Even in victory, the Cubs still find ways to disappoint: they went 0-9 last night with runners in scoring position.

  • Jim Hendry accepts (some of) the responsibility for the Chicago Cubs’ underperformance relative to payroll over his tenure as GM. “I expected us to win at a higher level than three division championships,” Hendry said. “This is professional baseball in a big market and a great fan base. We should’ve done better the last year and a half. So that comes with the territory, and that is my responsibility.” Last year and a half? For seriously, Jim? The last two and a half years have been miserable, and the previous six were only barely tolerable.
  • But does accepting responsibility mean Hendry is a goner? He said he wouldn’t blame fans for thinking he should be, noting that he’s been here “a long time.”
  • Jon Greenberg says Hendry is as good as gone, calling him a “scapegoat” in the process. It’s kind of hard to be the “scapegoat” when you built the team, no? Even worse when you’ve had almost 10 years and a huge payroll advantage, with nothing but a few division titles to show for it. That doesn’t make Hendry a scapegoat – it just makes him a goat.
  • David Schoenfield looks at Hendry’s track record and concludes it’s probably time for him to move on. I could have saved you some time, David.
  • Harry Pavlidis takes an advanced statistical look at the Cubs’ offense so far. What do you know? The advanced statistics look a lot like the traditional ones: crappy.
  • Wrigley Field block party information here. Appropriately timed given last week’s renewed criticism of Cubs fans as folks who only care about the atmosphere and booze, not the product on the field. Local residents and merchants weren’t too pleased with the plans to shut down Sheffield for the affair, so the Cubs will have to hold the parties on their parking lot across from Wrigley. Can you imagine locals telling the Red Sox they couldn’t have a street fair? One local merchant may have said it best, unfortunately: “They’re trying to entertain their fans and have an exciting event around the ballpark, even if the team doesn’t win. I don’t think they want to be doing this. The Cubs are not in the street fair business. But, this is what they have to do to stay relevant.”
  • Cubs.com suggests that Alfonso Soriano’s return from the DL could lead to an All Star push. Where’s that “O RLY” owl? Ah, here:
  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    The only reason Soriano even registers on the All-Star ballot is name recognition. Otherwise he wouldn’t finish in the top 30.

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    As a once or twice per year visitor Wrigley (I now live 1,000 miles away and went 30+ per year in my youth) I would like to say that, although the vast majority of Cubs fans are like the rest of us – true baseball fans, when I go to games it seems like 80% of the crowd is on their cell phone, or they are standing up, beer in hand, with their back to the field talking to someone in the row behind them. They stand up in little groups, often in front of me and blocking my view. I think criticism of these types is quite valid.

    Oh snap! My picture got rejected again!

    • Michigan Goat

      Agree, I rarely get to Cubs games but nothing is more frustrating than not being able to watch the action because everyone else is busy socializing around you. However one of my favorite things about live baseball is all the down time during the game to interact with friends, but too many people are there only too socialize. I’ll be headed to Wrigley with my daughter for her first Wrigley game and hope that the people around us make me proud to be a Cub fan.

      • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

        I remember my first with my dad – it was against the Cards in ’74.
        I took my son, Waveland, to his first when he was, gosh about 1yo I guess….

    • Dan0mite

      I think this is the state of baseball as a whole not Just the Cubs. Advancements in technology coupled with the pace of baseball just leads people to zone out and look at other things.

  • Roughriider

    You never forget the first time seeing the field of a major league ballpark. My first was on a sunsoaked day in 1957. The colors, the sounds, the smells. It was heaven and the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Honestly, I don’t remember if the Cubs won or lost, but it is one of those moments in time that will be with me for the rest of my life.

  • Brody

    Totally unrelated question here. Ever thought about putting out an iPod/Android app? It would make it a lot easier to read your blog while taking a dump.

    • Ace

      I have thought about it (well, not you taking a dump; the app part), and it’s on the list. A few other things are in the priority position right now, but I hope to get to it soon.

      Relatedly, thanks to WIFI, my dumps have been BN-friendly for years.

      • Andrew

        So, it’s a BN BM?

        … Sorry. It had to be said, though.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

          That was a shitty thing to say.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Ace any news of the cubs coming to terms with any of the players drafted this year?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Yes, I’m waiting until there is a big list or some of the big ones sign. For now, it’s just a handful of the later round, non-tough-sign types. I believe I’ll be noting it tomorrow in a bullets post.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Is javier Baez one of them?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      No – that was my point. The kids that have signed so far (that I know of) are later round, easy sign types. Not ones you’d be excited about. When Baez signs, it will be its own story.

  • Cardfan