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GASHWOUND
09-27-2001, 07:34 AM
Looks like Jay has a change of heart on his little cubbies LMAO!!!!
Here is today's column


MARIOTTI SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
The manager exudes the energy of a soggy dishrag. Leads are botched, throws are dropped, breaking balls are hung. The pitchers self-destruct when the hitters are on, the hitters struggle when the pitchers are on. It all computes to an inevitable refrain, the demise of the Cubs, who will not win the World Series for the 93rd consecutive season and continue to be one of the few constants in a changing world.
This time, they just waited a little longer to write the Dear John letter.
Wipe the whipped cream off your face, remove the itching powder from your shorts. Cubdom, you've been suckered by a prank more maddening than usual. For months, a cool, little team pranced around like a real contender, riding waves of exceptional pitching and the smoking bat of Sammy Sosa. But a closer look should have revealed the gradual cracking of an overachiever, doomed to fall to earth and assume a truer identity. The Cubs were an above-average outfit all along, nothing more, and if they aren't careful during these final days, they still might suffer an indignity more painful than an Augie Ojeda at-bat.
They might finish with a worse record than the White Sox.
Trigger fingers can twitch with many targets in mind, including resident bossman Andy MacPhail, whose good work to lift the Cubs into contention was offset by a series of summer moves that proved middling. But at the moment, all I can do each night is stare in the dugout at the uninspiring presence of Don Baylor. Like earlier in the season, he isn't to be blamed for personnel failings caused by injuries and a lack of quality depth. What bothers me lately, though, is his demeanor.
He's limp. He's passionless. He looks like he misses too many naps. The other day in Houston, when the Cubs were sabotaged by a weird chip shot off the scoreboard that was called a home run, Baylor did not spend nearly enough time or effort arguing the decision. This was a typical defining moment for the Cubs, who are cursed by such interludes like no other team in sports, and you expected Baylor to follow the umpires all the way to their gate at the airport. But the sequence came and went, leaving the Cubs to mope instead of raising hell. Managers have been more important than normal in establishing a clubhouse tone down the stretch, given the events of Sept. 11. With heads foggy and spirits lagging, the finest managers are reminding players why it's critical to maintain focus and keep winning. If legions of rescue workers can work nonstop in the New York rubble, a multimillion-dollar baseball player should have no problem remembering the number of outs.
But Julian Tavarez forgot on the mound during the ill-fated Pittsburgh series, one of many lapses that have haunted the Cubs since the tragedy. While players are grown men who should know better, the manager is responsible for their alertness. In St. Louis, where the Cardinals are primed to win the National League wild-card berth and make autumn noise, Tony La Russa challenged his players their first day back. He had no time for whiners or quitters, not after something as monumental as terrorist attacks. "Someone will qualify for October,'' he said. "Why not us?''
Baylor made no such speeches. He quietly presided over loss after crippling loss--Kyle Farnsworth's blown two-run lead in Cincinnati, the Houston scoreboard farce, the back-to-back Pittsburgh fiascos--and sounded like he was waving a white flag after the 13-1 stinker Tuesday. When Baylor needed to provide an inspirational spark, he instead slogged through a borderline concession speech. "You can either go home with a good feeling about the things you accomplished, or some winters you go home with a bitter taste in your mouth that you didn't finish what you started,'' he said. "We cannot finish the season on a down note.''
Not that the Cubs had enough talent to overcome any managerial sluggishness. The downfall has turned out to be pitching, proving that MacPhail erred in not acquiring a starter at the trade deadline. While St. Louis counterpart Walt Jocketty was stealing Woody Williams, who has been throwing complete games night after night, MacPhail was trading starter-in-waiting Ruben Quevedo for David Weathers, who has been inconsistent in relief. It figures Quevedo has fared well in Milwaukee.
Yes, MacPhail is to be lauded for being aggressive and making deals. It's just that the ones he made haven't been wildly successful. Fred McGriff has had his moments, but he wasn't the over-the-top firecracker who could will the Cubs to the playoffs. Coincidence or not, the club has sputtered since Crime Dog arrived. He might want to clap his hands and shout every so often, just to remind us he cares. For a man who is 37 and seen it all, he sure spends a lot of idle time complaining about old news, such as Baylor's concerns that McGriff wasn't adjusting well to day baseball. He says he's leaning toward approving an option to return next season for $7.25 million. Few Cubs fans are cheering, knowing the money would be better spent elsewhere.
Michael Tucker has been so-so. Delino DeShields has been wishy-washy. So far, Corey Patterson is not even the next Damon Buford, much less the next Ken Griffey Jr. MacPhail tried to make the playoffs with wishbones and castoffs. Didn't work.
Now we have to wonder if the Cubs have as bright a future as Chip Caray routinely suggests. "The Cubs Convention will be full of smiles,'' Chipper oddly keeps saying about the winter festival. First, MacPhail must decide if he'll remain the general manager--here's hoping he does--or turn over the position to untried Jim Hendry. Then MacPhail and his Tribune Co. brethren have to decide if they'll spend money for free agents amid a shaky American economy, a weak advertising climate at the Tower and labor uncertainty in baseball. My guess is, they'll pull back on the reins and enter the 2002 season, assuming there is one, with basically the same roster. That means the Cubs won't be as good as Houston or St. Louis, ballclubs with young cornerstones and great futures. In a perfect world, the Cubs would sign a major starting pitcher, another run-producer and a leadoff hitter such as Johnny Damon.
We're dreaming, of course.
Tonight isn't the time to bum out, not with Wayne Messmer belting out the anthem and tears spilling during a poignant tribute to the 9/11/01 victims. But clearly, this has been one of Cubdom's most exasperating experiences. They were teasing all along, from early April to late September. Next time, they can swoon in June.
It's much easier to swallow.
September 27, 2001
:)

Chisox353014
09-27-2001, 09:57 AM
Classic Moron. Leap off the bandwagon while saying "I told you so" at the same time! Even though if you read the article cheeses posted yesterday, he clearly thought the Flubs would be in the playoffs. LOL And of course he managed to fulfill the 2 basic requirements of any Moron article:
Kneel before Sammy and praise him, and take an undeserving shot at the White Sox.

cheeses_h_rice
09-27-2001, 10:02 AM
Capitulation.

Is there any finer word in a Cub fan's dictionary?

Nellie_Fox
09-27-2001, 11:22 AM
Originally posted by GASHWOUND
The Cubs were an above-average outfit all along, nothing more, and if they aren't careful during these final days, they still might suffer an indignity more painful than an Augie Ojeda at-bat.
They might finish with a worse record than the White Sox.:)

Notice that he still has to get in a slam at the Sox. However, that has been my sole remaining hope for the season, that the Sox will end up with a better record than the Cubs. Still within reach.