The early reports on Cubs manager Dale Sveum were pretty much the same.
Now that we've had the small sample of 31 games to watch him and listen to his post game stuff, what do you think?
Those early reports seem pretty spot on.
And his promise of "not running a base out isn't okay" has been kept for the most part.
Perform and you get to play.
Carlos Marmol - he obviously hasn't given up on him, right?
He gave him a fair shot, and did what he had to do, and my own hope is that Marmol can forget about the pressure of being a closer and thrive as a set up guy.
We'll see what happens with Kerry Wood and how long a leash he's got, but I don't imagine anyone's really got immunity.
The aggressive baserunning has been effective and fun to watch (despite Castro's not-in-the-parker yesterday).
Last year and thoughout the spring, I thought Tony Campana was like...an entertaining sideshow.
The bearded lady.
The baby with 3 heads floating in formaldehyde.
And I think if he's on any other team, that's how he'd be treated.
But he's thriving in this environment, and while he's obviously a hard working kid, I think props should go to Sveum for bringing out the best in Tony.
The same with Bryan LaHair and... Jeff Samardzija!
I mean, something made that guy's "good" switch click on, right?
Like tons of Cub fans right now and especially considering our expectations, I'm a little more than pretty happy with this team.
Young, hungry, playing hard, no real distractions but the flu.
They're in last place and I'm having fun.
Mr. Sveum, keep your key right where it is, because good things are happening.