I’m sure everyone else is weighing in on the Carlos Silva situation. I might as well too. I like Silva and thought he pitched well last year, but as Spring Training 2011 has shown, there has been a lot more pitchers that are better than him.
Here’s the thing: Carlos criticized the Cubs for the way they’ve handled him this spring. Last year, Milton Bradley was made an example. History repeats itself.
The Cubs have a business to run. They have a World Series to win. They have to provide quality entertainment for the millions of fans who lineup at the gates, tune in to the radio and tv and purchase all the memorabilia that their basements can fill. That’s professional sports.
Carlos Silva is not acting professional. There are plenty of kids who attend spring camps with hopes of wearing the same uniform as one of their heroes. In this case, Silva was out played and underachieved. Get over it, move on and play somewhere else.
I would rather have a young kid up on the mound proving to everyone and himself why he should be there. If he loses, who cares? As long as he tries, he will get better and he will earn the respect of the fans.
In this case, we have Cashner, Mateo and Coleman who want that job more badly than Silva and most importantly, they’re not whiners.
Jim Hendry said it best,”He seems to make a continual habit of blaming everybody but himself”