Frustrating times both in Cub Nation in general and at Goatriders in particular

Been taking some shit from some of you about the brevity and the sparsity of our posts. 

could assume a lot of it is due to your frustration of being a Cubs fan.  I share your frustration.  The season is a month old and, what, Marmol has lost four goddancing games all by himself?  It was obvious to me literally from Day One that he didn't have it, and it appeared to me that manager Dale Sveum was talking out of both sides of his mouth.  On one hand, he kept saying he wasn't going to give up on Marmol, spouting inanities like "he'd only given up one hit off of his fastball".  On the other hand, he would say things like "our decisions are being made using technology like our video systems and information databases".

Well.  Bollocks.  I hate it when my intelligence is taken for granted, so I assume yours is, too.  So I might be a bit inclined to give some of you a break for riding my ass.  You know what, though?  Fuck that.  Because I don't deep down believe its because you're just pissed off at Carlos Marmol for refusing to throw his fastball, or for Ian Stewart for sucking at baseball, or for Alfonso Soriano for making nineteen million dollars a year because he told Jim Hendry back in the winter of 2006 that he was 30 years old when really he was probably closer to 40, and now he can barely walk, and he sure as hell can't lift up that big huge bat he insists on dragging up to the plate each time.

No, I think you're sniping my ass because you're 19, and that's what you do anymore.  Your whole purpose in life is to go around and make other people feel miserable.  Which, to be honest, isn't much different than what we did.  But we did it different.  We would try to lay out a logical argument and topple it over you.  Kind of like an old-school land war. You all just rather get in, snipe, and get out.  A drone, precision strike.  Shit, that's no fun.  Kind of takes all of the social element out of it. 

Fact is,  I've had a couple of squabbles over the years with the guys over at Cubs Den, but as far as Cubs news on Chicago Now, they are doing the lion's share.  Pun?  Intended.  I'm not sure what John and Tom are doing during the day, but they have better Cub sources, they devote far more Cub time, and are way more objective about their Cub coverage.  I love what they do, and they are good at it.  However, being objective ain't what we're about. 

We vent here.  Sometimes we use ALL CAPS and exclamation points!!  If that scares you, cripes, grow a pair, Nancy.  You should see me in real fuckin' life!   We're a waste of bandwidth?  Who actually talks like that?  The fact is, a few months ago, when the Tribune announced a sort of advertising plan for its Chicago Now blogs, we said we didn't feel we posted enough on here.  We got reasons.  Alex writes for several other diverse sources; Kurt has a couple of gigs including a teaching gig; I recently reacquired my IT job, and am just now finishing a Master's degree in Mathematics.  In the fall, I am going to start teaching night school again.  It's a lucrative side gig, and daddy wants some of the finer things in life.   I mean, we're busy.  It's hard to justify slacking off from one of the other gigs to put out the effort necessary to write about the 2012 Cubs!

Perhaps if this ballclub warranted a closer following, maybe one or more of us could push away some of the other responsibilities of our lives and put more time into research of the 2012 Cubs.  But?  Right now things look totally hopeless.  Any fool can see that Soriano, Soto, Johnson, Baker, DeWitt, Stewart, DeJesus, Volstad, Wood and (more and more) Barney do not figure into any contending Team of the Future.  None of them deserve to even be here. Yet, there lies 40% of the roster.  All entirely untradeable, with the possible exception of Soto, only because catching talent is at an all-time low in baseball.  Perhaps at the deadline, he may bring back a mid-level prospect. 

It just seems pointless projecting who should be playing instead of the above 10 guys, because if SOMEBODY was, they would have come to town by now. 

As far as Marmol...last weekend, I was in the city, and I dropped into the new offices across the street from Wrigley.  I offered to debug the line of code in Theo's new software system that kept telling them to run Marmol out there, but they insisted the app was working fine.  Turns out it was.  It was just telling Marmol to throw the heat.  And he was being insubordinate.  Kids, these are your 2012 Cubs.  If you enjoy them, then I dunno what the eff is wrong with you.  I don't enjoy them, and don't expect me to.  And if I get pissed off, and if it is going to help me get through my day without yelling at a co-worker or my wife or kicking my cat by going on here and posting a stupid picture of Soriano dropping a flyball and another 20 word post, well, don't fucking worry about it.  If Chicago Now wants to put us out of our misery, we will go in an orderly fashion. 

Until then, deal.


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  • Hey man you seem very angry. Why? You get to write about the Cubs. Win or lose Cubs fans are always there. If you want people to comment give them a reason to read. Right now the "other guys" are writing more interesting stuff. I get that your's is supposed to be different then "their's". But come on man get a hold of yourself. Who is this blog for? If it's just for you they have things like that already. It's called a fucking journal. If it's for others than make it appealing for others to want to read. I get your frustration with how bad the team is, but did you really expect anything else with the team rebuilding. It takes thick skin to be a Cubs fan. Believe me growing up in New York and having Yankee fans around you at all times makes being a fan of the worst franchise in baseball even more frustrating. Being frustrated is one thing. Making a blog that others would be glad to take over about your personal issues is another. Grow up and "sell" yourself to people otherwise you'll never have any more than 1 or 2 comments. Why should I read your blog man?

  • "Been taking some shit from some of you about the brevity and the sparsity of our posts."

    I can only speak for myself but it seems like the worse the team gets the more I surf the sites like yours, looking for any respite. Maybe it's a misery-loves-company kind of thing. We all knew they would be bad, but fuck, I am so sick of losing to other crappy teams, especially the White Sox. So maybe we come here looking for any reason of hope, don't find it, and then vent. I don't think it's personal, although I do put some stock in your 19 years old sniping theory. That's part of the byproduct of a generation that is losing the ability to communicate in a face-to-face manner. It's de-volved into a one-way electronic messaging world.

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