I guess it's possible, since Theo Epstein didn't actually start Gee-Emming til 2002, that maybe he doesn't know about Wrigley Field's revolving door at 3rd base.
It stopped revolving the year after Theo started, in 2003 with the arrival of Aramis Ramirez.
Ron Santo left the bag in 1973, and that door spun like a top for 30 years.
That little attempt at spinning names at the top of this post was far and away the most repetitively complex gif I've ever done - there were so many names that I gave up on the technique about halfway through. Sorry.
Anyway, that revolving door mighta started up again a couple days ago when the Cubs traded young Tyler Colvin and younger DJ LeMahieu to Colorado for their 3rd baseman Ian Stewart and pitcher Casey Weathers (who I SO hope makes the team one day simply because of that awesome baseball name).
You've all read about his declining stats and the wrist and all that.
You can read Jed Hoyer's quotes about potential and how a change of pace can help a guy - in fact Jed went out of his way to say that about both Stewart and Colvin.
We know Aramis wasn't coming back and you look around at all the available 3rd basemen around the league, you figure no Cub minor leaguer is ready to come up and start, and you think about Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt at third for a whole season and you know what?
Maybe it's not such a bad thing, this Stewart guy.
Or maybe it's the best of a buncha ??? choices - they had to get somebody, right?
So I'm pulling for the guy.
I bet he hustles his butt off too.
If not, I'll have to re-open that gif up top and edit Ian's name in there.
Lastly, Albert Pujols is no longer a Cardinal.
Now St. Louis has to look to Matt Holliday as their stud.
With no Albert for opposing pitchers to worry about, he's gonna have a tougher time with the bat.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gave Albert Pujols two hundred and fifty million dollars to play for them for the next 10 years, when he'll be 41.
Mother of Alfonso, that is one loooong, expensive contract.