Maybe Cubs GM Jim Hendry suffers from dementia. How else can you explain some of the idiotic things this man has done over the years? In case you are sipping Cubs kool-aid as spring training opens, remember that the Alfonso Soriano contract still has 4 guaranteed years at an average of $18+ million a season. Awesome.
Optimism overflows in Mesa, AZ this time of year, and I won’t have any of it. I like Mike Quade, and I think that he’ll do a hell of a better job than the guy who slept through the last two seasons dreaming of retirement. The players respect Quade, and I’m certain the Cubs will be much improved fundamentally because they have a manager who will actually stress it, and not just pay the process lip service. As usual, the Cubs biggest problem is the man calling the shots.
Here is Jim Hendry’s take on the upcoming season…..”Our expectations, Mike and ours, are the same,” Hendry said. “We fully expect to be in contention in the National League Central. We felt really good about how we played at the end of last year and certainly added a few people that we think will help take that even a step further. Have no doubt that with (Quade) we’ll be leaving camp ready to play good, hard-nosed baseball for 162 games.”
I wonder if by “contention in the National League Central” he means plotting through a 3rd place season? Do you really see this team finishing higher than that? Sure the Cardinals have the Pujols drama that will hang over them all season, but they won’t go away quietly. The Brewers improved themselves, and the Reds are far more talented.
For the sake of discussion, let’s say the Cubs are in contention in September. Should you have confidence in Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, & Andrew Cashner at the back end of the pitching staff? I don’t have confidence in Hendry’s boy Carlos Zambrano, so why would I have faith in that group? Sure, I hope that Cashner becomes a number 2 pitcher, but that’s expecting a lot this year.
I’m rooting for Mike Quade because he is so much more likable than Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella’s corpse. I know that he won’t play the race card, talk about hate mail, & use phrases like “c’mon dude, I’m hard Bake. I know that Quade won’t quit on this team like Piniella did. He will do a solid job because he is an actual manager, not a guy clinging to his reputation. It’s too bad that the idiot he works for has saddled this franchise with toxic contracts that no team will touch. You can blame Hendry for where this Cubs team resides now. Blame the guy who can only bring in players by overpaying like the ass-clown he is. Blame the guy who’s only ability to trade for better players is by raping the Pirates & Marlins when they are in a salary purge. It’s year 103 & counting for the Cubs. Year 104 will come without a division title or a world series ring, but that won’t be the new manager’s fault.
Back to Zambrano for a minute. I’m sure he will come off as a “changed man”, and “a more relaxed Carlos.” I’m positive that you’ll hear nothing but “everything is great stories” from ESPN kiss ass Bruce Levine. To quote Gorilla Monsoon, I don’t trust Zambrano as far far as I could throw him across the street. It’s too bad that Hendry, the jerk-off, gave Little Z a no-trade clause that he has no plans to waive. Super. Can Zambrano put a full season together and not go Jack Nicholson at the first threat of pressure? I have as much faith in him as I do in Jerry Angelo finding a legitimate wide receiver.
You know when you plan to watch the Grammy Awards, it can’t be football season. Shockingly, I have some thoughts from music’s biggest night.
Eminem is the rap game. I don’t care what Lil Wayne says, Marshall Mathers is the best rapper alive. Period.
Rihanna reminded anyone with sight just how much of a fool Chris Brown is.
Lady Gaga continues her “I want to be Madonna show.” Her song ‘Born This Way” is a rip off of Express Yourself. The hair was eerily similar to Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” era ponytail. Somewhere, Kobe Bryant applauded Gaga for being just as big of a biter as he was to MJ.
Speaking of Gag me, the whole arrival in an egg thing was awful. It wasn’t original, it was just weird and ridiculous.
Dr. Dre is still an O.G. His performance was typical Dre. I loved it.
Christina Aguilera looked like a Snooki with a blond wig….only fatter.
This just in, the Celtics own the Heat. Even with the Celtics beat up, the Heat couldn’t beat Boston. LeBron James bricked a free throw in the final seconds which again raises questions about his ability in clutch situations. There was LeBron suckhole Brian Windhorst letting everyone know that last year LeBron was 80% from the line in the last 5 minutes of games within 5 points. This year, he is was at 90% in those situations. What that ass-hat failed to mention was what the percentages are when LeBron’s team is losing games within 5 points with 5 minutes remaining. This is just another example of how ESPN & everyone associated with that horse shit network bows down and deep throats the Queen at every opportunity. I’m sure the Boo-Yaas are already planning on how to spin it if James doesn’t win MVP or when the Heat lose in the playoffs. James’ struggles from the line in late situations when his team is down is why he often passes to lesser teammates with the clock winding down. It really is unfortunate that Derrick Rose could suffer from the ESPN/Jeff Van Gundy/ABC factor. It’s sad, but true. I don’t care what they say, D Rose has been more valuable to his team. And who would you rather have take the last shot between Rose & the Queen? It’s not close.
Did you catch Glen “Big Baby’ Davis’ botched breakaway dunk attempt? Somebody get this kid a trampoline…..
I have to give a shoutout to Joe C for telling me about Surreal and the Sound Providers. Good looking out, Joe C. Take a listen…..
Speaking of music, it’s a travesty that in the year plus that I’ve had this website I haven’t paid homage to Jackson Heights own Mr. Randy Watson. I can’t explain it, so don’t ask for an explanation. So, let’s enjoy the man that you all know as Joe the Policeman, from the “what’s going on” episode of “That’s My Mama.”
God damn that boy can sing.
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