As the Cubs wind done what is an absolutely miserable season, in which they very well could lose 100 games, there is one reason for optimism; it’s almost over.
The Cubs unloaded much of their high-priced talent this year and are in the midst of a youth movement. This is something that Cubs fans have been asking for, but as they say, be careful what you ask for…..
I see where the Cubs are promoting an event at which fans can pay $55 to see “three rising stars” and receive an autographed photo of each. Those three “stars” are Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters.
Rizzo is a bona fide “rising star” and should, based on early returns, have a fine career. On the other hand, Jackson has struck out 48 times in 94 at bats. Hmmm….he’s also hitting .191 with 4 homeruns and 8 RBI. I’m not sure that constitutes “rising star” status at all. As for Vitters, he’s batting a woeful .093 with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI. Once again, he also appears to be slow on the rise when it comes to stardom.
Now I realize that the Cubs want to promote the team and are also looking to build to the future. But if I’m going to pay $55 to attend a Cubs event, I’d much prefer to see Ernie Banks, Randy Hundley and Glenn Beckert. If I have to live in a fantasy world, I’d much prefer the 1969 version as opposed this debacle of a season.
So it seems Roger Clemens is interested in making a Major League comeback at age 50. Clemens, who has faced his share of controversy as of late, is looking to rehabilitate his image. Clemens was on trial for lying to Congress regarding his alleged steroid use (he was acquitted) yet doubts remain.
Clemens is also due to be on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame this winter, which based on some of the allegations regarding improprieties, experts think it’s doubtful he’ll be elected for quite some time. If Clemens plays another Major League game this year, however, his eligibility for the Hall is postponed for five years.
By waiting five years, this gives the sportswriters a chance to forgive and forget some of the shenanigans that Clemens has allegedly been involved in. The Houston Astros have even expressed interest in letting Clemens pitch. So what’s the hang-up? Clemens, who has been out of baseball for five years, only wants to pitch against a contending team. He thinks it wouldn’t be any “fun” to pitch a non-contender.
Maybe Clemens can just do us all a big favor and go away.
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