I think it is going to come down more on the players than on Lou. They have to have the fire in their bellies to get it done. I felt that fire more, as a fan, going into last year than this year. The players have so much more to prove. They have proved that they can come back from unprobable odds, they can win close to 100 games, but they have yet to show us that they can overcome the fear of failure in the playoffs and get it done.
I have had issues with Lou for awhile. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy and I do believe that if he gets all his pieces lined up in the right way, he is the one who can get it done in the end. However, the game has changed so much since he has first begun in baseball, and sometimes it seems as if he refuses to change with it.
We are definately in a weaker division. That's good for our chances at more wins, but will it help the guys maintain a competitive attitude? We can play tons of games against teams like the Pirates and Reds, but what happens then when we have to face the teams in harder and more competitve divisions, will they have that edge?
I'm not going to get really concerned or worked up until I have seen the team that will be on the field Opening Day on a consistent basis. Right now, it has to be hard to get that feeling when you still have occasional guys in the lineup I've never heard of before. Not to mention facing guys that we've never seen or heard of before either.
These guys have a lot to prove, in my eyes, and it is going to take ALOT to gain my 100% confidence in them again.
Baseball season's underway...
So you'd better get ready for a brand new day
Hey Chicago whattya say?