As I always said, Marlon Byrd was about the best character player you could ask for. He supported his teammates, he interacted with the fans, he was a leader in the clubhouse, and he offered good quotes. His departure, while necessary and welcomed, was sad. I liked Marlon Byrd.

And, even now that he’s gone, he’s still saying great things about the Cubs.

“I knew I was going to be traded,” Byrd told Bruce Levine of the move last weekend. “Brett Jackson is the future there, but I didn’t know when. I didn’t think it would be in April, but there was a need for me over here. I almost had to apologize to them for starting so slow. They should have been able to get more for me.”

I mean, that’s a pretty incredible attitude to have when you were just dumped.

Byrd also went on to guess that the Cubs would be a good team annually by 2014, and was gracious about, and complimentary of, the leadership that decided it no longer wanted him on the team.

“My family loved it here. They made great friends as did I on and off the field,” Byrd said. “I loved the organization and the Ricketts. We are close to them. I love the Ricketts. This is a business, and it was time to move on.

“The leadership right now has to come from the veterans like Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster. I‘m assuming that Theo [Epstein] is going to get his base off young guys and then bring in some older veterans like he did here in Boston. You do have to have veterans because they are the only players who know about leadership.”

I can’t help but feel that Byrd is going to be quietly rooting for the Cubs from afar, and I’m going to have a hard time not rooting for him from afar right back. He’s already off to a good start with his new team, with five hits in his first 17 at bats.

Then again, on that “rooting for him thing,” he’s playing for the Red Sox, so…

  • TWC

    Of course he’s still a dude.  He was traded, not castrated.

    • Brett


      • TWC

        The Big Lebowski: What makes a man, Mr. Lebowski?
        The Dude: Dude.
        The Big Lebowski: Huh?
        The Dude: Uhh… I don’t know sir.

        • Edwin

          Is it being prepared to do the right thing, whatever the cost? Isn’t that what makes a man?

          • TWC

            Sure, that and a pair of testicles.

            • Edwin

              You think the carpet pissers did this?

              • Brett

                Your phone’s ringing, Dude.

                • Edwin

                  Obviously you’re not a golfer.

                  Thats my last one, I promise.

                  • Brett

                    Random aside (since that’s the order of the day), there was a time when I toyed around with the idea of starting a sports/entertainment blog. The planned name was Obviously You’re Not a Golfer. But there’s already some MLB blog by that name.

                    So I went with Liquored-Up Kicker. Never actually made the site, though.

              • hardtop

                ill bite: nothing to do with the article of course.
                “I told that kraut a fucking thousand times that I don’t roll on Shabbos! “

                • FromFenwayPahk

                  Something tells me we are heading toward messing with our right fielder.

                  • Cubbie Blues

                    I’m sorry your stepmother is a nympho.

                  • hardtop

                    you asked for it:
                    “You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.”
                    “Eight-year-olds, Dude.”

  • Spencer

    “They should have been able to get more for me.”

    Wow. That’s a pretty awesome thing to say.

    • JulioZuleta

      In related news, when Michael Belden heard he was traded for a guy hitting .070 he said “they should have been able to get more for me.”

  • Fishin Phil

    I’d have a much easier time rooting for him from afar if he hadn’t landed in Boston. I think I’ll just hope he has a great bounce back season, and his team doesn’t win another game this year.

  • Zach

    I am definitely rooting for Marlon Byrd, even though he is on the Red Sox. He is one of the best people in baseball, never says anything bad and works his ass off. What more could you ask of one of your players.

  • Big Joe

    I have a friend who is from the east coast, and now live in my home town. He grew up a Redsox fan, so we went to the White/Redsox game last night. It was strange to see Burd in a Sox uniform. We had amazing seats…near the first base dougout. On his was up to bat I yelled to him, and said thank you from the north side. He actually turned his head as he was walking to the plate, and nodded at me and smiled. Amazing howuch weight the guy has lost. No offense to anyone, but he looked like a cancer patient. I think, although well intended, he too off a little too much weight in the off season. He’s about getting the bat knocked out of his hands at the plate. Anyhow, thanks for being the kind of player we rarely see in a Cubs uniform. I hope you are back some day, working for the franchise again.

  • WGNstatic

    I am not alone among Cubs fans I know, but the Red Sox have always been my #2 team (a distant #2 mind you, but #2 nonetheless). The ugliness of the offseason, was, to me, more a creation of a few members of the Boston media than anything real.

    The Sox wanted to get the most they could, the Cubs wanted to give as little as they could… shocker.

    If anything this trade proves that there the hard feelings, if there were any, are mostly gone (at least among the guys that matter).

    Having Byrd wearing a B on his cap will just make it all the easier to keep cheering for my #2 team.

  • Fishin Phil

    You need lessons on holding a grudge. I’ve been pissed at the Mets since 1969.


    • WGNstatic

      Oh, I can hold a grudge with the best of ’em.

      I liked getting Epstein, in part because I had cheered for him in Boston.

      Hoyer… still getting used to the idea of liking a guys with SD ties… I only make myself feel better by thinking of us as having stolen him. 😉

    • JustSwain

      I still can’t watch the Padres play without muttering to myself, and I’ve never been able to say Steve Garvy’s name without inserting an F-ing in the middle.

  • FromFenwayPahk

    Boston’s clubhouse needs Byrd’s executive function as much as they needed a functioning centerfielder during the games. This is going to work out for both teams. Until L.L. finds a different job, Byrd is one Red Sox I can root for closer to home for a while.

    Not so difficult keeping two teams in my sights; one new to me in the NL, one being left in my past in the AL.

    And as for being “pissed at the Mets” I can sure understand that, but my getting pissed at ’86 John McNamara keeps getting in the way.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Brandon Inge was just released… Could the Cubs be in play for him?

    • ty

      Most people say he is really toast!

  • Big Joe

    No more picking up another team’s garbage. Please.