Good bounceback by the team and bullpen today. I don't mean to start another discussion about whether the Cubs need to make major changes or not. But, ASSUMING you wanted to give this team a kick in the pants, what would you try?
As Lou, a dirt-flinging tirade at the ump?
Benching a veteran in a slump?
Shaking up the bullpen (again)?
Putting a starter NOT named Marshall or Wells in the pen?
As GM, make a major trade, even if it costs top prospects?
White flag trade, hoping the rest of the guys will react with greater effort?
Keep in mind there are some things you can't do:
You can't put a player on the DL who doesn't agree he's hurt. He can appeal through the union.
You can't send a player down who's out of options.
You can't kill a man simply with your mind. (You're not Ted Lilly.)
Here's a poll, or add your own ideas below.
What would you do to give the Cubs a kick in the grass? (Yes, many of these are crazy ideas. That's the point--Shock and Awe!)
Make Guzman, Harden, or anyone not Gregg or Marmol the closer (14 votes)
Move Soriano to centerfield while Bradley is out (0 votes)
Move Soriano to second base while Ramirez is out (6 votes)
Give Lee a hotfoot; when he hurts his neck jumping around, play Hoffpauir/Fox (5 votes)
Fire Gerald Perry; promote Von Joshua (3 votes)
Freak out at an ump, preferably C.B. Bucknor (1 vote)
Sell the farm: Vitters for an unmistakable godsend named ??? (3 votes)
Send Soto to AAA; give him Henry Blanco's Skype info (8 votes)
Name Reed Johnson team captain and blogmaster (4 votes)
Have Milton Bradley coach first when not playing, scream at opposing pitcher (12 votes)
Deal anyone and everyone without a no trade clause (1 vote)
Fire Lou Piniella (8 votes)
Fire the trainer (0 votes)
Draw the lineup out of a hat (6 votes)
Bat the pitcher somewhere other than 9th (2 votes)
73 total votes