I keep forgetting to say "We're not even at 'tear the ship apart until you find those plans....' yet.".
That's been my battle cry for the last few years every time someone over reacts to the Cubs (usually poor) play during the first few weeks of April. It's a very simple premise. Imagine the baseball season as "Star Wars" If this season were the movie, we'd probably still be seeing the yellow wall of words scrolling up the screen catching us up on the plot. Or maybe we're at the entry of the huge Empire battle cruiser chasing after Leia's small antiquated get away ship; The point is, you wouldn't make assumptions about the entire movie based on how much of it we've actually seen. Look at how much of the movie we still have to see. We haven't even met Luke yet, or Han Solo, or Obi-wan. We haven't seen the Death Star level Alderron in to mud pies.... And you're ready to draw conclusions about the film?
It happens every April. Heck the 2007 Cubs had the same record that the2013 Cubs have, and with a lot more hype going in. People lost their mud. Soriano was hitting .234. So was Derosa. So was Jaque Jones. Ted Lilly was only 1-1. And everyone was ready to write the season off. They won the Central that year. Now these Cubs aren't going to win the Central. But the point is just the same. Relax. there's a hell of a lot more movie
We're not even at "tear the ship apart until you find those plans. (and bring me the girl, I want her alive.)" yet.
I'm not really sure why I chose that particular scene as my first checkpoint of the season. Probably because Vader's entrance was SO cool and that's how the scene ended. And I don't carry the metaphor out throughout the season either. I never remind people, " we haven't gotten to " If you strike me down now I shall become more powerful than you'll ever imagine." ( Although the trade deadline might be a nice equivalent...) or "the Death Star has Cleared the Bridge" ( September 1.....?). But I always use this reference when people go nuts in April.
And people are going nuts in April. Carlos Marmol is absolutely ruining the Cubs hopes and is single handed responsible for their poor record..... My brother Sam has officially decried Brent Lillibridge as the worst player to ver play for the Cubs EVER. Draft pick fever is now the front and foremost of everyone's attention. And so it goes.
Eventually things will even out. We'll get that second batch of 16 games to compare to the first batch of 16 games and see where there's been improvement, and where there's been disappointment. Until then, we have to remind ourselves to breathe, it's April 14th. I'm as guilty as anyone. Yesterday I found myself splitting the silliest of hairs about Samardzija's performance was and where he is as a pitcher, even though he's been one of the best pitchers in the NL to this point. We all get caught up in it. Even though it's an every day discussion on Cubs Den, it's still 5 months of off season being pent up and released into the first few weeks of the season. It's easy to do. Even easier than hitting Womprats in my T-16 back home.
So yeah, the Cubs might have some bullpen issues, Rizzo might be turning into Eric Hosmer before our very eyes, and the right handed lineup may not be able to hit it's way out of a paper bag. Just remember, it's April 14th. We haven't even gotten to "Tear the Ship apart until you found those plans" yet....
ODDS AND SODDS.
Speaking of which, Harrison Ford was disappointing in "42" - the Jackie Robinson movie. It looked like he researched the heck out of Branch Rickey, then played to that research. Should have brought some you know...acting to the table. The whole film had that "Jackie Robinson was Amazing....I know.....No you don't understand....Jackie was AMAZING!!!' kind of vibe. Too bad. There's a great film about the most important athlete of all times in there somewhere.
Same for Muhammed Ali.
How easy has the transition from Bob Brenly to Jim Deshais been? Nobody even bothers to compare. Great hire.
Vin Scully describing what Matt Kemp said as "That's Fertilizer" is something you can only get away with and saluted for if you're as awesome as Vin Scully.
How does Soriano play every day in the 4 hole and not have an RBI?
I'm listening to the new "Let it Be...Naked" that was just released on I tunes for today's Beatles album. I don't think I was ripped off. It reminds me a lot of Dylan's new york sessions of "Blood On The Tracks" a little more stripped down, a little more raw. if I was in my pretentious music mode I'd ramble about how "this is how it should be heard" but I'm past that. It's pretty good. And it has some fun videos. But I don't know if it's worth buying the album for a second time.
I almost went with the White Album for Robert Koening's Ob-la-Di- O-ba-lique injury crack for Steve Clevenger. Well played sir.