Dear Reactionary Cubs Fans, Please Shut the #$%@ Up!

June 30, 2009 | Comments (0) | by Jake the Terrible Cubs Fan

Some days I truly hate being a Cubs fan.

And that has nothing to do with the team. It's the fact that I'm unfortunately lumped into a group of reactionary jackasses that freak out as soon as things look a little dire and begin rallying behind ridiculous scapegoats and reasons as to why the Cubs suck.

The latest bag of shit being tossed around involves the Trib's Phil Rogers suggesting Carlos Zambrano be waived. You know, because his antics have begun to wear thin he will never mature into the ace the Cubs need him to be. I won't link to the pile of journalistic dog shit on the Tribune, but if you want to see what I'm talking about, go to this post at HJE where Bad Kermit tears it to shreds.

Seriously people. Just stop. Carlos Zambrano IS NOT the problem. Milton Bradley IS NOT the problem. If you really think they are the top two things wrong with this team, please, take your giant souvenir "W" flags, roll them real tight, and do your best David Carradine impression.

The vitriol towards Zambrano just stuns me. He had a rough game against the Sox sure, but has anyone noticed that since his meltdown at the end of May, Big Z has been pretty solid? For the month of June, he posted a 2.91 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and held opposing batters to a paltry .212 AVG. Aside from this most recent outing, Big Z had a quality start every time this month. Lay off him folks. In fact lay off the entire rotation. These guys have pitched their asses of this season only to be screwed by a limpdick offense.

Then there's Milton Bradley. His offensive output should be more surprising than his actions. Clearly Bradley hasn't found a groove this season and for a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve surrounded by neon lights with loud big band music playing, his outbursts are pretty much a given. Should Milton mellow out? Yeah, he could tone it down a little, but you have to be naive to think that a 9 year veteran of the league that has shown these outbursts throughout his career wasn't going to have them in a Cubs uniform from time to time.

And even if Bradley is slumping a bit, his stats are certainly not the worst. Currently Bradley is batting .238 compared to Alfonso Soriano's .232. BUT, Bradley has a .351 on base percentage compared to Soriano's dismal .296. That's terrible, especially for a lead off guy. Even Juan Pierre had a .330 OBP during his stint in Chicago. Also Bradley has drawn 2 more walks than Soriano this season, in 118 fewer plate appearances. Hell I love Soriano, but with his contract and what he's done this season so far, it seems to me there should be a little more outrage over his play than the antics of a couple hotheaded guys.

And it doesn't stop there. Where's the outrage over Kosuke's .177 AVG through June? Are we just accepting that this is the norm for him? Where's the outrage that Ryan Theriot should be batting well over .300 but isn't because of his newfound delusion that he should try to swing for the fences when we really just need him to slap one to the gap in opposite field? Where's the outrage that Aaron Miles is still on this team? (Thank God he's on the DL) Where's the outrage that our farm system and scouting is clearly subpar at best and has been for some time?

We're still not to the halfway point of the season and the doom and gloom mob has already dialed the Illogical Reaction knob to '11'. I'm begging you folks, for the love of all that is sacred, shut the fuck up.