You didn't have fun this season? Yeah, me neither.
To be honest, I haven't watched a lot of Cubs baseball lately. For the same reason I don't hang around the oncology ward of my local hospital. Tending to the slow wasting away of a reasonably promising team is not my ideal plan to spend the fleeting Chicago summer.
Which is not to say I didn't have nagging fears about this season. After compiling what was probably the best Cubs team of my lifetime in 2008, Hendry did so very little in the offseason. How was I to know that even the little he did was awful?
I'm not going to go into detail about all the wretched ways the 2008 Cubs were dismantled (other than to say that I had no beef with getting rid of DeRosa, provided the Cubs received more than a bucket of goddamn baseballs - which they did not). I'm just going to make a quiet list of the things that annoyed me about this season, with the hope that a few of them could be rectified:
The addition of Aarons to the roster.
The addition of roughly 78 pounds of pot tits to Geovany Soto's frame.
The annual jerk-around deal that doesn't happen. At least this year it was Jake Peavy Watch, and not year three of Brian Roberts Watch.
The fact that I was under the assumption that the DeRosa trade was part of a master plan to trade for someone like Peavy.
The fact that I assumed ANYTHING was actually part of a master plan on anyone's part in the front office.
The loss of franchise face Kerry Wood combined with the meatheads who failed to notice how awful he did in Cleveland. Both a kick to my emotions and my brain.
The way the same meatheads turned on Zambrano, as if this team has another #1 starter.
The ongoing love affair that this fanbase has with mediocre gritlings like Ryan Theriot and Sam Fuld.
Kevin Gregg's Extra Chromosome: Closer
The fact that Derrek Lee's production seems to be inversely proportional to the production of his teammates. God, if he played for the Nats this year he'd be hitting .460 with 98 home runs.
Everything about the Milton Bradley debacle. EVERYTHING. Everyone one every side and every statement ever made on it should be scoured out of our collective brains.
The loss of the Z-stache. I'm pretty sure that was the beginning of the end.
Aaron Miles. 'Nuff Said.
I've never looked forward to football and hockey so much in my life.