This will be my last article about the 2010 Chicago Cubs (unless a manager is hired); it is time to put them to bed for the year. What have we learned from another season of futility?
The Chicago Cubs did well under Lou Piniella in previous seasons, but something was wrong. They got swept in all of the postseason series that they played.
This year, it was obvious to me Piniella didn’t have his usual fire, and it resulted in a lot of bad decisions. My wife theorized he was ill. It turned out his mom was.
The Cubs’ failures this year should be put at the feet of management. Piniella should have been gone long before he was, as should have Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano may have won a few games and gone through anger management counseling, but he is still a prima donna.
It seems that Chicago teams in many sports have trouble changing, making timely adjustments, and the Cubs illustrated it again this year.
As a fa,n I saw this year the same thing I see every year, except it was worse. Players couldn’t hit or play defense. Pitchers were uneven.
The Chicago Cubs’management cannot pick talent. We seem to have a problem with scouting.
Are we destined for the same thing next year?
I think the Cubs have one chance to turn things around. That chance is Mike Quade. The Cubs need young players who can be motivated. They need someone who can lead them, someone who understands the mind before it becomes inundated with the curses and legends that are the Chicago Cubs.
I believe the Cubs Organization is somewhat arrogant. They can afford to be. Over 3 million fans graced Wrigley Field with their presence, and now the organization is lowering the salary list.
The Cubs have always been run like a business, and that is why we haven’t won in a century.
I tip my hat to the 2010 version of the Chicago Cubs to say goodbye. If you want to be honest, they once again ripped the fans off; if you want to consider the team a product, the Cubs gave fans stale bread.
As I always say: “Until the fans start hitting the Cubs’ Organization where it hurts, the pocketbook, they won’t get a winner.”
Now we have to suffer through the Bears’ season. Will it ever end?