A tumultuous week, personally; a glimmer of hope for the rest of us
Matt Snyder over at AOL Fanhouse made an interesting point the other day. During their initial podcast, he (as their resident Cubs fan) was asked if the Cubs can get back into the NL Central race.
He noted that the question he was asked included the word "can", which he took to mean "is it possible"? Well, all you have to do is look to your right to see that, as of this morning, it says "2.5" for us under the "GB" column, and since this is July, and not September 30th, it is quite numerically possible for the Cubs to win the NL Central. So he said yes, they can. But then Matt continued to say that if the question he was posed was a bit different, if he had been asked "will they" instead of "can they", he would have said "no", because the Cubs have not at any point in this season resembled a champion in anything.
This is all I have ever said on here the past two months, that the Cubs I have been watching day in and day out lack fundamentals, can't hit worth a damn, the manager has been sitting on his hands, and appearing confused, and the GM keeps making excuses while picking up the dregs of the rest of the league. Most, if not nearly all of you, have taken offense to me saying the same thing Matt is, which has disappointed me greatly.
I would have expected a bit more respect for a guy who has been watching the Cubs for 40 years now, and at least knows good baseball from bad baseball, and the baseball I have seen so far in 2009 has been bad. Many of you have leaned on the "early" crutch, as in "it's early, we're only 2.5 games out, we can do it". And I said, yes, we can, but that doesn't mean we will, because I have seen no evidence that the Cubs possess the character to do so.
But, at least, most of you were decent enough to not make this a personal issue. While I shake my head sadly for all of you who come out here for another glass of Kool Aid, at least if you came here and said "I'm sick of hearing Rob complain, he bums me out," well, that's a valid opinion, and I have no right to tell you what to feel. Point taken.
But then there's others who have suggested that I kill myself.
Look, you miserable drops of monkeyjizz...it really isn't fair, first of all, to come after me like that. My hands are tied. We made a pact here on GROTA, some time ago, that we would not make personal attacks in public. Yes, last week, it got pretty damn personal around here, with some of us in one corner, and some in the other corner, but at least we were decent enough to e-mail each other to express our anger. We didn't fight it out here. We understand that there are real boundaries in the world. There is the world out here that you all see, there is the next lower level - e-mails, which is somewhat private, and at the same time, direct and, not anonymous. Then there is REAL life, where a man stands before another man, and names will never hurt me, but sticks and stones and fists and kicks can break my bones.
But,there were no suggestions I take my own life, just suggesting I walk away from blogging on here. So, e-mail was the appropriate avenue for such things. It was a way for us to air our grievances, without standing next to one another, where human nature might have caused one or the other of us to do something we might have regretted. We agreed to disagree, and I believe the worst is behind us.
Funny thing is, though, it all relates to the small minority of you who sit there in your safe anonymity, in your mom's basement or whatever, and suggest I hang myself. See, once upon a time, I had my own blog, and I made the mistake of expressing a few of my liberal viewpoints, which were followed by two separate, distinct threats on my life! I felt that the other day we were inadvertently going down a similar path, because God forbid you ever ever refer to race, creed, religion, gender, or orientation on the internets. Fact is, considering some people's recent suggestions, along with encountering some ACTUAL violence last weekend in Chicago - I've been spooked out lately. But, I did not do the best job of expressing my concerns, which led to our own little personal apocalypse.
But finally, with all the background out of the way, let's deal with my business now, shall we? I do not have the ability to fire back at you on a one-to-one basis out here, nor is this the place for it. This is a Cubs blog, and here we will talk about the Cubs, and only the Cubs. At the present moment, they have won three in a row, A-Ram comes back Monday, and Ryan Freel, Neal Cotts, and Aaron Miles are no longer taking up space in our clubhouse. Frankly, all of that isn't quite enough to change my mind personally, but Cubs stock hasn't been this high in a while, and hopefully July will turn out to be a big month for all of us, and we will cover it ALL in gory and graphic detail, right here on GROTA, with Series Previews, Game Casts, Game Recaps, and our own observations, as well as our continuing Cubs 101 series, brought to you by the fine folks at Coast-to-Coast Tickets.
So if you persist on making suggestions that I do harm to myself, I suggest that you do the manly thing, and e-mail me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because I gotta tell you, I'm NOT going to kill myself. If you want me dead, you're gonna have to come out and do it for me. I'll tell you where and when to find me, and I'll be waiting for you, all 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds of me, along with transcripts of the e-mails, and a guy with a videocamera, so he can take all the footage of me beating the living piss out of you and post it on YouTube for the rest of us to laugh at. Because I'm totally sick of your s**t, and if you keep invading my boundaries, if you're gonna talk the talk, walk the walk.