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This weekend, CSN’s Dave Kaplan went on an unprompted – but apropos, given the Winter Meetings – Twitter rant about the state of the Chicago Cubs’ organization over the past several years. It was a thing of beauty, and useful to keep in the back of your mind as we observe the events this week in Nashville.

Away we go, in chronological order …

Whew. Throw in some cursing and a “Hallelujah, holy sh*t. Where’s the Tylenol?” and I would have been reminded of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ (which, incidentally, I watched last night, in an annual tradition).

Kap’s rant didn’t go unnoticed by others in the Chicago media. The Daily Herald’s Bruce Miles gave Kaplan a gentle ear flick:

Miles later made clear that he likes Kap, and Kap emphasized that he wasn’t try to rip on Hendry, just the organization as a whole.

The Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan was a bit more blunt:

And that was before 50% of Kap’s rant was completed.

(I suppose it’s worth pointing out, without too much comment, that Kaplan works for CSNChicago, an entity partly owned by the family that currently owns the Cubs (and hired the current front office), and Sullivan works for the Tribune, an entity whose parent company (the Tribune Company) used to own the Cubs (and hired/employed the former front office). I’m not saying their employers prejudice their respective positions, but I’m sure they partly inform those positions.)

In the end, the tweets made for meta gold, but it’s not like anything Kap said was incorrect. The organization was in shambles two years ago, bloated by useless commitments, understaffed in the front office, uninterested in modern analytics, and unable to consistently acquire and develop future MLB talent. As Theo Epstein said last year, you can’t turn an ocean liner on a dime. It takes time.

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