Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fare thee well Lou, The "Screw you Trammel" Edition

Thanks to @TheCubsInHaiku for the picture:

Photoshop courtesy of me.

Fare thee well Lou

So Lou Piniella is retiring after today's loss to the Altanta Braves. Ok, so they haven't played yet, but it's a safe assumption. Ohh, and since my last post the Cubs also traded some guy who used to play first...

But now Lou is retiring today, citing mom's health and his own I-don't-give-a-shittedness. Don't get me wrong, I liked Lou Piniella's tenure overall. He was handed two crappy teams backto back and told "Go. Win." What drove me nuts the most was his "I don't know what else to do" and "I've done everything" excuses. First, it was his job to know what to do, and second you didn't do everything (Lee/ARam 3/4 combo du jour). But all that aside, he did find some flexibility in "letting the kids play" and for the most part, made some decent moves, suicide squeezes, sending MArshall to left, etc. so I can't complain too much. He's the best manager we've had in recent memory, I'll give him that.

So go home Lou and take care of your mom. Quade will be the manager and Trammel will be written off - though what he did to piss Jim Hendry off, I'm not sure. But that's a who;e other conversation.

PS, I'm saving my farewell to Lee psot until after he leaves town, but this kinda trumped that.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Decisions, Decisions....

So a bit of a debate has sprung up amongst my peers about the search for the next Cubs manager. Some advocate going after Joe Girardi, or Ryne Sandberg since both would have the unencumbered opportunity to slide into Lou's chair at the end of the season, and both would certainly be fan favorites.

And yet, there are some who would advocate a lesser move for a Bobby Valentine, Bob Brenly, or other "place holder" until such time as the cubs stop sucking toes - whic they will not do next season (the stoppign I mean). On the one hand, we all get to smile about our buddy Joe or Ryne, while suffering through 2-3 years of futility plugging holes with not-quite-ready prospects until we can trim some fat off the payrol and sign some decent names (undoubtedly w/ no-trade clause). On the other hand wouldn't we want our "Buddies" to, you know, actually succeed during their tenure here?

Sure we wold, but what's to say that our "buddies" will be available 3-4 years down the line when we're ready to put them on their pedestals? Nadda. So I guess get while the gettin' is good?

I'm not sure, but I hope Ryne or Joe or Bob, or whoever owns stock in Excedrin...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hey OMC, where ya been?

Well, loyal reader, a couple of things have contributed to my lack of content.

A. The Cubs suck - to be honest, how many different way do I need to say it. This team has become so irrelevant, it's been frankly hard to write about. Kudos to Carrie Muskat (Muskie the Cub), Gordon Whittenmeyer (Gordo), Paul Sullivan (Sully, known to other bloggers as "I hate you"), and Bruce Levine (Haven't come up with a nickname for him yet) fro writing about the crappy team, day after day.

B. Life has gotten in the way - work, family health, and all manner of What the Fuck-edness has been just ripping my life to shreds and sucking down my free time like Tony LaRussa on a bender.

C. Tacos. They're yummy. And kinda irrelevant to this conversation.

So there you have it. I'll write, but in the meantime, you can follow me of twitter: or if you're geekily inclined my official Palm fanboy/Geenral technology twitter account:

Meantime, just take a valium and a few muscle relaxants, and try to muscle through this crappy season with your head attached.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The 2010 Season in Dramtic form

It occurred to me that this Cubs season has been very much like this intro to the Naked Gun 33 1/3. Just one disaster after another. So I attempted to kinda put it all together. Feel free to comment/criticize. I can take it. Besides I freakin' rule, so there...