When second-guessing GM’s moves, I try to wait awhile, as like in the Keith Foulke/Billy Koch deal, you often don’t know how it will how it shake out down the line. (see Neal Cotts) Having said this, I do think when conventional wisdom believes the acquisition sucked from the beginning, there is a shorter time table on calling it a bad deal.
OK, so we’re only a month and a half into the season, but the Cubs new savior at the lead-off position, Juan Pierre is killing them. Considering that Pierre had a career OPS of .723 which includes 2 full years in Colorado and very few of us in the sabermetrical world saw this deal as a good one. While the Cubs I’m sure were looking for their own top of the order jolt, which happened cross-town with Scott Podsednik, outside of similar OPS, they are not the same. Podsednik is a better defensive player and most importantly, had a salary more than 1/5th the price of Pierre’s. While I realize it wasn’t a great market for free-agent outfielders this past off-season, trying to force a fit with Pierre is a move which smelled of desperation.
The 3 off-season moves that I was most critical of in 2005 were Russ Ortiz, Jason Kendall, and Adrian Beltre. All 3 have been huge busts and the GM’s who made these deals have to be called out, considering how much their salaries continue to hurt their team’s productivity. The 3 players I mentioned as bad signings before this season were Jarod Washburn, Troy Glaus, and A.J. Burnett. So far, Washburn has been decent and Glaus has been excellent, while Burnett has already went down with an injury. At this time next year, we will have a better feel for how these acquisitions truly grade out. While it’s early, I just don’t see where there is much question on how Juan Pierre’s deal will be evaluated.
On the subject of the Cubs, it’s got to be extra torture this year, with the defending World Champions White Sox adding to the perpetual Wrigley agony with the best record in baseball. In the past, the Sox/Cubs inter-league games had a college football feel, with both teams treating the games as their own World Series, since they both had to realize their past histories were going to keep them from visiting the real one. This year is different, as even if the unlikely event happens that the Cubs sweep the upcoming series, it won’t be that big of a deal, as the White Sox and their fans have the recent memory of World Championship ecstasy, plus the future reality of being a contender again in 2006. Come on Cubs, your ineptitude is making it hard for White Sox fans to hate you.
File this under embarassment. Quite possibly the worst show on televsion could be the MTV disaster, “Parental Control”. It saddens me to say that I can’t turn away from this program when I flipping around, despite me realizing I lose brain cells at a rapid rate everytime I catch it. On second thought, the worst show on TV is the other dating disaster which airs on the no music-music channel, “Date My Mom”, which has creepy written all over it. It’s like a MILF porn movie done without the sex, which is about the only redeeming value of the whole MILF scenario. What is most amazing about “Date My Mom” is that the acting is worse than porn. Please don’t watch these shows, as I would feel more guilty about being the person who had gotten someone hooked on them then I would getting someone hooked on crack.
Quick Music Reviews:
After how much I loved the 2004 release by Snow Patrol, (No. 3 on my year-end list), I was really looking forward to their newest offering, “Eyes Open”. Unfortunately, it’s a letdown from “Final Straw”. The band still has the transcendent quality that few bands are able to manage, but this time around the record lacks the anthemic hooks that got them a place opening for U2 on their “Vertigo” tour. While “Eyes Open” has some tracks worth listening to, it’s overall mediocrity just makes me more excited for their Scottish breathren Muse’s newest offering, which is set to come out July 3rd.
Neil Young’s latest, “Living with War”, just might be the best political rant I’ve ever heard from a major artist. I love how a guy over the age of 60 can be still so pointed and angry, like George Carlin with a guitar. Having said this I can’t say I will probably listen to the CD more than twice, as Neil Young’s vocals are not something my ears want to hear anything new from. If I’m in the mood, I can listen to “Decade” and love it, but unfair or not, I just can’t see myself ever hearing anything new of Neil’s and wanting to hit the replay button. Ever since he came out with one of the great rock songs of all-time, “Rockin’ in the Free World”, I just haven’t been moved to listen to his newer work, outside of a couple of times. The lyrics to “Living with War” deserve to be heard by a larger audience. I wish Young would have called up some of his rock friends to sing on it with him, as then it would have been a recording I could be more passionate about.