So Carlos Marmol has set off another M-80 in the Psyche of every Cub fan, and the mood is quite rancid. Carlos performance has pretty much been awful and Cub fans are incredibly "Midwest" in that they obsess over a player's contract and add added vitriol or love based on whether a player is over or under paid. I have been a Marmol backer and even I have thrown up my hands on him this year. Personally, I couldn't believe he was still on the roster when the gates opened in Arizona for Spring Training. The Cubs tried to trade him in December, when the Dan Haren trade fell through due to Haren's medical bills being more expensive than Marmol's salary. How in the world could you keep him after that? Did the "almost trade" give Epstoyer the belief that Marmol had "value"? and thus could be traded again?
But the anger towards Marmol is puzzling. Marmol seems like a nice enough dude. He's never moody. He owns up to his mistakes and seems to work hard to erase them. Yet there's real vitriol aimed towards him. is it just residue form hating all things Hendry? Possible I suppose.
Last year, there was a lot of vitriol about Kerry wood in the three or four times he pitched badly. But a lot of that was from Cubbie haters and most of the vitriol was aimed at Ricketts, claiming that he ordered Wood on his team and that Wood was "his pet". Even though the year before Wood was fine and was actually considered a "trade piece" the year before. Besides, when Wood did hang 'em up all was forgiven and he was loved again. Doubt we'll see that with ol #49.
This disdain towards Carlos Marmol is on par or even bigger than LaTroy Hawkins or Jaque Jones. And both of those players actually stoked the fires and told the fans to kiss their ass. Marmol has done nothing of the sort.
It's most likely the position of being closer. losing games in the late innings are total kicks to the gut. Dave Smith drew the ire of Cub fans too. And I remember just wanting to throttle a 57 year old Goose Gossage after he gave up a grand slam to New York Met Fatass Kevin McReynolds. But Gossage was washed up when he got here and so was Smith. Both never did anything good for the Cubs to endear themselves to Cub fans. Marmol set records. 13.6 K's per 9. He was incredible as an 8th inning guy and held his own as closer for a while there too. And the Cubs won with Marmol. And he's only been over pitched and over used by three different managers.
Yet everyone hates him.
I don't get it. I think he needs to go too. At the very least i expect some "forearm tightness" or some other mystery illness and Marmol will be DL'ed where he can work on the side and kind of let this cloud of rancidness dissipate. I think he needs to go, but I find it a little sad watching Marmol fall down from what he was to where he is. And I think I'm alone in feeling that. And that's a shame.
Kudos to the Bulls for their gutsy game 7 win against the fake wannabees that are the Brooklyn Nets. What a perfect home for a team full of posers. I found Joakim Noah completely obnoxious ( so did his teammates) and overrated when he was drafted. But that kids motor simply doesn't stop and he has all the intangibles you want in a player. Much respect for #13.
Think the Cubs starting pitching depth is going to come into play. With Samardzija wasting pitches the way he has and with Garza coming back from an extended injury, a true "long man" out of the pen will be a necessity. Villanueva or Feldman might not like it when they're put in the pen, but they'll probably wind up being more important in that role.
Did Barney just leave more people on base?
The more I think about it, the more I favor Appel over Gray. And not just because he had a better outing this weekend. Appel has been through some adversity with last year's draft and has had eyes on him for awhile now. Yet he's excelled. That will be needed at Clark and Addison.
Couldn't agree more with this Obstructed View column about Tom Ricketts. Ricketts' supposed "threat" was nothing more than an answer to a question in a press conference ABOUT WRIGLEY FIELD. The entire press conference was about Wrigley Field. But forced narrative is a wonderful thing with the Chicago media. And that throw away comment was found gold.
With the Blackhawks playing the Wild in St. Paul this afternoon my music this morning is the Replacements' All Shook Down. I know I know, I just picked the Replacements worst album and maybe the worst album from the whole Minnesota-was-Seattle-before-Seattle-was-Seattle era. But I disagree. First off I sort of see it as a Paul Westerberg solo album. Drummer Chris Mars practically quit and Tommy checked out. But Slim Dunlap ( whose stroke inspired this year's Westerberg-Stinson reunion) really implements himself as lead guitarist and ASD's stripped, almost acoustic sound plays well with Sunday morning. And it's some of Westerberg's best writing, which was always the best part about the band. So All shook Down...
My what to look for is Edwin Jackson. I know there's a "This is why people keep trading for me" performance in there and it's coming out to play soon. Hopefully today.