Saturday, May 20, 2006


All Hail the Chicago MHBS!

I'm done with this team. And they are no longer the Cubs to me. They are the MHBS (pronounced Muh-HUBS). It has two meanings:

MacFail Hendry Bakers (the ones to blame)
Most Horrible Baseball (what the result is)

This is so bad its funny. And not in a good way, either.


Saturday, May 13, 2006


PLEASE fire Dusty Baker!!!

This is as bad as I have seen it in 30+ years of being a Cubs fan. They can't seem to turn it around, and the season may already be lost before Memorial Day. I wait and I wait for the season to start, and when it does, it's over in just over 6 weeks. Amazing.

Is everything Baker's fault? No. He didn't serve up that home run ball to Piazza today. But When Dempster put the first two runners on base in the 9th, Maybe a visit to the mound was in order. Just to talk to him and settle him down. That's in the manager's realm. Would it have made a difference? We'll never know.

The day that I lost faith in Dusty Baker was in late September of 2004 in New York. The Cubs had the wild card berth in hand, when LaTroy Hawkins served up a three run dinger and lost a game with 2 outs in the 9th inning on a Saturday. A stunning loss, but those things happen. But it was the next game that did it for me. Rather than coming out that next day and playing with a purpose, to show they still had that wild card berth in their grip, they played listless. I think they were even shut out that day. I have a hunch that Baker, ex-player that he was, didn't want his guys getting too worked up until they got back to Chicago the next day. So they dogged it, and it showed. And they never recovered from it, not in 2004, or 2005, or even 2006.

I don't care about the injuries to Wood, Prior, or Lee. Every team has them. And the manager's job is to get through them. But that isn't happening. And it won't happen with Baker in command, either.

I think the real blame lies with Jim Hendry. But of course, he got himself a 2 year extension, which will keep me away from Wrigley until 2009 at the earliest. Which is hard for me, because Wrigley is just about my favorite place on earth. But I cannot reward such boneheaded moves with any of my money.

Continuing to keep Baker on, or worse, extending his contract, will push me further away from this organization. I hope this doesn't happen, but the Cubs' organization does not want to win. They only want to line their pockets. Fine, but I don't have to go along with this.

Good luck with whatever comes next, Dusty.


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