Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Game Recap: Brewers 12, Cubs 6 - the Quitting Continues

I truly love it when Cub fans quit on their team during every rough patch.  Rather than beat around the bush, I will directly ask the question that needs to be asked:

What the hell is the matter with you people?

There has never been a team in the history of the game that didn't look like fumbling idiots at least once in a while during a long season.  Even the 1906 Cubs - winners of 116 games - had a 2 and 4 stretch early in the season, went 1-4 between May 19th and May 24th and went 2-4 between July 19th and July 24th.  And they won 116 games!!!  They won more games than any other team in the history of baseball and over the collected span of close to a month of baseball they played like dirt.  And if you don't have the stomach to watch a team lose games badly then go follow inter-murals, brother.  You'll never experience joy from a baseball season because you're too high strung.

So, let's take a look at today's reason for why people are quitting the team. 

Ryan Dempster.  17 game winner.  Multi-millionaire.  Bad luck pitcher who can't string together wins.  Dempster pitched into the 7th today, which is good, he struck out 9, which is better, but he gave up 7 hits and 3 walks which is bad.  Consequently he walked away with the loss.  But the real story is the bullpen.

Here's the funny thing.  I don't think the Cubs pen is actually all that bad.  The problem is that they've got two or three guys who really don't belong there and aren't even the best choices to be there to begin with.  Those three guys - Neal Cotts, Dave Patton, and Chad Fox, three guys who certainly will not be on the team by the time July rolls around - combined to surrender 6 earned runs.  Had that not happened, then the Cubs would actually have had enough offense to possibly win the game.

I mean, really, the Cubs offense was there last night.  They scored 6 runs off of 12 hits, including a 5 for 12 night from the 3 members of the Q4 who played.  Every regular but Theriot collected at least one hit, and every regular but Soriano and Scales got on base at least twice.  The offense was there.  The bullpen was not.

So, here's the deal.  If you think that pitchers like Chad Fox, Neal Cotts, and Dave Patton will still be around blowing leads into June and July, then you're right.  The Cubs are doomed. 

If you think that starters Milton Bradley, Geovany Soto, Mike Fontenot, and Derrek Lee will combine to bat below .200 all year long, then you're right.  The Cubs won't reach the playoffs.

But since the Cubs won't be using relievers who suck all year long, and since the Q4 are in fact much better than their numbers convey, then I think we can agree that quitting on the Cubs is a pretty stupid take to have.

I've said this before and I'll say it now.  If the players quit as easily as some of you do, then you would be outraged.  You would be furious.  I'm sad to see that some of you don't hold yourselves to the same standard that you'd hold the people actually playing the games.

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e-nuf said

[edit] Season summary
The Cubs got off to a poor start after the first two months of the season, posting a 22-29 record going into a home series against the Atlanta Braves during the first weekend after Memorial Day. Derrek Lee led a players only meeting on May 30 attempting to turn around the teams poor performance.[9] On the Friday start at Wrigley, Carlos Zambrano took the mound and the Cubs fell behind 7-1, including allowing five runs (four earned) in the fifth inning.[10] Included in the inning was a passed ball and throwing error by catcher Michael Barrett.[10] An altercation ensued between the pitcher and catcher in the dugout, in full view of the television camera crews.[10] Zambrano was pulled from the game after the scuffle in which he gave up thirteen hits and had zero strikeouts, and Barrett was replaced by backup Koyie Hill.[10]
Going into the last week of the season, the Cubs won ten of twelve games and had a three game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. However, the Cubs dropped three in a row to the Florida Marlins, a team that the Cubs did not win a single game against during the whole season. Meanwhile, the Brewers lost two out of three, hurting their chance at taking over the top of the division. On September 28, thanks to a Cubs 6-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds and a Brewers 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, the Cubs clinched the N.L. Central division.

Thanks to 2007 cubs season Wikipedia

I remember the '07 season.

I remember the '07 season. The day Lou was ejected I wrote that GROTA was about a week away from raising the white flag on the '07 campaign. By the end of the year I concluded that I'd reacted brashly ... and that was a year in which I'd waited until the Cubs had played more than 50 games and were at one point 7 games under .500.

I guess people shouldn't be surprised then when I get ticked because we've got readers who want to quit on them while they're playing with a winning record. Give me a break.

I Agree

That is what I don't like about the "new age" Cub fan, no sense of history. I mean we are only talking about 2 years ago. What would they have done in the 70's when the way the Cub's are playing now was considered promising. Because you knew the minute you quit drinking the blue kool-aid this was a good as it was going to get.

Great Post!

Sorry this comment is a little late, I've been away for a couple days - nonetheless, great post Kurt!! I completely agree 100% with everything you said! Seems to me the Cubs are becoming a 'trendy' team to follow, a la the Red Sox and are attracting the "college frat boy with a backward baseball cap and a pre-frayed brim" fan base. Pre-frayed brims are never good.

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