I was checking my Twitterfeed this morning one last time before heading to work and here was the news that made my eyes bug out:
The move is shocking and I'm starting to wonder if Dave Kaplan is actually running the team because he was calling for this move last night in the post-game show. Speaking of Kaplan, he edged out Phil Rogers for the honor of being the second outlet to report definitively:
So there you have it. The Cubs have made their second "shocking" move of the year and it isn't even Memorial Day yet. Personally, I wonder if this will make a lick of difference since neither Theriot nor Fontenot were the large part of the problem for this team. The problems continue to be Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez plunging the middle of the batting order into a black hole of suck.
Maybe the Cubs brain trust got as tired as I am of seeing poorly hit grounders sneak through the middle infield defense. Maybe Hendry just couldn't handle seeing his castoff shortstop, Ronny Cedeno, throw laser beams across the diamond while some of Theriot's throws have yet to arrive.
Organizationally, this is another panic move on the part of management that doesn't have a ton of upside given the high expectations. I don't like that he is being set up to fail.
As a fan, I'm excited that I have something interesting to watch. If they are going to make this move, I would also like to see them sit Fukudome (who hasn't really done anything wrong, but someone has to sit) and get Colvin out there on a more regular basis. That would be interesting. It may not win the most baseball games this year, but at least I could be interested in the development of two potential future stars. It could give me a reason to want to renew my tickets again next year. I'm going to need a few, given the direction this team is going.