We spend most of our days looking at many different web sites for pro sports teams. The one thing I have noticed over the last few months is just how sad the Chicago Cubs web site is. The news or breaking news they post is just pathetic, with things like “Bradley out with flu; Miles nears return” and “Piniella knows there’s work to be done”. After seeing months of this I just have to say, what the hell? I guess this could be a preview of what is to come this season. A team that has been swept the last 2 years in the post season and has not been in a World Series in over 100 years, has nothing to talk about? I guess this also could be because they did nothing in the office season, expect for getting Milton Bradley that is. This is a team that has record breaking ticket sales each and every year and what have they done. I guess there is only one person you can blame for this, the fans. Hey Cubs fans stop spending money and making the team rich and they will get you a winning team. I’m sure I will have a lot of Cubs fans upset for this, but what else is new they are always pissed about something. If you are looking for a funny read check out the Cubs home page.
The Chicago Cubs completed a trade with the Florida Marlins to acquire closer Kevin Gregg. Gregg finished the 2008 season with a 7-8 record, 3.41 ERA and 29 saves. His 9 blown saves led the Major Leagues in 2008. Gregg had an atrocious month of August when his ERA was over 10.00 and he lost his closer job. In every other month, Gregg’s ERA was under 2.00.
The Marlins received 21-year fire-baller Jose Ceda from the Cubs. Ceda finished 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in starts on the Single-A and Double-A level for the Cubs farm system.
The trade for Gregg meant the end of the Cubs relationship with long-time pitcher Kerry Wood. Wood had played his entire career with the Cubs and finished the 2008 season with 34 saves. He was 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA. Wood was looking for a long-term 3 or 4 year deal, and the Cubs were not willing to commit to such a deal given his injury history.
Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Pinella was named the NL Manager of the Year. Pinella garnered 15 of 32 first-place votes and edged out Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel to win the award. It was the 3rd time Pinella won the award, but the first time for him in the NL. He had previously won the award with the Seattle Mariners of the American League in 1995 and 2001.
Pinella led the Cubs to a 97-win season. The Cubs won the NL Central Division for the 2nd time with Pinella as Manager. But for the 2nd straight season, much to the dismay of Cubs fans all across the globe, the Cubs were swept out of the playoffs in the 1st round.
Pinella earned a $100,000 bonus for winning the award – here’s to 2009, Lou!