Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pessimism Cat: Real Cubs Fans Hope For Losses

The Chicago Cubs 2011 season has not taken the path for which we hoped. Well, maybe it has. I certainly like when the Cubs win, but I am also a big fan of justice: I like it when bad decisions and hubris lead to failure and punishment — or more importantly, learning and repentance (I'm fine foregoing punishment if the offender makes legitimate change).

The term repent means to admit you're lost, turn around, and then go a different direction. If the Cubs make it to the playoffs — or worse, win the World Series — then the Cubs leadership would essentially be receiving a reward for their mismanagement and obstinately backward ways.

Ailse 424, writing on the Obstructed View Blog, knows this strange pain distinctly — the pain of rooting against your own team:
Meanwhile the fans, and hopefully more of the media will finally notice that Tyler Colvin was sent down to the minors, Brett Jackson isn't anywhere on the horizon, we traded away valuable depth in the organization to acquire a pitcher heading into his most expensive years, Koyie Hill is now getting regular playing time, and the entire roster seems to have had it's extra-base capabilities sucked away by the ravages of time. Perhaps some [follow-up questions from beat writers interviewing the Ricketts] may be coming soon. I won't hold my breath, but I'm certainly more hopeful about that than I am about the Cubs ever reaching the .500 mark again this season.
The Cubs are not a great team this year, and they have only their own management to blame. I'm personally of the opinion that Hendry is a great scout, but if the Cubs want to be legitimate, they need more than just a good scout, they need a great front office.

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9 comments:

  1. I agree 100%. The Cubs have lost their competitive advantage on many levels. I was blinded by the light of "Optimism Goggles" when I thought they could compete in this division and sneak in as a wild card team -- especially considering how winnable this division is.

    Secretly, I've been wishing them to fail since the third week of the season (it took me longer than I thought to bail on them).

    I don't even know if this qualifies as "Pessimism Cat", more like "Truth Serum".

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  2. The Cubs failures to ignore the value of defense and base running are part of the front offices failure to evaluate talent correctly. This is evident in any advanced metric I have looked at.

    Honestly this is also on the owner. When you are Jim Hendry the Garza move makes plenty of sense. He had make the playoffs this year to save his job.

    That being said, it was a terrible move for the organization for where the Cubs are at. Tom needs to recognize his mistake and we need to move on.

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  3. I've enjoyed the Ricketts era as much as I expected to. Any success in the first few years of the new ownership would be unexpected. Ricketts bought a team that was loaded with overpaid over the hill players.

    I did not understand the trade for Garza since it cost future talent, but the signing of Pena was OK (in the sense that it has no impact on three or four years out).

    Nothing was going to happen this year in all likelihood. I'm still having fun watching the youngsters and shaking my head at some of the very bad baseball.

    The Cubs will break the routine in 2015 (first year without Sorryano).

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  4. @Rich: You know, I think that's a correct assessment. The Ricketts were buying the over-inflated team the Trib had Frankenstein'd together to jack up the price. Also, I'm all about some Carlos Pena on a 1 year contract.

    That being said, I think the Hendry era -- when taken in context of the early 2000s inconsistency -- has shown its true colors well enough. I'm ready to see an overhaul.

    Plus, it only took the Rays 2 years (2005 to 2007) to become ultra competitive. With the Cubs greater resources, it seems reasonable we shouldn't have to be waiting 4.

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  5. I'm not rooting against the Cubs, but the more this team loses in spectacular fashion, the more the media and the Kool-Aid drinkers will realize that Ricketts is and always has been full of crap.

    If he's not going to compete and knows he's not going to compete, just scrap it all and lower ticket prices a bit so we can enjoy some losing baseball with the hopes that it might get better as young players develop. OR go ahead and spend away and add someone like Adrian Gonzalez who might actually be a difference maker in an attempt to compete.

    But don't tell me Carlos Pena and Matt Garza are the guys that are going to make this team competitive THIS YEAR and charge me accordingly to watch it. And don't tell me you are dedicated to building a strong minor-league system and then trade guys away in a desperate attempt to make it look like you are trying to contend. Pick a strategy and go with it.

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  6. I agree with you, Aisle. The Cubs have really acted schizo during the Ricketts Era. I'm hoping the solution would be a strong GM with a full compliment of analysts, but really, who can find such a combo?

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  7. @Aisle 424: I'm assuming you haven't attempted to purchase any tickets to a Cubs game in the last month or so, since you're wanting them to lower prices and charge accordingly for what they're making you watch. If you'd seen ANY of the marketing the Cubs have been doing lately, they're practically giving the tickets away for free! There's package deals and discount nights (both for tickets and concessions), bleacher deals and giveaways. Even on places like StubHub, there are tickets going for as low as $0.88 each. It doesn't get lower than that, except that if you go to the park on the day of the game, you can virtually name your own price to the brokers on the street, some of whom are GIVING AWAY tickets, just to get rid of them.

    Tickets for a few dollars, $3 beer, $1 hot dogs; organizationally, they've done all they can, short of putting the best players on the field to actually win a game. I can find TONS of things to complain about when it comes to the Cubs, but for once, ticket prices aren't it.

    BTW, I do agree with the rest of what you said. It made sense for Rickets to take that first year to observe and see first hand what was going on and what he wanted to do to fix it, but this is ridiculous.

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  8. @Alishia: I believe the only reason the Cubs have gone so crazy with their ticket promotions is because the team has such seriously flagging attendance. The secondary market for Cubs tickets has completely plummeted with tickets going for $1 or $2.

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  9. @Bradley: Yes, I'm sure that's why they're doing it. They aren't going to admit the team they're putting out on the field every day is crap, but he was complaining that prices are too high to go to games and that they should lower them, and they already have, regardless of why.

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