A little note on competative integrity
Since you have the Internets - and don't lie to me; if you're reading this, you have the Internets - it's possible that you are hearing some grumblings about the facts that Sweet Lou is resting some of his regulars against the Mets, who if you hadn't heard are trying to give a third of New York a stroke. (For once, I approve of what the Mets are doing.)
So, right now the Mets and Brewers are tied up in the Wild Card, with the Mets only a game back on the division-leading Phillies. And the Cubs are in the thick of it, facing the two Wild Card teams down the stretch. (Remember when everyone was warning us about how tough it was going to be, facing the Mets and the Brewers on the road to end the season? Yeah, I still get a chuckle out of that.)
And so there's a suggestion that, in games that could possibly decide the Wild Card and NL East race... maybe, oh, I don't know, Casey McGehee shouldn't be playing?
And I'm sympathetic to this line of thinking, I truly am, mostly because I don't think Casey McGehee should be on the roster at all. (Did you know they still don't consult me when they do these things?) And, to Brewers fans that don't think that Bob Howry should be pitching in close game situations, most Cubs fans will agree with you wholeheartedly.
But here's the thing - worry about what your own overpriced and ineffectual setup man did, not what ours is doing. There are certain perks that come with clinching early, and this is one of them. This probably makes it easier for the Cubs, and harder for some other teams. To the victor goes the spoils and all that.
Now, you could argue that I'm not being honest here, seeing as my arguement is:
- Entirely self-serving.
- Not the one I'd be making if our positions were reversed.
I solve that problem by not caring about it. The playoffs are enough of a crapshoot as-s, and anything that moves the odds in the favor of the Cubs not being blown out in the first round by the JV squad that the Dodgers call a baseball team is a-okay by me.