Last week I wrote about how some ex-Cubs were offering unsolicited advice to their former teammates. Well, it seems that GM Jed Hoyer felt the need to comment on what they said, in particular to Matt Garza.
Garza spoke to reporters about how he spoke to Jeff Samardzija and told him to “pitch his way out of there.” He also talked about the atmosphere in the Cubs’ clubhouse. “When you go through three years of constantly hoping (to win) you kind of run out of hope,” Garza said.
Hoyer said on Friday that he was not going to let the comments get to him, but he did feel the need to respond to them. “We have to deal with those comments,” Hoyer said. “I really don’t feel like until we’re winning we can comment on it. It’s his opinion, he expressed it.”
“Garza got his payday,” Hoyer said. “He’s on a team that’s winning. I guess he feels like he’s in a position right now to make comments. It’s on us now to flip that script. To show we’re a place that people want to be. It doesn’t really bother me.”
In addition to what Garza said, David DeJesus talked about how these Cubs lack good veteran leadership. Also, Alfonso Soriano spoke about his former team’s constant rebuilding. “At my age I want to win,” Soriano said. “I don’t want to be part of the future, I want to be part of the present.”
The Cubs could be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. They have won three out of their last four games, including two out of three against the hated St Louis Cardinals. The young arms in the bullpen are hot right now, showing the fans what management thought they could do.
They may not be title contenders, but it was important that the Cubs show some improvement so fans can feel their team is on the right track. If the young guns continue the path they are on now, that is exactly what they will do.