You remember the All-Star game thing, right?
No shakey handsey with Marlon after his awesome defensive play?
Votto said this later: "I don't like the Cubs. And I'm not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I'm really glad we got the win today."
Still, I'm pretty sure Marlon Byrd would actually have nothing bad to say about Joey Votto. This was a buncha nothin' and I'm guilty of piling on top of nothin' because there's nothin' goin' on right now. In fact, as I write this post Joey Votto hasn't even officially been named the MVP, but I'm 99% certain that'll happen when they announce today at 2pm.
But since Joey's a left-handed power hitting first baseman, what he does do is remind me that oh yeah, the Cubs don't even have a first baseman right now.
If you go to Cubs.com, this is what you'll see on the depth chart:
See, Micah Hoffpauir took a job with a Japanese team called Nippon Ham Fighters (Wittenmyer here).
And Jeff Baker is... well I've never figured it out. Who IS Jeff Baker and how did his name get on that depth chart?
Apparently we'll have to wait until Jim Hendry can dump even more salary over the winter, which means figuring out what to do with Fukudome, Zambrano, and Silva. And then we'll see who the Cubs can afford for a first baseman. Names that have come up include Adam Dunn, Adrian Gonzales, Adam LaRoche, and of course Aaron Miles is always gettable.
Whatever they do my hope is that Tyler Colvin would remain a right fielder and if he does play first it's because of some on-the-field emergency, or maybe it's the 7th inning and Cubs are up by 14 against Pittsburgh.
And now it's almost Thanksgiving and another Detroit Lions game, this one vs. New England.
Should be AWESOME!