I stole this picture of Hayden Simpson from the Southern Arkansas Athletics Website http://muleriderathletics.com/
I apologize, but I figured they're so giddy right now they won't mind. Just my opinion, but I think "Muleriders" is a really cool nickname for a school.
I swear, if anything like what went on yesterday goes on today, I'll delete the whole post, comments and all.
Agree with the choice or not, let's all give a big Chicago welcome to Hayden Simpson. A right-hander with a fastball that sits around 92-94 mph and has been known to hit 96, he's also got a nasty slider that he considers his best pitch and an above-average curve. His changeup needs work, but he does have one. For his three-year career at Southern Arkansas, Simpson went 35-2 with a 2.39 ERA. He struck out 323 batters in 271 innings. He walked 113 in his career, but he showed better command each season. So far, he's drawn a lot of comparisons to Roy Oswalt, who I might add was a 23rd round pick in 1996.
Agree or disagree with today's picks. But turn down the rhetoric. No one in the Cubs front office is trying to intentionally make the team worse. Nor are any of them above criticism. But respect other points of view and admit that you don't have all the answers either. (I know I don't).
And remember. None of the guys chosen have done anything to disappoint the team yet. We hope that each and everyone of them do make the Show, even if we know that's not possible. We should all support them unconditionally today on what should be one of the biggest days of their lives.