Well, some reporter started it.
I didn't even want to say anything.
But now it's a thing.
What does this evaluation of Dale Sveum really mean?
Is the timing significant?
Especially since Joe Girardi's contract with the Yankees expires at the end of this season?
At first I thought man, give Sveum a break.
No matter what you think of his moves during a game, think of all the crap he's had to work with.
All the patching.
All the patience.
But...I've been pretty busy - I didn't even know about Girardi's contract til a couple days ago (thanks Bob).
That's the guy I was hoping for in the first place, and I'll bet (other than Ryno) he was at the top of your list too.
Here's a Theo Epstein quote from right after he was hired (and I wrote this down by hand so hopefully it's exact): "I don't agree with the word "rebuilding" ever. Because, for one thing, it denotes that you're building something that already existed. But that's not how baseball works. You're constantly growing and moving onto the next iteration of the club. So I think "building" is the appropriate word."
Oh wait, here it is (dated Jan 31 2012 on MLB.com).
That part that goes "You're constantly growing and moving onto the next iteration of your club" is what kinda jumps out right now.
And I say hey man, if they can get Girardi?
Sign me up.
Even if it feels like the rawest of deals for Sveum.
To be clear, this whole thing, while it isn't just a buncha hooey, is SO not the most important thing going on with the Cubs.
But since Girardi won't talk about his contract situation til the season's over, I'm sure we'll be talking about it til then.
The 3:05 Braves game today is Travis Wood's 2nd to last start - he'll face the Cardinals next Thursday - and I sure hope he ends up with a couple more wins.
Right now he's 9-11, so there's an outside possibility that he ends up .500.
Either way, he's been one of the few really nice stories from this season.