Kyle Schwarber sucks and will go down as the worst draft Pick in the Epstoyer era and will battle Ty Griffin, Ryan Harvey, and Earl Cunningham as one of the worst draft picks ever.
There. I said it. Now when"Cubs Draft pick Kyle Schwarber" is Googled there will be at least one voice that isn't singing the "Hallelujah" choir.
I have simply been floored by the amount of love this kid has gotten when less than 10 days ago, nobody knew who he was. NO. BOD. EEEEEEEEEEEEE.
The draft has always been a thorn in my side. I get into it as much as I can. But it's so hard to predict. And I should know. Here at Cubs Den the rankings for next year's draft are probably going up soon after the trade deadline passes. Every other team draft is like going to a Farmer's Market to buy fruit, or protein. You can see it, smell it and no immediately how it's going to work in your team's lineup. Hockey's a little tougher, as I've defended the Hawks drafting Jack Skille over Anze Kopitar for the last time… But in general, what you're seeing is most likely what you're getting. Baseball, however, is going to a seed bank. Who knows if there will even be rain, if the soil is right, if they get enough sun…. So many washouts. But that doesn't stop people from getting excited.
And man do they get excited. After every September loss fellow fans would try and console me by telling me what number draft pick the Cubs had. I told them then I bet they have no idea who the Cubs will take. And they all told me who the Cubs would take…..and nobody said Kyle Schwarber. NO. BOD. EEEEEE. Trea Turner was spoken a lot. Tyler Beade. Jeff Hoffman. THis went on for an entire year. An entire year of people talking and being wrong. Which if it was the NFL made sense. But absolutely no one had Kyle Schwarber. And in fact when it was learned the Cubs might not go pitcher (Again) and draft under slot the big name was Max Pentacost or something…. One Lorax named Mike Moody said Kyle Schwarber but other than that……. NO. BOD. EEEEEE…….
But once upon hearing about Kyle Schwarber's name, everyone just jumped up and down as if Bruce Sprinsteen himself had shouted out a "1,2,3,4….." and highways were jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive…. AMAZING.
The first thing we're told is Schwarber is a catcher who has no chance to stick at catcher. More cheers……. I thought this was the Epstoyer ERA where athleticism is king and multi positions are the thing but nah…hopefully…….HOPEFULLY………corner outfielder for this one. So I'm thinking "Is this guy Matt Stairs?" You know…..without all the pink. And he might be. Actually, Id love it if Kyle Schwarber turned out to be anywhere as good as Matt Stairs.
Then I hear the flood of "Overslot" guys which in theory makes sense. But does it in practicality. Wasn't Dillon Maples overslot? Where exactly is Dillon Maples? Instrux? Shawon Dunston was over slot not to go to Vanderbuilt right? Now he's a permanent .220 in Kane County….? So it sort of makes sense but it also sets you up for a nice turd or two on a marquee awning in lights.
Now, he's lighting it up in Boise. And I like Boise. The season is small enough that you can follow it in addition to other teams. But then it hits you that the 2012 team, the one that one the title and was riddled with future stars like Heavy D Dan Voglebach, Albert Almora, Gysker Amyara, and Jiemer Candeleiro…..well two years later they're ALL 3 years away…….
And perhaps that's where the frustration lies. Because every is so concentrated on the future and making sure the future rocks that nobody gives a flying monkey about the present. So Schwarber symbolizes this hope that the 2018 Cubs will be even more loaded, and yay let's get excited about that while not caring that the 2014 Cubs are in the swirl, and are completely armed and unmotivated to be bad next year too. Keep Baez and Bryant in the minors, save on super 2 and if we need any shelter well, we just show the Ricketts stubbing their toes trying to build a batting cage and everyone will assume they've hamstrung us with no money and we can talk about "THE PLAN" and remain TEFLON.
(Don't know if you saw this but Hoyer made another round of Chicago Sports Talk show station interviews this week where he hinted that the Cubs might actually sign a free agent player or two this off season to help all the kids that are white walking their way to Wrigley…. Hoyer would have continued but Ricketts didn't have enough cash to pay the companies cell phone bills that month and the interviews were cut short…..).
I hope Kyle Schwarber is great and somehow forces himself into a position he hasn't played before and into a lineup that doesn't exist against a time table nobody has set for him. But I doubt it. I think he sucks. And I'll say it….. well……. until the whole draft thing starts up in September. This time we're drafting first. I expect at least one of you to get the draft pick right.
ODDS AND SODS
So Junior lake is now batting lead off. Makes sense. Was he watching Bonafacio or wasn't he….?
Part of me is really interested to see Kyle Hendricks pitch in the major leagues. Not that Hendricks is all that. But if/when the Cubs are a major league team again, they might suffer an injury or two and be forced to call a pitcher from Iowa. I've actually liked the improvement I've seen in Chris Rusin. I guess I'm saying I like Chris Bosio a lot and anytime I need to put my trust in him I feel good about it.
Been listening to the new Bob Mould album "Beauty and Ruin". I don't know if I'd put it ahead of 2012's "Silverage" but it's darn good. Has a little more straight ahead Sugar rock to it and that's a good thing. But reads more like a "Bob Mould by numbers" album. Now Bob Mould is a hero of mine from the 80's from Husker Du to "Workbook" so I'm gonna like almost everything he does. But he'll have to do something really amazing for me to put it in the "Classic Bob Mould" category… Not sure this one is there. But it might. It's a darn good album…..
Kind of where the Blackhawks would finish I figured. I spent too much time sniping at how the roster was constructed and what Q was doing with it to think the team would win the Stanley Cup. But it was on their stick in game 7 and I sure didn't see that. Never underestimate that team's heart. One or two "RIGHT" moves and Stanley comes back to Chicago. Doesn't have to be big. Just has to be right.
Meanwhile the Bulls have to go big with their moves. I don't know if Kevin love is enough…. Good luck Gar-pax.