Cubs Crystal Ball looks Clearer. Bye Bye Barney

San Diego Padres v Chicago Cubs

It’s amazing what a day can do. The Cubs designated Darwin Barney For Assignment, Anthony Rizzo became the National League Home Run leader and Arismendy Alcantara decided on his own that he wants to remain a Cub as the NorthSiders toppled the Padres 6-0. Wow!

Kyle Hendricks received his first win as well. Now, I’m not looking into a crystal ball, but suddenly things are looking a lot clearer than they have in the past. Nobody likes to be a “Told You So” either, but if you nice folks have been following closely, you would have saw that The Canuck Cubbie foretold Darwin Barney’s departure.

But nobody likes a “Told You So” right?

“We’re starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “‘Mendy’ coming up is helpful. The way Rizzo and [Starlin] Castro are playing is great. I think, in the not too distant future, [the prospects] will be out there.”

See? I’m not the only one. Hey, it’s a good sign when a player gets a nickname from the GM. That says, “Yeah, you’re in.”

So, what exactly happened to Darwin Barney? I’m reaching out because I honestly don’t have an answer. A former Gold Glove Winner who seemingly could do no wrong on the other side of the plate, just couldn’t hit the freakin’ ball this season. Never a power hitter, his AVG never reached .250 but he was just plain bad. To be fair to the guy, he was still great on defence, but I don’t know, there was something missing this year.

Welcome to the big leagues Mr. Hendricks, your first win is out of the way and many more to come.

“It’s definitely a day to remember,” Hendricks said. “It’s definitely the best day of my life. First Major League win, it’s what you work for since you were a little kid playing T-ball. I really can’t put it into words — it’s awesome.”

Speaking of T Ball, my son and I were hitting Wiffles in the backyard yesterday and for a three year old, Darcy can sure give Rizzo a run for the money. He went yard twice too. I tell you, the kid sure can hit.

Anthony Rizzo takes over the Home Run lead with 25 dingers. Is a possible MVP in the works? Can the Cubs make a turn around and win it all? Will we see a Javier Baez appearance?

I’m looking in the crystal ball, there’s still a lot of smoke. It’s swirling. Wait!! I see pinstripes, I see Ivy, I see lots of people smiling.

That’s all you get.

Believe it.




  1. Rob DMC · July 23, 2014

    Barney’s departure has been long overdue. I liked the guy defensively but that’s all he brought. I kind of wish the Cubs would’ve traded him to the Yankees in the offseason assuming their reported interest was legit.


    • Mark Gauthier · July 23, 2014

      Yeah, the writing was on the wall unfortunately. I liked the guy too, a great team player and stand up guy. There’s just not the room on the club for the talented defender if the Cubs are moving forward which, cross our fingers, is looking very bright all of a sudden. He still could be a Yank if they make a push for the playoffs. What a game though, eh? Rizzo’s a beast! Alcantara was unexpected and that’s a surprise they’ll take.


      • Rob DMC · July 23, 2014

        I hope Alcantara can maintain the momentum. Junior Lake initially started strong but fizzled. I think he’ll be alright though. It’s awesome to think about what this team can be over the next few seasons.

        And I’ll miss Barney, as he was a good guy and a decent leader, as Rizzo moved up to take over.


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