There’s a couple of old sayings that go like this; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and the other one being, ‘Manny Being Manny” In the Chicago Cubs case, both will apply this season.
The Chicago Cubs are a broken team. In the last five years, they’ve finished fifth place in the National League Central or next to last(But nobody really counted the Astros now, did they? What, I’m joking!)
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were brought in to not just put a band aid on the team, but down right strip them to the core, slap some Ozonol on that wound and get them back in the game. So, Theo took Jed aside and said to him in the meetings,
“Listen buddy, The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since before the Titanic’s maiden voyage and the last time they’ve been to the World Series, Casablanca just left the theatres, by the way Jed, that was my Uncle that wrote it.”
Now that plan is coming to fruition. The Cubs have hired Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant. This is good, because with a team that has a history of curses and College of Coaches, hiring Manny is the smartest thing that could happen to the organization. Ok well, hiring Joe Maddon, signing Dexter Fowler, Miguel Montero, Jon Lester and don’t forget that awesome stable of young talent that is poised to knock the leather off the rubber this season was the smartest thing Theo Epstein has done.
Manny Ramirez has won two World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox(Hey Stephen King, that offer still stands.) which is two more than the Cubs have won in the last 100 years.
Epstein doesn’t doubt Ramirez’s work ethic. This is a chance to redeem himself but most importantly, to redeem the Cubs and be apart of something extraordinary.
“Manny got rave reviews from everybody he worked with [at Iowa], from the young hitters he helped influence to the coaches who he spent a lot of time around,” Epstein said. “He was very open and honest with guys about what not to do from his past and lessons he learned along the way. He was a huge asset, and we were really hopeful of the possibility of bringing him back.”
Whether they win or lose the championship, this year’s edition of the Cubs is going to be something special.