Steve Stone was on the air Friday remarking how team chemistry is reliant upon winning. “No one ever says how much a fifth place team has good chemistry” he said.
Ha! You clearly haven’t watched this Cubs team Stoney.
There are times such as tonight’s nightcap of a double header that you forget this team has over 70 losses already. They play hard and now that they are predominately a young club, they are even dare I say fun to watch.
Don’t get me wrong there are some painful moments still, but at least most are growing pains. At least you know most of this bunch can still learn from day to day and improve. That is what makes this thing at least watchable now.
You want to watch Starlin Castro continue to figure it out both in the field and at the plate. You can see Castro being more selective and driving the ball and it makes you believe a little more in the club's vision for him.
You are happy for Brett Jackson and can see the confidence build with each hit. He says tonight he was finally comfortable at the plate.
Brooks Raley..Not bad. Ok, I won’t get carried away.
Speaking of Castro, he certainly looked more comfortable at the plate himself (HR short of the cycle). This reported deal could have him more relaxed than ever, hopefully not too relaxed. To ease some of your fears Alfonso Soriano has already given him some money advice.
Theo Epstein seems to have pounced at the just right time for the club's sake with this deal, while Castro was going through some of those growing pains himself. It hopefully will be viewed as much as a team-friendly deal in the future as it appears to be now by most experts.
This is the kind of move that used to have me impressed when Cleveland was locking up all their young talent at the first signs of stardom in the 90’s. You may lose some of these deals but you will almost assuredly win a lot more if you trust your organization’s eyes.
In the setback department: during the post game interview featuring Jackson, Matt Garza apparently dropped the ball while a visibly anxious rookie waited for his shaving cream pie. It never came.
Progress isn’t always linear. It can, however, be at least enjoyable to watch.