Like many of you, I really enjoyed Al's offseason series "The Cubs Can Of Worms", in which he conjured up memories of failures past. In hindsight, it gave me a good chuckle and brought relief that the players or coaches profiled were no longer haunting us. In reality, though this season has been a disappointment, we are still a good team. There are, however, a number of candidates for Al's series, and I've narrowed it down to three nominees. Try to have fun with this!
1) Aaron Miles (Miles From Ordinary): .181/.221/.239, 0 HR, 5 RBI Wow. It's hard to believe that this a player on a major league roster with those numbers. I mean, a .221 OBP, are you serious?? Not to mention the fact that 10 pitchers have more RBI's than him (he's also tied with 2 others, including our own Ryan Dempster).
2) Kevin Gregg (Not Ggood): 4.68ERA, 13 HR allowed, 6 blown saves Not what you want to see from your closer, that's for sure. Home Run Howry revisited, but then again he wasn't in the closer's role. Looking back, some of those blown saves (ie Florida) really, really hurt.
3) Milton Bradley (What Else You Got, Milton?): .257/.378/.397 12 HR 40 RBI Obviously, Milton's numbers are not horrible. They are decent, quite similar to Kosuke's numbers after his rookie season as a matter of fact. A lot of people on here were calling for Kosuke's deportation after last season, although Kosuke has always been a class act. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Milton Bradley. There were confrontations with the manager, the media, the fans, throwing a ball into the stands with 2 outs, baserunning blunders, umpire bumps, suspensions, the list goes on and on. I don't want to start this debate again, because it's been discussed ad nauseum, but Bradley makes the cut simply because of the behaviors and distractions that have been brought to this team.
So, there you have it. Happy voting, have fun with this, and hopefully when this episode is written, we can all look back, have a good chuckle, and be thankful that this is all over.