Friday, October 01, 2004



CHICAGO -- WGN-TV analyst Steve Stone met Friday with Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail, general manager Jim Hendry and manager Dusty Baker after the broadcaster questioned managerial strategy and criticized the team's approach.


"You want the truth. You can't handle the truth," Stone said. "The truth of this situation is an extremely talented bunch of guys who want to look at all directions except where they should really look and kind of make excuses for what happened.

"At the end of the day, boys, don't tell me how rough the water is, you bring in the ship."

Stone went on to say that the Cubs should have already clinched the NL wild card by six or seven games, instead of trailing by one entering play in the final weekend.

Hooray for Steve Stone.

I've watched the Cubs on WGN for most of this season. The Cubs have lost 6 out of their last 7 games (lost 2 out of 3 to the Mets last weekend, 3 out of 4 to the Reds earlier this week, and lost to the Braves today). They're all but eliminated in the National League Wild Card race, depending on whether the Astros and Giants win tonight.

Stone is dead-on here. There's no reason why the Cubs aren't the N.L. Wild Card. I usually don't like to say a team choked, but let's face it, the Cubs choked. You can't lose 2 out of 3 to the freaking Mets. Hell, you can't lose 3 out of 4 to the mediocre Reds...at WRIGLEY FIELD!

But hearing the players and Dusty Baker complain about Stone's criticism isn't surprising to me. After all, the Cubs and their fans have made plenty of excuses over the past 96 years. Goats, black cats, Steve Bartman, etc.

The Chicago Cubs, never ones to blame themselves. They have to blame Steve f**king Stone for their problems. It figures. No wonder they haven't won anything in the modern era.

Screw the Cubs, the whole lot of them.

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