Z is right; couldn't be more right, and Quade is weak.
This weekend has absolutely left me shell-shocked, and I am sure I am not alone, huh?
Marmol has blown two wins in the past week. The Cubs could have certainly used either win, if not both. Zambrano had something to say about it today, and although once again he is being childish and selfish, it is real hard to argue with him.
Nevertheless, now the finger pointing has started in public, and what does Mike Quade say?
"His teammates will deal with him".
So, what exactly are we paying YOU for, skip? It sure isn't your sage decision-making late in games. It isn't for your daring lineup cards, or your preparation in putting the right people in positions to succeed. It isn't for your quick learning curve; it takes you several instances to see things it takes all of us one or two times to spot, like Marlon Byrd not being a third hitter, or James Russell is not a major league starter.
It isn't for your inspiring, constructive meetings. Every time you conduct one of those, the boys go out and fall flat on their faces.
Look, let me make one thing clear: I am not in the "Ryno-camp". I never thought Ryne Sandberg would ever be given a chance to manage the Cubs, and I think management should have been upfront with him all along. Instead, they milked him like the cash cow he was, riding him all the way up to the point that he expected the keys to the barn. I never thought Ryno was the answer, either. I was always a Girardi man, myself, and I still am.
I understand that Quade had a great 6 weeks last year, and since Hendry was given the opportunity to hire him, he did. It could not possibly have turned out any worse than it has. Quade sucks as a manager in the big leagues; at least he does in Chicago.
But he isn't the problem.
The problem is that the owners of the Cubs allowed Jim Hendry to stick around to hire him in the first place. Most GMs are only allowed to hire 2 managers without winning a title. If the GM in question hasn't found what he needs after the tenure of 2 managers, then his owner fires him and brings in another regime.
Of course, Tom Ricketts has been too busy playing day trader, swilling Old Styles on weekends in the bleachers, and otherwise sucking on daddy's money teats to learn this simple golden rule of baseball management. Quade sucks, because Hendry was allowed to hire him, and Hendry sucks, but he's still here, so we, the fans, are dealing with some very embarrassing baseball.
If you have to face any Cardinal fans tomorrow at work, please, know you have my sympathies and prayers. You should not have to be placed in this position, and by 'position', I mean bent over, grabbing your ankles while Cletus Nation is buggering you and slobbering on your neck. I'm going somewhere for the next three days, and I'm not reading a newspaper, watching any TV, or coming out here. I need a break from shitty Cubs baseball.
Thanks, Tom Ricketts, for being a stupid-ass Chad, and standing around with your thumb up your hole while a whole nation of Cub fans gets pantsed day after day after day. Go back to your highrise, and think up some other crap you can give away on Thursdays. Maybe some of those stupid looking "10" caps. That's all you're good for.
Just don't suspend Zambrano. He's simple, he doesn't know how not to tell the truth.