Remember when the World Series would end and you wouldn't hear squat about baseball until Spring?
Well, baseball's top of mind right about now, and it yanks you both ways - the agony of losing a player you really like, and the ecstasy of possibly getting an amazing new talent.
I was in a cab the other day, thinking about it. The Cubs are talking about maybe being able to get Curtis Granderson? That's kind of a no-brainer. Lead-off centerfielder with a glove and a bat AND supposedly great in the clubhouse?
GET HIM NOW.
But that's when you realize maybe Reed Johnson's the odd guy out - I mean yeah he's got alot more pop than Sam Fuld, but why couldn't Sam back up Curtis for alot less cash?
Sam's got an awesome glove too.
But I've invested so much of my Cub Fan soul into Reed Frickin' Johnson. He's cool, he plays with pain, he's fearless and a fabulous team mate, he made the best catch I think I've ever seen. Hell, we'd probably be buddies if he liked Budweiser alot or I was an amazing professional athlete.
This is why it's hard right about now.
Milton Bradley? I don't even care to discuss it. Get rid of the guy and anything you can get will...how can I put this? Anything the Cubs can get for him - even if it's just a new Gatorade cooler - will be worth it just so I never have to experience that angst I felt all last season ever again.
Really. I don't care. Just make him go away.
Now the other guy I'm concerned about is Rich Harden. I put a link to a Yahoo Sports story in comments the other day, and the story (by a guy named Mark J. Miller) claimed Rich "doesn't have much interest in returning to Chicago since he supposedly felt overused and suffered from some poor defensive play by..."
See, here at Cubby Blue all we've got is me and you, and I'm not a pro. You don't see a Yahoo Sports logo anywhere here, right? So I think you cut me some slack when I mess up a quote or when a game's being played. One thing I do to make sure you know I'm going with my gut rather than flipping thru web pages to find an actual quote or story is this: I use words like "supposedly".
Which is exactly what Mr. Miller (you'd assume a pro, right?) used in the middle of his Yahoo Sports story: "supposedly felt overused".
Do you actually believe he said that?
Some of you pointed out that he was actually treated with kid gloves... Anyway, I like Rich Harden and hope he comes back. I cannot imagine that he actually said anything remotely like that. Well, maybe the part about the "poor defensive play..."
But anyway, I forgot to tell you. There are about 100 teams who are TOTALLY interested in supposedly acquiring Milton Bradley. Some of them just might be in the American League. The others might all be in the National League's East or West. Don't forget, he's also one of those athletes who could just decide to go play badminton, or chess maybe. That's what I heard one time.