It’s only been one game, but I'm ready for more change.
I keep reminding myself it’s a new era and it is going to take time for things to get turned around. We knew that this would be a “building” year, as this regime likes to call it.
However, after the way the Cubs dropped the opener, I had to remind myself this wasn’t still the Jim Hendry era.
It just felt that way.
It’s one thing to get on board with a rebuilding situation, like most Cubs fans surprisingly have. It’s a little more confusing when you still have the old guard Kerry Wood blowing a lead like he did Thursday.
I just want to push the fast forward button and get past this middling phase the team is in. It’s only been one game and I’m already pining for Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Welington Castillo to get up here.
Then we could take the losses with a fresh sense of a young team truly building towards something. I get the patience being practiced with guys like Rizzo, and maybe they aren’t in a hurry to start Jackson’s clock just yet.
I get that Theo Esptein and co. want to get as much value as possible for guys like Marlon Byrd without giving them away. Fine, just hurry up with that please.
We have all heard all offseason and spring about this team being different. I wanted to wait until the bell actually rung to see what we had here. It was hard to convince my brain this was different when you still see Wood, Byrd, Alfonso Soriano, and Ryan Dempster still running around Wrilgey Field Thursday.
They are all nice guys and have been good players for us at one time. I just can’t help but want them all gone. I know it' s irrational, you do need some vets around.
However, it was very hard not to question why Wood was in there in that eighth inning situation. Was the guy who hadn’t pitched all spring the right move?
I was against bringing back Wood for many reasons. No reason was more important than he took away a valuable opportunity for a guy like Rafael Dolis.
Please tell me the player that was an olive branch to the fans, was not getting a token appearance on opening day.
Wasn’t that what Bill Murray was for?