The problem wasn’t Pujols. The problem was the previous at-bat. We should know better than this. We played like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing, embarrassing for the team, for the owners, for the fans. Embarrassing. That’s the word for this team.
We should know better than this, we should know better than we did on the field. We should know that Ryan Theriot is not a good fastball hitter. We should know that as a team. We should play better here. We stinks. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
Wow Carlos, you said a mouthful. Yes Carlos, you stinks. Yes Carlos, the problem wasn’t Albert Pujols. Yes Carlos, your teammate, Carlos Marmol, should have thrown a fastball instead of the slider Ryan Theriot deposited into the left field corner to blow the save and your win. Yes Carlos, you played like a Triple-A team. Yes Carlos, this is embarrassing for the team, the owners, and the fans. And yes Carlos, you should know better than this.
It’s hard to argue with any of the points you made to the media after the Cubs let Pujols beat them for the second-consecutive day on walk-off home runs [a little side note to add insult to injury: that just happens to be the first time that a National Leaguer has hit walk-off home runs in consecutive games since Ron Santo pulled it off for the Cubs in 1966—guh].
But Carlos, what you fail to understand is that those kind of comments to the media don’t help the situation. Those truths are self-evident—so what is your point? The only purpose your incendiary statements could possibly have is to add fuel to the funeral pyre of the 2011 Cubs’ season.
Despite your apology to Marmol today, it’s also clear that, whether you meant it or not, those comments are burning the bridge between you and the entire Cubs Nation. It’s time for a change. Everyone is sick of your antics and we’re ready to move on.
But the ball is in your court since you have a no-trade clause. So go ahead, waive the clause and demand a trade. You’ve actually got some trade value left and it’s obvious it’s time for the Cubs to rebuild and move on without you.
That’s all I’ve got to say.