Well, Michael Barrett over the weekend sucker punched AJ Pierzynski in the face, uniting the whole Cubs team and completely turning our season around. Right?
Not so much. It was an overreaction on Barrett’s part, and he should clearly be suspended, thereby removing one of the only solid hitters on the Cubs and replacing him with a guy who bats about half of what he weighs (Henry Blanco for those following at home). It’s not looking good.
However, one quick thing I do want to say from the fight. I will not defend Barrett, as it was a dumb move, and he admitted that. But AJ Pierzynski is a dickweed, okay. I don’t think he should have been thrown out of the game (but I can understand why the umps did – to calm the situation) and he should not be suspended nor fined, but he’s still a dickweed. Once again, I’m not saying Barrett was right, but I’ve heard a whole lot of defending Pierzynski and his character, and how the Cubs are clearly attacking him. He has a reputation for a reason. Just like Zambrano has a reputation for losing his temper (because he does!). So everyone, stop trying to stick up for AJ and say he doesn’t “mean to instigate” because he does. He’s the Rasheed Wallace of baseball.
That’s just my feeling, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s on the White Sox (I actually like the White Sox). And I’ve grown increasingly jealous as I watch my beloved Cubs fall more and more apart. Every time I think maybe we’ll break out of this funk (for example, we come back to beat the defending champion White Sox), we just don’t (only to get whipped by the ridiculously bad Marlins the next day). I just don’t even know what to say anymore. Bad fundamentals, bad pitching, bad hitting, bad coaching. I know it’s still early and there’s a vague possibility that a miracle could happen and we could turn it around, but I don’t know when I’ve seen a team this bad completely turn it around.
Hopefully it’ll just teach Hendry some valuable lessons for the offseason. Such as, pick up free agents who are getting to the top of their game, not ones who are declining that you hope can be back to the form they were three years ago. Pierre, Jones, Burnitz, Nomar (though I liked the move at the time), Wade Miller (we’ll see if this pans out yet), Scott Williamson, Neifi Perez (I can’t stress this one enough). Don’t let this list get any bigger.