With Reed We Will Succeed?
It's amazing what a difference a few extra words mean.
In all the daily Chicago newspapers, overshadowing the pathetic Pirate sweep, lead stories picked up on Ted Lilly's choice of undergarment yesterday. Namely, a t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "With Reed We Will Succeed". I made the mistake of first reading the Sun-Times article, which states that Reed gave the shirt to Lilly. Self Serving, much? But doing due diligence, I checked GoatFriend Paul Sullivan, who noted that Reed was given the t-shirt by a flight attendant, and, embarrassed to wear it himself, gave it to Lilly, known for his lack of pretense when it comes to free stuff. Much different story there.
So, even in the face of a miserable performance, the Cubs clubhouse is once again a harmonious home for our wayward jock heroes.
My question today to you, Cub fans and Goat readers: is the fact that Ted Lilly wants Reed back, and presumably other teammates do, too. Is this enough?
In my mind, Reed does not add anything significantly that Fukudome doesn't already have, and in fact is not a great deal better than Sam Fuld - except his batting average with runs in scoring position. I mean, Fuld has played in over 60 games without an RBI?? For all you Fuld Fanz, let me break this to you gently...Sam sucks! I know he plays hard. Hey, I can find you ten guys in the aisle next to me that will run full-out for the major league minimum. Doesn't make them major league ballplayers.
So the fact that Reed Johnson isn't substantially better than Sam Fuld tells me that it is wasted money if you pay him much more than the minimum. Great guy, probably. Nice 25th man. His teammates love him. Is that a good enough reason to keep him? Or would you rather have Hoffpauir and Fox, two guys who are nearly the same player, will hit .250, hit double-digit home runs?
Johnson, Fox, or Hoffpauir. Pick two of the above for 2010. Or one or none, if you wish. We don't have room for three, unless you are planning on starting one of them. And if you are, then we are in big, big trouble.