A bunch of odds and Sods as we desperately wait for Tanaka to pick a coast and for the Cubs to get to Spring training.
- Yesterday was one of those days that made you question if indeed you were ever a fan of the Chicago Cubs and if you will ever be again going forward. Not by the actions of the Cubs mind you. But by Cub fans. For those of you that missed it the Cubs introduced a new Mascot- "Clark". He's an absolutely harmless bear who is going to be on the outer periphery of Cubs games while mostly catering to Cubs fans 6 and under. This caused most Cub fans to lose their mud and ruin everyone's Twitter timelines by destroying Clark and the Cubs for everything from "putting marketing ahead of baseball" to the fact that Clark the Cub's hat is backwards and thus is too gangster.
This was he third most important story on last night's news behind the weather and a shooting in Araura. I understand the Cubs off season hasn't been a very productive one (more on that later...) and Cub fans tend to get more narcissistic and are ready to vote yea or NAY!!!!!!! on the next move, the latest press conference. But this was pure silliness. My favorite was that the Cubs were desperate for something to announce at the upcoming Cubs Convention. As if the backlash from announcing Kerry Wood's extension hasn't stopped reverberating everywhere. ( It's now a sound Byte at Cubbie Hate 670 the Score...).
I've always extended an invitation to these supposed "fans" that if they hate everything or are critical about everything about the Cubs all the way down to the mascot that perhaps they should leave, not be a fan anymore. I know this is futile. They always claim loyalty and will continue to bitch until the Cubs actually win the thing. When they'll attempt to make the whole 106+ years about THEIR suffering.
Clark made an appearance last night with some other Cubs at a Children's event. From all pictures and reports, the kids had a great time. How about we let it stay that way?
- The other burr that seems to be under the Cubs fans saddle is the Jeff Passan article where he calls the Cubs cheap. Frankly, I thought it was a fairly spot on article. The Cubs are coming across as cheap from the perspective of anybody that's not invested in the Cubs the way we are. Could you pay less for an outfield than the one of Ruggiano/Schierholtz in right, Sweeney in center, and Junior Lake in left? What is that? Half a Curtis Granderson? Granderson is a very expensive place-holder for the Mets who will get 60 million dollars while not winning a thing while waiting for Noah Syndegard and others from the minor leagues to help restore their glory. Now the Mets might be stupid.....but they're not being accused of being cheap. Choose your poison I suppose.
It should be pointed out that Passan goes on to laud Theo and the front office and the Cubs stable of minor league studs. Passan even says that the Cubs could be good very soon. I, for one, am totally on board with not spending on free agents until a little more of the foundation is laid down ( like next year when Baez and Bryant are household names...). And part of that process is listening to out of towners call you cheap.
- Comcast Sports Chicago has somehow managed to get worse. How is that?
- Someone on Twitter said we're now down to the "Masahiro Tanaka's wife prefers to live in LA" part of the negotiations and I couldn't agree more. I'm not sure that I like the fact that the Cubs have been so quiet ( the quiet team usually wins these things) or that I don't. Let's just hope they're still in the running....
- Don't think the Blackhawks are gonna make it this year come playoff time. Hope I'm wrong. But Q's point chasing has come at the expense of developing some kids from Rockford. And those kids were/still can be kind of vital in keeping the current Hawks fresh through a long season off of a short off-season. Throw in the fact that they're capped out come trade deadline time where the Blues and Kings can really add.....I just don't see it. Hope I'm wrong.
- Cubs convention is right around the corner......that's....... that's something.
- Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs still haven't avoided arbitration. Were looking at around 5 million dollars. Shouldn't be that hard should it?
- Kyle Hendricks breaks camp with the big club this spring. Heard it here.