Paul Sullivan went there, on television no less.
He dared to question and criticize the boy-wonder front office of the Cubs. There he was appearing on Chicago Tribune Live as he often does, this time questioning Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s moves.
You just don’t hear or see this too often these days. It was near blasphemy.
Sullivan was met with laughter and resistance from host Dave Kaplan and guest WSCR Cubs reporter and host/producer Matt Abbatacola regarding many of his gripes.
Sullivan claimed the Cubs pushed Carlos Zambrano too quickly out the door to appease media pressure and could have gotten more at this point for him.
It’s hard to imagine the Cubs opening this season with Zambrano as part of this clubhouse. Regardless of the return, I think this was a move that had to happen for Dale Sveum’s sake. Chris Volstad hasn’t exactly paid off just yet, but was a worthwhile gamble.
Sullivan went on to say Theo and Jed lost their other deals such as Tyler Colvin for Ian Stewart, Sean Marshall for Travis Wood and prospects, and Marlon Byrd for Michael Bowden.
We can defend all of these deals on many levels, Colvin didn’t fit in this regime’s plan, anytime you can get a young starting pitcher for a reliever you do it, and Byrd had very little value. Is it possible the front office could have done better on any of these deals in hindsight?
Maybe, but it really is immaterial.
Sullivan also questioned why the Cubs didn’t bring up Anthony Rizzo when the team was playing well a few weeks ago. He thinks Rizzo could have injected some much-needed offense and kept the ball rolling.
Sullivan really sounded much like some of the fans that don’t understand what the long-term plan is.
However, it got me thinking do we put this front office on too much of a pedestal? We have to at least allow ourselves to think about that for a minute.
Now don’t question my love for Theo and the gang. I was banging the drum for the Cubs to not settle for anything but Theo when many didn’t think it was a real possibility.
I think without a doubt this organization is in the right hands and the future will be bright. However, there have been some that have pointed out that after many fruitful years, the Red Sox organization has dried up a bit.
On the other hand, you have to look at San Diego’s stellar system and wonder if Jason McLeod is the guy that should have been walking on water on the Sun Times cover.
This front office isn’t flawless, but they are one hell of a get for the Cubs. Now if Paul Sullivan can’t see that, you can always come here for some unbridled love, for now.
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