Yesterday I got into a twitter beef. Probably shouldn't have. Know I shouldn't have. I typed in that first response tweet and before I hit send thought "there's no way this ends well." but sent it anyway. 15 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Live and learn. I'm usually quite friendly on twitter ( @felzzy27 for those that care to join the fun...) and will get back to the Jason Whitlock policy of "read my articles, enjoy my tweets." as soon as Chris Rusin takes the bump for the Cubs today against the Tribe.
I won't rehash what was said other than it was Cubs related. And the only reason I bring this up at all is this: We're going to have some fun this year right? Baseball is fun. The Cubs have always been fun. Even when they were bad, some would say especially when they were bad, you had a good time.That's why you're a fan. Doesn't mean you bought into this "lovable loser" myth. You were just a positive person about things. Theo Epstein talked about it in that terrific Joe Posnanski piece the other day.
“In Chicago there seems to be a little more optimism. You see it at Wrigley Field. Even in a losing season, a player makes a nice catch and everyone is up, cheering and lifting their beers as if there’s no better place in the world at that moment. I just think there’s more optimism, more belief, less dread than in Boston.”
I've been pretty consistent in this belief: If you're buying into "the long view" and preaching patience and allowing the rebuild to rebuild, then you should get your short term happiness guilt free. So when Scott Hariston, who I think is kind of a silly patch player and will be championing his replacement's arrival sooner rather than later, hit a home run to give the Cubs an 8th inning lead, I reveled in my awfulness for analyzing players and just enjoyed the moment. Hopefully, I'll take back everything I've said ( and am going to say.) about Hariston and fellow Band aid Nate Schierholz. ( I read about the Schierholz signing between songs at a Tributosaurus plays the Band gig. right after I read the news, Spiegel and company launched into "Don't do it". Now that's funny.)
I interviewed Len Kasper last week. and he talked about baseball being about narrative more than anything else. And I kind of pressed him on it. Aren't the kids the narrative.Don't you go into the season with a narrative. He said he just tried to watch each and every game and let the narrative develop from that. Bang on the ear I say.
So in 9 days when the Cubs take the field in Pittsburgh, all my trade thoughts go out the window. Not that there's much to trade from this team to turn into long term assets anyway. And as much as Caldwell will try, I won't engage in any draft talk. To me, the development of Rizzo and Castro, and Samardzija are 1, 1a, 1b on the priority list. Stuff that happens on the field at Clark and Addison.
And dammit, I'm going to have a good time doing it too.
HIPS AND HOPS.
Know I'm late to the party on this. But I finally saw Zero Dark Thirty. Anyone else put it in the "Good but not great" category. Because that's where I'm putting it.
By the way, while I won't be commenting on the draft, the weekly updates on Manea, Appel, Gray and Stanek have been beyond entertaining. Arguello and Sahadev might be on the same page now, but I'm predicting ( or just amusingly hoping for...) a royal rumble between the two. With Arguello winning because he'll drink a lot of scotch and fight dirty.
So before my moratorium on trades starts let me throw it out there one last time... If Javier Baez is no longer in the Cubs organization and Jameson Tallion (and maybe one more minor leaguer), is the Cubs minor league system better or worse....? And by how much?
Chris Rusin had a really good spring. I'm setting the over and under on Chicago Cub starts this year at 10.
I like Jim Deshais a lot. I don't even feel the need to compare him to Bob. I liked Bob. I like this guy.
Only two more days till the latest installment of one of my all time favorite video games.
By the way, if you have an hour to 90 minutes to kill. Or you're an insomniac like myself. Rany Jazayerli and Joe Sheehan have a wonderfully good podcast. I usually break it down into half hour segments. But they know their baseball and the conversations and arguments are scintillating. It's called the baseball show, look for it.
By the way, the new "Hit and Run" debuts on the Score today. Good luck Connor keeping Barry sober and on point...