Daily Archives: February 5, 2007

Okay, the Bears lost, but what about the Cubs?

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Unfortunately, the Chicago Cubs have emptied the vault on a player who will do them absolutely no good. Alfonso Soriano. Thirty one years old, on the downside of his career; played on several mediocre teams who didn’t want him back. Thinks he’s A-Rod, acts like an A-hole. Soriano doesn’t have a position, and his idea of “clutch” is a small woman’s handbag. Can’t hit good pitching; he’s what I call a dogpile player: when the Cubs face a no. 4 or 5 starter and win 11-5, Soriano will be 3 for 5 with a home run and a double and a meaningless stolen base. When the Cubs face a 1, 2 or 3 starter and lose 3-1, Soriano will be 0-4 with three ugly strikeouts and a groundout. In the clubhouse, he’s a liability. He plays matador defense, and will look frankly ridiculous 5 or ten times a year. Walks? this guy may end up with more errors than walks. By the end of August the Cubs fans will have figured him out and after that it will be ugly for the next what? eight years? Too bad. At the end of the year he will have 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases. And no one will be able to remember any of them. After a couple of years the Cubs will have to make one of those deals where, in order to trade him to some exhibition team like Arizona, they will have to pay part of his salary. I mean, the Cubs were smart enough to let go of the pathetic Juan Pierre. But this is worse.

Too bad.

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