I don’t know whom to blame? Is it Dusty for putting his two cents in on the perils of the Cubs job at every turn? Or is it the media that has to make sure we keep hearing him whine about how hard and unique the pressure is at Wrigley?
Dusty says he doesn’t want to give any advice to Dale Sveum, but then goes ahead and does anyway.
"From my experience, patience wasn't a real virtue," Baker said Monday. "They've been patient for 100 years. That's a hard sell in Chicago, more patience. They might be patient for a little while, but unlike any other place I've been, they count. People count. And they can add real good in Chicago. Everybody — men, women and children."
More built in excuses for those who want to make them.
I assure you Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Sveum have seen this movie (long drought) before. They have dealt with the overzealous and frustrated (Boston) fan base. They have overcome the Evil Empire and have already handled a tough media.
I get a kick out of some of the Chicago media thinking they are so tough. The bullying tactics aren't going to fly this year, trust me.
I promise you no beat writer in town is going to frustrate this group like they could with thin-skinned Dusty and the ever-defensive Jim Hendry. They aren’t going to catch a ready to semi-retire senior citizen off guard like they did with “Uncle Lou” Piniella.
Sveum didn't come to Chicago for a cocktail at Harry Carry’s and shopping at Nordstrom.
This front office we are dealing with here are smart, calculating, and focused businessmen. They are here to go to work like they have everywhere else. No Chicago elements are going to catch them by surprise, no matter what anyone tells you. It’s all business to them.
They would have even let your favorite Cub Kerry Wood walk out the door if it wasn’t for Tom Ricketts intervening at the last minute.
Sveum also fits right into the business like mentality of the front office.
Sveum said "there's nothing I don't know" about the Cubs job after coaching in Boston under Terry Francona
"There's more media, there's more scrutinizing, there's going to be the second-guessing of everything," he said. "It's nothing you don't know. It's not like I've never been in or played in a big market before. You know what all goes on."
Exactly, they know what goes on here.
There is going to be a lot of jealousy involved when the Cubs finally do break though. That is why you can sense the guys who have failed hoping this group does too. Then they can say we told you so, it’s too tough there.
Only this group is going to succeed in large part, because they are just too smart to give a damn about anything but what they know how to do.