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The Tribune Comments Continue to be a Cesspool

Carlos Zambrano said after winning his 100th game last night that he’s going to retire at the end of his contract. Why? “You know how many Mother’s Days I haven’t spent with my mother? Twelve. You know how many things I’ve been [missing] in my life? It’s good to be here, it’s good to play baseball. But in five years. … I will retire.”

So he would like to spend time with his family. You’d think that was laudable. Obviously you’ve never spent time in the Tribune comments section! According to “GA Cubs Fan,” you’d be wrong:

And Carlos, PLEASE stop talking. All of us miss important times due to work and other committments, all while earning a HECK of a lot less than you. I hope medical people and emergency workers are working should you need them during “special times”.

You see, if you make a lot of money you should love your mom less. Maybe, GA Cubs Fan, Carlos thinks his job isn’t as important as being a doctor or a firefighter? I don’t know, chew on that for a little.

“One Eye Covered,” though, knows that missing 12 mother’s days isn’t a big deal:

Missed 12 mothers day? Come on. Something tells me she doesnt mind. I wish this guy would just shut up and pitch. Before, during and after the game. Just zip it.

Perhaps this commenter has great insight into whether Carlos’s mom would like to spend mother’s days with him. I have some doubts.

Finally, there’s this gem from John Anthony of Dixon, Missouri:

Good, please go. That would make it one less bum who speaks broken English. Eat another cheeseburger and get outta the country. Go back to where you belong!

John hates foreigners! They’re always coming to this country and taking jobs that hardworking Americans can do, like throwing 95 mile-per-hour fastballs and hitting home runs!

Bad news, John. Carlos is staying when he retires.

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The Arrogance of Jeff Dickerson

I didn’t get to see the game tonight. But I happened to catch a little of Jeff Dickerson’s show on AM 1000 tonight in the car. That was a mistake. I heard Dickerson say the following things:

1) Fukudome got caught looking at strike three right down broadway. Here’s the Gameday screenshot from the at-bat we’re talking about:picture-71

Is that a strike? Sure. Should Kosuke have swung at it with two strikes? Absolutely. Is that right down broadway? Not really, it was a breaking pitch that came back over the inner third of the plate. It’s not like he’s the only guy who would have gotten fooled by that.

2) After Gregg gave up his home run to Jay Bruce: the Cubs have a “soft-throwing” closer. The pitch Bruce hit out was a 92-mph fastball. That looks to be about the average fastball Gregg threw tonight. That fastball has served him plenty well in his major league career, given that he strikes out over 8 per nine innings.

3) But the thing that upset me the most: Dickerson started talking about Dusty Baker, and one of his complaints was that Baker would throw players under the bus, in his words. That he was always quick to blame players but wouldn’t take responsibility for the team himself. When his co-host pressed him on this, Dickerson basically said that Baker owed the fans that, and there always seemed to be a kind of arrogance about Baker.

Bullshit.

The job of a baseball team’s manager is to help the team win games. The manager’s job is not to make the fans happy. The manager owes you nothing. It bothered me when Dusty brought his kid to press conferences in what seemed like a blatant attempt to avoid criticism, but I don’t think he owed me sitting up there and taking abuse.

It’s not arrogant for a manager not to fall on his sword for the players when he has a team as bad as the 2006 Cubs were. What’s arrogant is some asshole with very little idea what he’s talking about casting aspersions on other people’s performance and thinking he’s owed anything.

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