When Lou had to grovel in the press about not meaning it when he said that he'd be happy to buy Jason's plane ticket out of town... I thought Marquis was gonna be gone then, actually.
And I've been reading what a fabulous 5th starter he is, but... seems to me every time he pitched he'd give up 4 or 5 in the 4th or 5th...
If I had time I'd look it up, but I would bet that he had some spectacular run support to get all those wins.
Lots of concern.
(I just saw that the Reds signed Jerry Hairston Jr to start at short - imagine the concern of Reds fans!)
But... lets step back for a minute.
Remember the 6 total playoff runs in 3 games vs. the Dodgers?
I was there and it was awful, and it was also very possible that somebody good hitting from the other side of the plate might have changed things (note the Phillies had 2 switch hitters and two lefties starting).
Where I work, when the boss wants something, it happens.
Lou says he wants the lefty bat, he gets the lefty bat.
A long time ago, I bought into Lou Piniella.
He got the Cubs into the post season the last two years.
If the Cubs get in again for a third straight, well, somebody with more time than me can find out for sure but that might be something that the Cubs have never done.
Is it a gamble?
Milton's two kinds of gimpy - head and legs.
If Milton goes down, Fukudome's in right, Reed's in center - right back where we were only without DeRo.
That's unless Aaron Miles (he plays the outfield too) turns out to be another DeRo, or Micah Hoffpauir has made giant glove-strides.
But just like me, you think something else will happen, right?
There's nothing to write about that we haven't talked about to death.
Well there is, maybe I'm just tired of it.
So I decided to look at some old Cub journals.
And when I opened the one from '93, well all I can say is that our "problems" today as Cub fans are laughable compared to the way it used to be.
Plus, my drawing sucked.
Here's the first page:
Yeah, it was that year.
On December 9th, 1993 Andre Dawson signed as a free agent with the Red Sox, while Greg Maddux signed with the Atlanta Braves.
Andre was on his way down, but he was still an absolute god.
Greg Maddux had just won 20 games the year before, and he was going...the other way.
Here's the next page.
Ryno was gone with a pitch-mangled wrist, and...
...Shawon Dunston's back went out.
The season hadn't even begun, and you already knew there was just no chance.
- More from the journal (I was laughing out loud at some of these names):
"My favorite game has got cancer.
The owners got together last year and dumped the commissioner.
Free agents moved all over the place.
They're gonna expand the championship series and have some sort of playoffs with wild-card teams.
Supposed to make baseball more exciting.
According to the Trib, here's how the Cubs shape up:
Pitchers - 4 starters (Harkey's on the DL) - Mike Morgan (our ace?), Jose Guzman, Greg Hibbard, and Frankie Castillo.
Bullpen lefties - Randy Meyers (the closer?), Dan Plesac, Paul Assenmacher, Chuck McElroy, and righty Bob Scanlan.
Dave Smith, the wasted trade that cost the Cubs millions, is supposedly throwing well.
I saw him swilling double vodkas at 2AM the night before a game last year...
Infielders: Mark Grace, Jose Viscaino, Rey Sanchez, Steve Buechele, and Tommy Shields.
Outfield: Derrick May (huge hopes), Candy Maldonado (how embarrassing - who'd we trade to get this guy? I used to heckle him mercilessly.), Willie Wilson (last legs), Sammy Sosa, and my man Dwight Smith.
Catchers: Rick Wilkins and Steve Lake (an ex-Cub player/coach really)."
Pretty hilarious, especially how I felt about a new playoff system that would include wild-card teams.
But the stuff about the Cubs?
All our complaining today, all our worrying...
Today's Cubs are a staggering leap from what they once were.
Yes, I understand how the times, money, the fans and the club have all changed.
And '93 is pretty irrelevant.
I'm just sayin'.
By the way, later in the journal, on May 2nd, Ryno came back from the wrist and went 3 for 4.
By the beginning of June, I'd already lost interest and quit the journal.
The Cubs finished in 4th place with a winning record of 84 wins and 78 losses.
Greg Maddux led the league in complete games (8), and ERA (2.36).
And on July 7th, Reds pitcher Tom Browning "left the dugout in Wrigley Field and went to watch the game from the roof of the three-story building on Sheffield Avenue! He was later fined $500 by Major League Baseball for his unusual behavior." (Baseball Almanac)
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