's seats full, why would the beancounters setting policy really care? An owner that actually gave a s*** about baseball would've never given an extension to a GM still resting on his laurels from 2003. The Cubs are the only major league franchise owned by a corporation and we all know the primary function of any corporation is to maximize profits. So if this franchise is ever going to turn around any any type of consistent level, a new owner that actually cares about baseball is needed.
   20. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 14, 2006 at 04:03 PM (#2140140)
This Cubs have no such plan in place, hence the lack any significant home grown position palyer since the days of Santo and Williams.

That's not exactly true -- Mark Grace and Rafael Palmeiro would disagree. Still, you make a good point.
   21. Clute Posted: August 15, 2006 at 02:00 PM (#2141437)
Thanks for the correction but I was just trying to make a point. If you remember both Grace who was a much latter round pick than the highly scouted Palmeiro were both actually drafted by a GM (Dallas Green) who actually had a clue about what it takes to win a World Series. Further making the point that a new GM could do wonders. GM's can't make that much money(3 or 4 million), so I'd go out and throw the checkbook at Billy Beane to reorganize this mess.

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