As anyone who follows my writings and ramblings know, almost everything breaks down into some quote or scene from the Simpsons. This season of Cubs baseball is no different. The Simpsons scene that's currently running through my mind is the one where Chief Police Officer Wiggum gets his tie caught between the hot dog rollers in the hot dog machine. Wiggum recognizes what is happening and as he's being pulled into the machine he says "Well, this is gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets better….." He then starts to climb IN TO the machine.
Cub Fans, I sense a war coming. the rhetoric is being ratcheted up. A lot of people are digging in their heels. There are people that are either tired of the PLAN, or are losing faith in the PLAN, Or want to see an acceleration of the PLAN. And they're fed up. On the other side are staunch believers of the plan. They not only seem to think everything is fine, but that "You don't get it" and aren't very smart if you don't appreciate what Epstoyer are finally doing after years and years of futility.
Again, the answer, and where I am, is somewhere in between. I believe in the Plan but want to see more. But there's no room for in between. Drink the kool aid or be a hater, or a Hendry supporter. I forget which one it is. I guess I'm both. I rooted for Hendry. You did too. People tend to forget that. I've rooted for Jim Hendry, Ed Lynch, Andy MacPhail, Dallas Green, Jim Frey. I root for whoever the Cubs GM is. It's called being a fan.
And I root for Epstoyer too. I just wish it wasn't so hard. I mean, what have they done.
"THE FARM SYSTEM!!!!!!!" LOOK AT THE FARM SYSTEM YOU IDIOT" is usually the first thing the apologists yell. And by that they mean the Core four- Baez, Soler, Bryant, and Almora. I mean who else is close. You never hear Alcantarra's name as an option. Villanueva's neither. Shouldn't their be some OF prospect that can beat out the Ryan Kalishes and Justin Ruggiano's of the world. I mean…..this farm system is supposed to be loaded right?
THE GARZA TRADE!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THE GARZA TRADE.
OK. Kevin Orie Redux and some arms. I like Grimm but I don't know if he's a starter. Ramirez looks like a bullpen arm and who knows if/when/where CJ Edwards even makes it. Has anything Epstien, Hoyer or Renteria done or said made you think they're bullish on Mike Olt's future? Yet the Theo heads are…..
I mean, I know you can't do this…… But if the Cubs had a rotation of Samardzija, Cashner, Garza and Feldman, this team would be a lot more competitive than it is. It would still have "the core four" and life would be a hell of a lot more optimistic than it is now.
And again, I'm for the Plan, I agree with what Epstoyer are doing. But shouldn't they be doing more? I mean, the Cubs hired the best, who in turn hired the best. And yet I see them taking the easiest route possible. The most draft picks and save the most money and absolutely no time restrictions or improvement demands of any kind……? The Core four will become the fab five, and after next year will be the super six and we'll be working on "Studley seven" before someone wakes up and says, hey, shouldn't most of these guys be major league stars by now…..?
The New York mets were every bit the bloated payroll, depleted farm system disaster of an organization the Cubs were when Sandy Alderson took over. his team is currently 13-11, and that's with Granderson being terrible and Kyle Farnsworth being the team's 4th closer of the year. Oh and no Matt Harvey….
Is it so wrong to ask for more from the highest paid, most respected front office the Cubs have ever had?
The Cubs outfield consists of three waiver wire pickups, a C level prospect and a fringe free agent. Plenty of barrel under your fingernails there…. And yet people seem fine with it.
We haven't even touched who's gonna pitch for this team once the Cubs trade Samardzija and Hammel.
I read Garza and Soriano's comments about how nice it is to be on a team that actually wants to win.I wonder how they communicate with future FA's. And they are gonna have to sign a real FA or two if they're serious about helping Baez, Bryant and the rest of the kids develop. Can you even convince an F that you're serious about winning or are you simply gonna have to write bigger checks? I know what I think will happen.
I am a fan of the plan. But I still think they should be better. And I expect them to compete next year. I don't think it's wrong to set some expectations after 3 years of doing nothing but getting prospects and building the farm system. Thi is a Complete rebuild right? Or are we just rebuilding half the organization. Or is it a full rebuild being done had-assed?
These are the thoughts I think of when my team has its tie stuck in the wheels of the hot dog warming machine. And it's gonna get a lot worse before it gets better.