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I mean, seriously?
Jeff Greenwell, over at The Last Angry Fan, put it best:
Seriously, it’s like the logo has come to life, and in a moment of shame and embarrassment, slowly started making it’s way over top the helmet to hide out in Wood’s luscious head of hair.
If the Cubs keep up their losing ways, and all signs point to that being an eventuality, expect all the Cubs logos, from their helmets and caps to jerseys and bullpen jackets, to seek refuge in the Witness Protection Program. Nobody would blame them if the players followed suit.
But he also has a penchant for playing games with his head shoved up his a**.
Yesterday was no different.
Castro’s latest faux pas occurred in the fifth inning when he forgot how many outs they were after taking a throw at second base from Darwin Barney. It was the start of a potential double play.
Inexplicably, Castro jogged off the field, and never threw to first to double-up Brandon Crawford. The Giants tied the game, and the Cubs were done.
After the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum had this to say:
“It’s the last straw,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. “If he wants to play, he better start getting his head in the game. Period.”
Agreed Mr. Sveum.
Dude isn’t a rook anymore and we are talking about the most important defensive position in the infield, arguably the entire game (though I feel catcher is just as important & more grueling, obviously).
Sure, he is young.
He is talented.
But this kind of s*** keeps happening.
As Bob Nightengale of USA Today was quick to point out:
This is the same guy who stopped running on a steal attempt Friday, believing play was stopped. He had his back turned to the infield during a pitch last August (see video below) against the Mets. And, please, don’t bring up his lack of patience at the plate, drawing six walks in 228 plate appearances.
This affliction I like to call HUAS, Head Up Ass Syndrome, has got to end & end right now, otherwise the Cubs won’t have to worry about making the tough cal to trade their young star because nobody will be wiling to part with anything worth a damn for him.
From Craig Calcaterra @ Hardball Talk we get this:
Is it just me, or do people in Chicago not feel as bad about the recently-ended losing streak and what seems to be the inevitable dreadful remaining season as they might normally be?
At least among the Cubs fans I know, people are just being cool, knowing that the roster was a mess and knowing that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are playing the long game.
And as Patrick Mooney notes in his report at CSNChicago.com, that’s the game being played. Epstein:
“We’ll have to take a realistic look of where we are. And if there are ways to get better, every option has to be on the table … I’ve always operated under that philosophy,” Epstein said. “I never understood why there would ever be an untouchable. All you’re doing is limiting your opportunity.”
I guess Starlin Castro would be called untouchable if you put a gun to Theo’s head. But heck, maybe even he goes if some team is dumb enough to back up the prospects truck.
Just a very different mindset from an organization which often talked about rebuilding, but never really went into it whole-hog.
I have a few friends who are
Scrubs Cubs fans and I too have noticed that the typical “oh here we go again” vibe isn’t really haning over them like a dark cloud this season.
As a Yankees fan I hate the socio-pathic, moronic “live in the moment & trade every good piece we have away for an aging slugger” mentality that plagued the team for most of the 80′s (and then again the early 2000′s).
I want my GM to be watching the road several years ahead.
In that market, with the resources they have…Epstein & Hoyer are going to lay a great foundation down.
I am not saying they’ll reverse the curse in just a few short years, but they will return the franchise to a competitive level, year & year out.