Michael Barrett: complete fuck-up
Does this sound familiar, Cubs fans? From Padres.com:
SAN DIEGO — Frustrations reached a boiling point on Sunday for the Padres.
They lost their third consecutive game and are now 4-10 since the All-Star break. Their offense has been missing of late, as they’ve only plated eight runs in their last four games. They were shut out for the second time this week with a 9-0 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. To top it off, manager Bud Black and catcher Michael Barrett were ejected in the fifth inning.
Yeah – a lot like how it used to be when Barrett was a Cub! Now he’s got himself a 1 game suspension and the Padres don’t look to be as much of a playoff lock anymore since the Barrett-Bowen trade in June.
Here is what the San-Diego Union Tribune said after the trade:
By liberating embattled catcher Michael Barrett from the Chicago Cubs yesterday, Padres evaluators say they bought low and sold high.
Ahh… you wish. I could go into detail about how the Padres record and starting pitcher ERAs are complete shit with Barrett behind the plate, but if you really want to know you should read this blog article that spells it out just beautifully.
Since the Cubs pathetic 2006 season Jim Hendry has actually made some pretty helpful moves. But seriously, was dumping Barrett on the Padres the best trade for the Cubs since Hee Seop Choi and Mike Nannini for Derrek Lee? Or at least the best “addition by subtraction” since exiling Sammy while bringing Fontenot over, paving the way for the Theriot-Fontenot World Series winning* infield revival.
Depending on how the Cubs end the 2007 season, it may turn out to be the best move in Cubs history.
*college world series but it counts.