I've been visiting Steve Stone's blog pretty regularly since he started posting it on his website every few weeks. It's riddled with spelling errors and the formatting could use some work, but (like our own Hammer) I've always been a big fan of his commentating back when he and Harry would broadcast games. In my household growing up, Steve and Harry were always on the TV and I think that combo had a lot to do with me becoming a Cubs fan in the first place.
Until now, most of his material in his blog has been pretty mundane. He's working some Sox radio so usually the posts are split pretty evenly with his thoughts about the two teams and most of it isn't anything you haven't heard here or in the papers or on sports radio.
Well, I almost spit coffee all over my keyboard when I read Steve's latest thoughts about the Cubs' current opponent and their head coach:
The players today in the Chicago Tribune came to the defense of their old friend Dusty as apparently he is responsible for absolutely nothing that has happened in years ’03, ’04, ‘05 and ‘06. When it was suggested he might have had a hand in at least a couple things, the players who were there all jumped to his rescue and our intrepid reporting staff of hard hitting Chicago journalist failed to mention that dusty was personally responsible for what might have been the worst coaching staff assembled in the game of baseball. Least we forget Dusty’s best coach who by the way is still there is the coach he inherited before he got there and that was Larry Rothchild who was generally acclaimed as one of the better pitching coaches in all of baseball. Of course Dusty handpicked pitching coach who turned out to be his bench coach, Dick Pole who by the way is his pitching coach in Cincinnati. The people in Chicago are still trying to find out what Dick did as a bench coach. I have to confess I don’t really know. I do know that he made up the line up every day and that was a lineup that in 4 years of what at that point was the highest spending spree in Chicago Cubs history found the battling Cubs an underwhelming 3 games under 500 in 4 years. Not exactly the kind of return for 350 million dollars. Of course none of us remember the golden year that a Wendell Kim coaching at 3rd base or Gary Matthews who is a wonderful man but, it was his instruction as a hitting coach that led him to now become broadcaster with the Philadelphia Phillies. Least we forget Sonny Jackson who basically sat in the locker room and reported what Chip and I said about the Cubs to the afore mentioned Dusty and when taxed with the idea of teaching Corey Patterson how to bunt, he taught him how to bunt for a hit which is a drag bunt from a lefty up the first base side. When I talked to him about his inability to hit a sacrifice bunt, he said that Sonny didn’t teach him that. Mystifying! But none the less predictable from a coaching staff run by the Dust Buster.
At least now we know who stooged Steve and Chip off to management. I guess he's still as bitter as I am about '04.