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Cubs GM Jim Hendry Is A Master Of The Obvious


You have to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to put oneĀ  past Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. With his Cubbies 9 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and 8.5 back in the wild card race, Hendry admitted the Cubs have “failed miserably” over the past few weeks and then proceeded to blow everybody’s mind when he suggested that in the upcoming ten straight games at Wrigley, the Cubs better have a “great” homestand.

“We got to get going. We’re running out of time. We need a great homestand and to get some help from other people. We put ourselves in the spot we’re in,” Hendry said.

Ya think? Ladies and gentlemen, it’s insight like this that helps you rise to the senior ranks in the Chicago Cubs organization. Clearly, I’m busting his balls for a somewhat innocuous comment, but come on. Your team is nine games back with 39 left to play. Not only do the Cubs need a good homestand, they need a good road trip after that, need to come back and have another good homestand and then go back out on the road and play well.

I’m surpised he didn’t go with a Tim McCarver-ism and say, “We’re going to have to win more games than the Cardinals over the rest of the season if we’re going to have any hope in catching them.”

Oh, and by the way, the Cubs got hammered last night by the Nationals 15-6 in Carlos Zambrano’s return from the disabled list, so the homestand really didn’t get off to the “great” start Hendry probably hoped to see. Oops.

Cubs GM says sliding team needs ‘great’ homestand [Sporting News/AP]