Friday, May 26, 2006

Lame Title Here.......

My life is offically in the dumps now. Our Sports Award Banquet was last night and the only thing I have to do now is watch this terrible team we all care about.
I say this because I care so much, but our team will give us nothing in return. I here all this stuff about the team not preforming because this or that, but it does not change the fact the Cubs are the worst team in baseball.
During Dusty Baker's three year term the team has actually gotten worse and not better. Each year the team seems to hit less and less and that is a direct reflection of the coaching staff.
The Cubs the past couple of years had to win games with the long ball and now they can't even do that. At this point, I almost don't care what we do. Obviously, the Cub fans are not going to stop coming to the ball park. This will always hurt us as the Tribune Company sees the Cubs as a cash cow and that will not change. They have spent money, but it takes more than money. It takes that drive to win and that one voice saying we have to win.

Until that day, Keep Hope Alive and maybe they will fire Dusty tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Coaching changes

There were some coaching changes annouced today. An old manager is comging out of retirement. Ah.....I got you, didn't I? The statement above is true, but it has to deal with a local baseball coach here in Southern Arkansas.
I am actually really excited about it, because Coach Long is a big Cub Fan like myself and we have a good time talking about the Cubs.
Now I get to see him in action on the field. I have heard great stories about his coaching, so next year should be fun.
Now if our Cubs could make a move it would make things would be great. It is sad when the best baseball news I can get comes at the high school level.

Maybe we should march or something?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

For the love of baseball make it stop

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Ok, who I am kidding? It is the worst of times without a doubt. The Cubs are in September form in mid-May and things are looking terrible. This team is no fun to watch and it doesn’t look like it will get any better.
I have been busy, so I haven’t been able to see many games and thank goodness for that. I mean it just does not get much worse.
Now what kind of good news can come of this? Well, first it means Dusty might gets canned. Think Houston Astros under Phil Garner, but the Cubs have never been a forward thinking bunch like that.
I throw this question out to you, who would you like to be the next manager?
Here is a list of candidates right now:

Bobby Valentine – This name is probably more if the Cubs go the interim root if they get rid of Dusty. He had some good teams in New York and even went to World Series, something that we can’t seem to do.

Bob Brenley – The last time big Bob came out of the booth, the Diamondbacks became the World Champions. The only problem is that Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling lead the way. They were healthy for an entire year and that is something Kerry Wood and Mark Prior can’t seem to do.

Lou Piniella – Not a name that I am too high on at this point. He had some good teams in Seattle, but never could get over the hump. Then, he took a bad job in Tampa Bay. The one thing that might be good is the fact the Sweet Lou can get angry. This team lacks fire and he could give the Cubs a kick in the pants.

Davey Johnson – Johnson has been out of baseball since getting fired in L.A. in 2000. He does seem to win quite a bit. I am not hot on Johnson either, but at this point I am willing to try anything.

I am sure more names will pop up, but it is time to make a change. Dusty must go, sooner rather than later. I can’t stress that enough DUSTY MUST GO. NOW, DON”T WAIT NOW!!!!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Heart Break

For once I am not talking about the Cubs, but the Cubs have sure given plenty of heart break this week. After a nice solid the start the Cubs have started playing like I thought they would. It may not be the players, but actually Dusty finally showing his true stuff again this week.
Now to my main reason for posting today. As many of you know, I am a sports writer for a small daily paper in the Southern Arkansas. Well, last night I was covering the Class AAAAA State Baseball Tournament and the game ended on a 2-run walk off home run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
The hardest story of the year is writing the one that ends the season.
It was a good game, not great, because there were mistakes on both sides. The heart break comes into play, because I had gotten to know the players this year and to see them lose like that was tough. I am supposed to detached and I am, but you can't help but to feel something. I think too many times journalists shut off feelings.
Last night I knew there was nothing gained from talking to the players or coaches after the loss, because in the large scheme of things it was better to just let them deal with what just happened.
You would think after years of watching the Cubs it would get easier to deal with disappointment. But it never does and that is why we keep coming back to this great game.