Written By: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited By: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Clear back around the time of the All Star break, I made some very bold predictions for the remainder of the Cubs’ season. Well, as it turns out, my predictions went horribly wrong. Meaning that absolutely none of them came true. Never one to hide from looking like an idiot, let us go back and see how badly I really did with my predictions.
#1 – The Cubs will finish above .500 for the season. Well, the Cubs finished 66-96, meaning that they played even worse in the second half than they did in the first half. They even played badly enough to get their manager fired, but we’ll get to that here in a little bit. Anyhow, this ended up being one painful season to watch.
#2 – Alfonso Soriano will be a Cub on the last day of the season. Honestly, I really didn’t think anyone would be dumb enough to take him off of our hands. But, as per usual, when there is a dumb financial move to be made in baseball, in step the New York Yankees! In reality, the Yankees made out pretty well on this deal, with the Cubs still footing the majority of the bill for Soriano’s services next season.
#3 – Nate Schierholtz will be traded by the deadline. I must say that I’m rather happy being wrong about this one. Schierholtz wound up being a key player for the Cubs this season and should be one of the anchors of their lineup next season. Just as I suspected, the extra year of control on his contract made his asking price just a little too high for other teams, which kept him wearing Cubbie blue pinstripes.
#4 – Kevin Gregg will be traded. – For once, Kevin Gregg was not throwing batting practice to the other team in the ninth inning. For once, the Cubs had the chance to get something out of this hack. But apparently, Kevin Gregg didn’t make quite enough money or play quite good enough for Epstein to send him packing. As it turned out, the Cubs should’ve moved him, as he became a bit of a cancer at the end of the season.
Kevin Gregg has now achieved a new level of hatred in my eyes…similar to that of Terrell Owens…or Terrelle Pryor for that matter. Pardon me Kevin Gregg, but as horrible of a job as you did the FIRST time you were in Chicago, you should be thankful that they even gave you a phone call the second time, let alone allowed you to be a closer again! How dare you complain about how they handled you! How did they handle you? They signed your paycheck when no other team wanted to touch you! By all rights, you should’ve been working at Sears this season. Just shut up you ungrateful little turd!
#5 – Alfonso Soriano will hit 40 home runs by season’s end. Despite switching the color of his pinstripes, Soriano made a valiant effort by clubbing 34 dingers on the year. Since he only missed by six, I don’t feel too badly about this prediction.
Now, earlier I mentioned that the Cubs played badly enough to get Dale Sveum fired. So who did the Cubs decide was the right man for the job? None other than Padres’ bench coach, Rick Renteria. Having read a couple interviews with him already, I’m just about ready to call this hiring a disaster. I’m sorry, but whenever I hear a manager say that he’s going to treat this team like family, it makes me want to throw my computer down the stairs. Perhaps I’d feel a little better about this whole thing if the Cubs had snagged a bench coach from say Boston or St. Louis…you know…teams that have a pretty good string of success as of late. But no, Theo Epstein decided to pull from one of the worst franchises in baseball for his next manager, the San Diego Padres.
Hang on Cubs fans…it’s gonna be a bumpy ride next season.