Since I last posted, the Ricketts family took over ownership of our beloved Chicago Cubs. Love their stance on looking at the Cubs from their owner seats the same way they would have if they still owned bleacher seats. Someone like that will hopefully help convince them to put a little more money into a deal here and there than they may have done otherwise if they didn’t have an emotional attachment to the team. On the flip side, hopefully they have plenty of people helping them deal with their heads when necessary and not always their hearts. Need to make sure the deals they make are strategically sound business wise and baseball wise.
I mean think about how fans treat fantasy baseball drafts. Most of us go after the big names and load our team the best way we can. Often we take guys we enjoy rooting for and do so on the field in real life and in the fantasy fields. We can’t have owners wanting the best for our Cubs but not thinking soundly the way we need those running the show to do. People with a passion for the ball club and dreams of the team finally winning again is a plus and I’m happy we don’t have folks who are only in it for the dollars they can make in the long run. And if you don’t know much about them, check out this interview with them here conducted by the Chicago Tribune:
That said, I think Wells got ripped off and should be the NL ROY. (See what I mean about making decisions with your heart and not your head?) Still, Wells had a great year, kept the Cubs in the thick of the NL Central and wild card berth races, longer than they could’ve hoped for without him. No one expected to need such a contribution from Wells this year but we did. With his help, we hung in there through the middle of September and kept things interesting. Interesting doesn’t win you hardware though. Numbers and results do. That right there is the problem.
Zambrano won the Silver Slugger award once again, but really, who is his competition? Any other pitchers out there looking to go deep during BP? I think not. Zambrano can enjoy making more room on a mantle for all of his silver bats. We need him to start a new wing for some pitching awards if we’re going to end up on top any time soon.
Bradley is still a Cub and I’m not sure how much longer that will remain as such. If we can’t move him, I think he’ll be a sore spot on a team with a lot of potential once again and we can’t have that. I think his numbers would be better but his head and mouth would remain the same. My guess anyway. And we can’t have that. Have to trade him and see what we can get. And Granderson? I guess that’s cool, but I don’t know, it doesn’t really get my blogging juices flowing.
Anyone else excited or upset about anything going on with the Cubs since the World Series ended? Excited about any free-agent filings? Have a Cubs holiday shopping list you’d like to share? Does it involve Holliday? Please feel free to share. With Halloween over, Thanksgiving on it’s way….winter meetings will be here before you know it. ‘Tis the season.
(Oh yeah…and ex-Cub Sammy Sosa’s getting lighter. Ok. I guess there have been some things going on).
Go Cubs Go!