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Whatever, Ozzie.

“But one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there,” Guillen said Sunday morning. “That’s just to be honest. And if Cub fans don’t like the way I talk about Wrigley Field, it’s just Wrigley Field. I don’t say anything about the fans or anything now. But Wrigley Field, they got to respect my opinion. That’s the way I feel.” Hardball.

You know that’s a proxy for saying he hates Cubs fans. Fine. Just for that. It’s picture time.

  • Nate

    Hey everybody….
    It is now June 17th. The Cubs are going nowhere but down. Remember what I wrote this past April? (Check out the “Vizcaino gets DFA” article and posts.) The management tore apart last year’s team. But yet naive Cub fans pack Wrigley Field and keep giving the owners more and more money. I also said that Wriglel Field is horrible and the common denominator of losing for 100 years. And Ozzie Guillen agrees. Konerko said he doesn’t like Wrigley Field either. It’s a junior high clubhouse with horrible facilities.
    Might as well start trading these almost mid 30 year old former superstars now. Lee, Soriano, etc. Because next year will be even worse. I never understood why you would sign Soriano to an 8 year contract when he was 30 years old? You’re done in baseball at 33, 34. Unless you are a rare player, which Soriano and Lee are not.
    Why not keep Edmonds? Blanco? Wood? Derosa? Marquis? Instead hendry gets Gathright, who already got cut, Miles, who sucks. Gregg. who sucks. Freel. who sucks. Hill. who sucks. And now we have rookies threatening to take over the outfield. Cubs fans are complete suckers for paying for those outrageous tickets. I went to the Braves/Cubs game in Atlanta when Wells lost his no hitter. I got two tickets for 14 dollars, sat in the outfield and had a great time. 7 dollars a piece. Teams make money off of TV and other revenues, the tickets are just bonus money. But Cubs fans don’t realize this.
    When the White Sox lost in the playoffs last year, did they get rid of Konerko, Thome, Dye, etc? NO. They kept the team together. Shoot, they still have about 10 guys from the World Series team from 2005.
    See the light yet anyone???? This has been happening for 100 YEARS!!!!!!!

  • Ace

    The Cubs kept pretty much the whole starting contingent of the team, so that doesn’t really get you anywhere. Especially since most of the returning starters are the ones who are sucking up the joint. Then again, you criticize the Cubs for signing (and keeping) a lot of those guys, so you’re typing out of both sides of your mouth.

    No one’s disagreeing with you that the Cubs suck.

    • Nate

      Maybe if Hendry had kept the other veterans from last year’s team then guys like Lee, Soriano, etc. wouldn’t feel so much of the burden to carry the team. They are too old for that. They needed more of a surrounding cast and team….like last year. What I am saying is that they had a TEAM last year. The right mix. When you take away from that mix it adds stress to the remaining players. This team does not mix. At all. It’s sad.
      Fortunately the Cubs have a pretty dang good starting rotation and that could carry them during a stretch run. And if Ramirez comes back that will help if he produces. The outfield has got to step up and start producing. Platoon at first with Fox/Hoffpauer/Lee.
      Start manufacturing runs. Playing real baseball. Then wins will come.

      • MICK

        Nate you are saying that Sori, Lee, Rami etc. are feeling more pressure because we got rid of Derosa, Wood, and mid season acq. Edmonds? Thats not too probable in my book. The team just needs to sync up, When the pitchers are hot nobody can hit, when they hit the pitchers are too cold too too too cold.

        • Ace

          Gotta agree with Mick on this one. There are a lot of problems with this team, but not “fitting” together is not one of them.

          • Nate

            It’s called chemistry guys. Knowing roles on the team and in the clubhouse and off of the field. Knowing who the leaders are, the veterans, how rookies and role players fit in to the team. This team now is a bunch of fresh out of AAA players, almost washed up veterans, an outfield that speaks spanish, japanese, and english as their first languages (lack of communication), most of these guys have not played together for more than a year or two, a severely unreliable and weak bench, and so on. The only hope is that Ramirez comes back and does his usual and the remaining “stars” start playing like they are capable of. Fontenot is a fiesty player, but not a starting player by far. That should have been apparent to Hendry during the off season. Fnot is a great bench player, just like he was last year and had a role on the team.
            I think it’s time to realize that Fukudome is not a major league baseball player. At least a starting center fielder.
            The cubs are going to rely on very good starting pitching, good defense, and small ball in order to win. And they can do this if they execute. Another thing, if Soriano is going to bat leadoff, why not do the Larussa move and have the pitcher bat 8th, or even 7th, giving Soriano an opportunity for more people on base. He doesn’t get good pitches because when the bases are empty the pitchers throw him garbage. Pinella should be thinking of things like this. It’s not a coincidence that Larussa usually has his teams in the running for the playoffs, he knows how to manage. Pinella doesn’t have that good of a track record. Any above average to average manager could have won in Seattle with the multitude of talent he had up there, he sucked in Tampa with the big names he had there, and after that one year with the Reds, which Pete Rose built anyways, he didn’t do anything. Pinella looks and acts like he doesn’t really care. He looks bored and uninterested. Let Trammel manage. This might happen before August.

            • Ace

              Chemistry, if it’s not totally bunk, is at least overrated. I could think of several teams that won it all when they hated each other.

  • MICK

    If chemistry is an issue at all I think the only thing that it could effect is performance in the clutch. And we basically had the same “language barrier’ in the OF last year as we did this year. The only reason i didnt want to see Edmonds go was because i could rub it in to Card fans. I just dont get that same feeling with Miles, for obvious reasons lol. Could it just be the pressure of living up to the standard they set last year? And a roster with veterans and young talent doesnt sound bat at all to me.

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