I know it is early, and every manager says they will work on the fundamentals. But, I am really buying into Lou working on them this spring. Hey, I'm a Cub fan, I have to believe. I simply don't see him tolerating the same guy getting picked off several times in nearly the same circumstances, outfielders airmailing in throws, or just plain lack of hustle.
I've also been impressed with the two radio interviews I've heard from Ryno about managing in Peoria. Both times he talked about the way he learned things in the Phillies organization. Everybody will approach the game the same way. Hats on straight, everyone dressed the same. Maybe I am reaching the crumudgeon stage of life, but nothing get's me going than 25 guys wandering around the field with no direction. If they can't dress the same, if they don't all learn to run the bases and bunt, they can't be expected to win.
Which brought me to the February issue of the Vineline, and the picture of Cliff Anderson with his hat on sideways. He is probably slated for A-ball. We'll see how long it takes him learn how to show the game respect. And I read in the paper today Samardzija got a haircut.
The malaise is over Cubs fans. I hope we are seeing a bottom / up organizational change.