Every year in every sport people rise above the cream of the crop and become the new favorites in a sport, and others show their true colors and become the newest Milton Bradley in their respective league. Now it takes quite a bit to reach Milton’s level, but there are some guys on the Junior circuit who may be big enough closet assholes to come out and win this award. Now for me to pick this I’m probably going to pick someone I just effing hate, see Ozzie Guillen, but to truly win it you have to be hated for good reason, and generally hold your team’s head under water as though you’re baptizing them.
Admittedly, I am a Cubs fan. I am not trying to hide it. Its not all I am going to talk about but make no mistake I love this team and hate this team and really enjoy complaining about this team. So get used to it. Really, everyone should enjoy Cubs talk even if you aren’t a fan. Who doesn’t like to watch a group of frustrated people collectively curse and pull their hair out for six months a year? (Notice I am not counting October)
Ok, now that that is out of the way we can get to the important stuff. Baseball people understand how team oriented this game is. I know that much of the game is made up of little individual battles (batter v. pitcher, pitcher v. runner, manager v. manager, and on and on) but every team as a whole has a kind of chemistry to it whether its good or bad. The teams that have good chemistry seem to win more than the others. That’s just the way it goes.
Take the Red Sox teams in the mid 00’s. Manny popping his head in an out of the scoreboard while everyone laughed and Big Papi’s gigantic smile are the images that pop into my head when I think about that team. They seemed to really enjoy being around each other and that transferred to the field. This isn’t a new idea. Remember the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates of ’79 (I don’t actually “remember” because I wasn’t alive yet but you get the point). Read more…