The wonderful enthusiasm of Cub fans across the world
Looking through the comments and the Shout Box, it's pretty awesome to read so many views by so many Cub fans. And no viewpoint is exactly the same as any other. It's kind of like Lou Piniella making a lineup - over 162 games, more than a few will closely resemble the others, but some lineups seemingly come from outer space.
Just in the past few days, we've seen some of these contributions from readers:
- Forget about Peavy - Angel Guzman is the wave of the future!
- Adam Dunn is fat and slow, but he has a tremendous OPS and can spell D.Lee against tough lefties.
- Mike Fontenot is a 25-30 HR hitter who just needs a chance to play the game on a daily basis.
- Trading for Jake Peavy will mean nothing to a team that desperately needs at least one more left handed bat regularly in the lineup.
- If it means upgrading the offense and building a better balance in the lineup, then the Cubs could survive a season with Jason Marquis as the #5 pitcher on the team.
- The Cubs can do two things - they can give Pie his shot in center by platooning him with Reed Johnson while moving Fukudome to RF, or they can put the Fooky in CF, move DeRosa to RF, and let Fontenot get some more hacks at 2B. This is a perfectly acceptable offense if Jake Peavy is mowing them down from the rotation.
- Soriano is fine and good when he can prey on the shoddy pitching of a 162 game season, but the Cubs desperately need a leadoff LHB.
- Because they don't need him, Peavy shouldn't be so costly. The Cubs should be able to acquire Peavy, along perhaps with Raffy Furcal at the cost perhaps of Theriot, Pie, Cotts, Cedeno, Marshall, and Marquis - especially if the Cubs can get Khalil Greene in the process. This contribution should be called the At Any Cost suggestion as the contributor acknowledges it would put the Cubs over-budget, and also they should go back and grab Wood.
- Didn't the Cubs just re-sign Dempster? Why get Peavy when the team desperately needs to fix the effin' offense? The Cubs need a switch-hitting leadoff man, and if Marquis is really such a crappy option maybe they can sign Randy Johnson.
- Micah Hoffpauir could hit 30 homeruns in a season and should be an option for the Cubs - altho' hitting 30 homers wouldn't make him a superstar.
- The Cubs should con the Orioles out of Brian Roberts, who would be an ideal leadoff hitter. Adam Dunn should be signed, but only to serve as a spot/bench player, and Randy Johnson winning his 300th game as a Cub would be cool.
- Forget pitching! Pitching did nothing for the Cubs in '03, '04, or '08. Stick with Marquis or an Iowonian and grab a serious RF bat.
- Pretty much every World Championship team has a very balanced lineup of righties and lefties. It's even more important than having 5 strong pitchers.
- The Cubs don't need Peavy. They can, however, unload Marquis (for $1 if necessary) and give Angel Guzman his fair shot. (This comment was made by the same Goat Reader as the first comment). If Theriot can't play better defense, Furcal should replace him. Fukudome deserves another chance, but maybe he can also be dealt for a long reliever and replaced by Bobby Abreu. Forget Roberts - Fontenot and DeRosa are both better. Perhaps Marquis and Felix Pie could be dealt to the Pirates for Nate McClouth.
- Old Style sucks.
- DeJesus of the Royals is not only a great trade mate, but he's a leadoff choice to boot!
- Colin is nuts for stumping for Teahen.
- Orlando Hudson is defensively gold!
And so on. Hell, there are a lot of them.
For the most part, I try not to really do a lot of trade speculation, and here's why: you could be Peter Gammons having a conversation with Steve Phillips about trade possibilities and values. You could call up the guys who run Baseball America, correlate their opinions with the gentlemen who run Baseball Prospectus, and even throw in the opinions of the knowledgeable folks at Baseball Toaster and regardless of the trade you'd suggest and your logic behind it you'd still come off looking like a total, hopeless tool without a smidgen of real baseball knowledge.
But I truly appreciate the enthusiasm of our readers who are tossing about so many ideas that I can't possibly keep up with them. Which isn't to say I'm not going to try. Tomorrow, like the guy who canceled Christmas, I'm going to tackle most of the trade suggestions offered by our readers and I'm going to shoot them down in a blaze of hell and fury. And then, like the guy who woke up on Christmas morning relieved to still be alive and hungry for a Christmas turkey, I'll write about how they just might work... in a blaze of hell and fury. It should be a can't miss article, so don't miss it. See you tomorrow.