I've read all of the other blogs, w/ each one claiming to have a cause and a cure for the cubs maladies, and what's even scarier is that I see validity in almost all of them. Peter Gammons talked cubbies last night and said that their offense is in trouble and needs to get it going. I'm glad ESPN is paying him to go out on a limb like that, cause I might not have been so decisive in my analysis. What gems will he have for us tomorrow, "Roger Clemens is Pretty Good". He's more than right, he's "Captain Obvious Right".
And when you're "Captain Obvious Right", you haven't done the Expert Part of your Expert Analysis job. I want to hear what their real problems are, and not from the Cub Blog army, though again, I see validity in all of your arguments, I want someone to come out in the mainstream and tell us something we don't know. This problem is clearly more Systemic than just "The offense needs to get it going" . I dont know if its Hendry, if its Dusty, If its Rothschild, but at some point, the players can only do so much and their has to be some accountability further up the chain. It's like the 9-11 commission that blamed anyone and everyone, except for the bosses of those people.
I don't know where they thought their power was going to come from. Hairston has done decently has a leadoff man, but he's nothing to write home about, and that's all we got out of the Sosa trade. Oh yeah, we "get" to pay most of his salary too. Is anyone else feeling hosed on that one. Is it any coincidence that walker gets injured in the first month of the season and Grudz, now a member of our hated rival has batted for the cycle and makes a web gem at least every other night?
At the beginning of the season, I was much more of an apoligist, saying that if we knew we'd be in this situation in the middle of 2002 we'd take it in a heart-beat, but when you come out of nowhere one season, and fail to back it up, it looks less like dusty being a genious and more like a fluke of titanic proportions. Look at it another way, there are only 6 players left from the '03 team, a team that came within 5 outs of the world series. I know that there's turnover in all pro sports, but that seems a little extreme. Seems like it just needed some tinkering, not an overhaul.
But we can't live in the past and need to move on. That goes for you dusty, move on from "what's worked in the past' cause clearly, its not now.