Monday, August 21, 2006
The Good, Bad, and Ugly (Uniforms)
So, the Cubs only went 8-2 for the season at home against Saint Louis, but the best news yesterday is that Neifi Perez was traded. This could not have happened if Dusty were coming back next year, could it?
What is disconcerting for me are the quotes from the other infielders like Cedeno and Theriot about how much they learned from him and how sorry they are to see him leave.
Beyond the $2.5 million the Cubs saved off of next year’s payroll, it is good that Neifi won’t be there to share the insights that have made Ronnie Cedeno one of the most brain-dead young players I have seen in a long time.
Also interesting today is Paul Sullivan’s assertion “that the Cubs still believe Aramis Ramirez won't exercise his opt-out clause after this season and leave $22 million on the table to become a free agent.” Does he realize that he cannot hack it as the guy, or does he realize that scouts around baseball see through his all-of-a-sudden willingness to hustle? I hope they are right, but I don't see it.
Finally, the traditionalists lose: names are coming back to Cub home jerseys. I never liked the red trim on the blue numbers (on the 2006 jerseys, preferring the 1976 style below), but I guess the random fan “can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” Oh well. Better that than a Jumbotron.