I do not want to see the 2009 Cubs succeed. To do so would be to go against every baseball sensibility I have. It would be to go against any sense of justice and fairness in this world. To see the 2009 Cubs succeed would be a slap in the face of the baseball gods (sorry, Dusty Baker). To see the 2009 Cubs succeed would validate stupidity. When a G.M. takes a 97 win team and needlessly overhauls them in the offseason with head-scratching, nonsensical moves, it should not be able to win. I want to see the Cubs win a World Series, but my God, not this team. Cub fans deserve better than this ill-conceived team Jim Hendry has put together and Lou Piniella has watched over. I’ve heard people say the Cubs will actually make the playoffs because they play most of their remaining games against sub .500 teams such as the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals. Sure. I’m so glad that we have the MLB Extra Innings package on DirecTV so I can actually watch real baseball this September.
Why is Milton Bradley still on this team? I don’t care if the Cubs buy out his contract and cut him tomorrow, it is painfully obvious that he cannot remain on this team. Hey, he even said he does not feel comfortable at Wrigley Field. Who actually thought Milton Bradley would behave differently on the Cubs, a team that has no obvious leaders? No, to root for the 2009 Cubs to succeed would mean Milton Bradley succeeding. It may be juvenile, but I can’t do it.
Good luck to Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman after being claimed off waivers. Hopefully for them, they will indeed end up someplace else so they don’t have to ride out this train wreck.
Now that the Cubs have new owners, the Ricketts family (Isn’t that the name of a disease? Maybe it’s fitting for the Cubs), we should expect a lot of moves. At least I hope so. Do they really know what they’re getting into? Will they completely sever all ties with the Tribune and start anew, or will it just be business as usual? The new owners have a lot of work to do. I wish them well and hope that they can deliver a Cubs World Series with a team that would live up to the image of a champion.