...and sometimes he eats you. (Yes, still figuring out where this apostrophe goes in the title. It's clearly more than one anarchist at this brunch. But does it belong to them? Or is it for them? Are they just there? Are we? These questions torment me).
This week saw the trade, and essentially a white flag, on Brett Jackson. I guess it's a measure of just how far the Cubs organization has come in a short time that Jackson went from some of our brightest hope in the system to essentially the scrapheap. Then again, Jackson as a prime prospect was always a reach. It was just the only one available to us...
We’ve said it here before many times. Brett Jackson has almost everything the Cubs want in a player. He’s athletic, he can run, he can defend, he’s willing to grind out ABs, and he can hit with some occasional power. He showed he could do all of those things in his brief call up last... Read more »
So one thing that caught my eye yesterday in the BA top prospect list but that I failed to mention was the last line of Brett Jackson’s profile (subscriber link). He should open 2013 as Chicago’s center fielder unless he tanks in spring training. You can’t just dismiss it as speculation because we know Jim... Read more »
As many of you already know, the Cubs have chosen not to retain Pat Listach, their 3B coach. Listach was a rising managerial star in the Cubs system and is highly thought of around the league, so I assume he’ll get a position somewhere fairly quickly. Good luck to him. In somewhat related news, Bobby... Read more »
Time to catch up on the progress of some Cubs prospects and young players… Dave Sappelt has been coming around the bat but his baserunning blunder really didn’t sit well with manager Dale Sveum. When asked if it was a coach’s decision, Sveum said, “It’s not a coach’s decision. That’s a player just not being... Read more »
Brett Jackson’s catch yesterday has everyone still buzzing. Tom and I have both written about Brett Jackson inspired by that catch. It brought on thoughts on Jackson’s potential leadership ability, media expectations, and whether or not Jackson can hit enough to make any of it matter. We decided to break it up into three different... Read more »
Baseball is fabulous at bonding people. I have made many friends through our mutual love for the game. One of my better friends, Julian, is an avid San Francisco Giants fan. For years I’ve watched him wear his SF hat (the real one, not this bi-colored schlock they’re wearing now.) into Shea Stadium and war... Read more »
Steve Stone was on the air Friday remarking how team chemistry is reliant upon winning. “No one ever says how much a fifth place team has good chemistry” he said. Ha! You clearly haven’t watched this Cubs team Stoney. There are times such as tonight’s nightcap of a double header that you forget this team... Read more »
The new generation Cubs took the field at Jurassic Petco Park. And it had all the easiness of watching Bambi trying to ice skate. A fourth inning hiccup by the starting pitcher was all the Padres got, but it was all they needed as they cruised to a 2-0 win. Years from now, when (hopefully)... Read more »
The strikeouts are well-documented. Statistical projections are pessimistic. Should we just give up on Brett Jackson? In a word, no. We also know that the Cubs certainly aren’t giving up on their once top prospect. The reality here, though, is that the inability to make contact will almost certainly limit Brett Jackson’s upside, simply... Read more »