This is gonna be a looong time recovering.
I mean, given all the circumstances (most notably the lack of $$ ownership is willing to spend), making changes was the only way to go.
I knew that.
For a really long time now.
And still, it felt so fast and unexpected.
You ever see a movie called "Joe Black"?
Brad Pitt movie, and I remember it because it was one of the first to have such a shocking, realistic car wreck in it.
Scene has stuck with me forever.
That's what it felt like.
I still can't talk about who went for who and what did the Cubs get back.
Don't really want to yet.
But here are a couple quotes that I'll never forget.
August, 2014, Anthony Rizzo said, "If we're going to do anything in the near future, we need to take care of our division first. Because that's how you stay in the race. And you want to be contending this time next year."
Contending next year?
You heard Cubs say things like that before, but in the context of 2014... it had a new feeling to it.
For the first time, you paid attention because it felt real.
And here was a kid who just spoke up like he was the guy who should.
And Kris Bryant.
When he first came to the Cubs and people were like... he's too tall for 3rd base.
Would he consider a different position?
And he said that he was a baseball player, not a 3rd baseman.
The hottest prospect the Cubs ever had, a star already, and he was still team first.
I don't need to tell you how rare that is.
Javy Baez... I know I just put a word of caution about this little dustup with the Reds, but now?
I already miss whatever it was he yelled at Amir Garrett.
Guy has an irreplaceable spirit.
Plus, now it's normal for people to talk about tagging as if it's a special skill.
Nobody ever thought about it before El Mago.
He hit his first homer for the Mets last night.
Anthony Rizzo's got 2 for the Yankees.
Kris Bryant had to take a day to fly across the country after finding out he was traded to San Francisco while standing in a dugout in Washington.
We never got to say good bye.
I'm sure that they'll get a tremendous reaction whenever their new teams come to town, and maybe that'll help.
Because right now I keep looking at the Cubs lineup and thinking what the hell, WHERE ARE OUR GUYS?
I spoke way more than I thought.
Like I said, this'll take some time.