I know how bad the Cubs are. But for some reason I like this team. Not just the Cubs. The 2012 Cubs. I know, I know. I'm crazy.
I understand the need for free agency but I have always been partial to homegrown talent. Granted, my favorite player, Ryne Sandberg, wasn't homegrown but he was with the team for a long time. I recently started following Minor League baseball a lot more closely and I want these guys to succeed.
The Starlin Castros. The Darwin Barneys. The Tony Campanas. The Jeff Samardzijas. I think they can have a core group of perennial All-Stars in the very near future and maybe even be a powerhouse as these guys mature. If they don't sell off the team for pieces in the meantime. There's a great group of guys waiting in the wings too. I really think so. I know, I know. I'm crazy. Blinded.
And this may be even crazier still, but I want to see Castro and Barney become the next Sandberg and Dunston.
Kessinger and Beckert.
Maybe even the next Trammell and Whitaker.
And Tony Campana is just exciting to watch.
Beats out ground balls to 2nd base? Really? Awesome.