Every once in awhile, when my head is spinning from all the crazy change going on with the Cubs, I have to stop and think.
To ask myself why.
Why are the Cubs just getting rid of everybody and replacing them with younger guys who might end up injured or simply turn into Gary Scott?
One reason is last year we had to watch those guys in the drawing.
Doug Davis...Rodrigo Lopez...Ramon Oritiz...
Carlos Silva never made it to the team.
Neither did Todd Wellemeyer or Braden Looper.
But think about that - those guys coulda been pitching for the Cubs too!
When Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells went down, remember what happened?
I have learned that the way my brain works is to suppress pain.
It goes out of it's way to kill memories that make me uncomfortable.
Wasn't there a guy named Thomas Diamond?
Yeah, that guy.
Wasn't he the best guy in the Cubs minor league system?
And then, well there wasn't really anybody else, was there.
In the whole freaking system.
They tried Casey Coleman, and tried to make a starter out of James Russell.
But in the end, Jim Hendry had to reach pretty far down to find the guys with maybe a gasp left and pray that they'd get him through the season.
Now, not saying those days are over - injuries and crazy stuff happens all the time, and you need old hacks to attempt to eat innings once in awhile.
But wouldn't it be nice if the Cubs brought up a guy from their own farm system and he was actually good?
Doesn't it always seem like some kid from some other team makes his first start against the Cubs and...what's the word?
I'd like to see a Cub, a legitimate rookie Chicago Cub, come up for his first game and stymie.