There is almost a sense of euphoria on the North Side these days. Despite coming off another embarrassing season in which the team's ace Carlos Zambrano was suspended and the highest paid player, Alfonso Soriano, hit just .244, the new regime headed by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer has the fans buzzing.
People may ask why, or how, Cubs fans remain so loyal to their franchise? Maybe it's because just when you're about to give up hope, they find a way to pull you back in and now you're in even deeper than you were before.
That's at least how I feel at this point. Coming into 2011, it was pretty apparent that we were taking chances on some good young players, both in the lineup and in the starting rotation. I was prepared to sit tight and ride out the storm, so to speak, in hopes that maybe one or two guys would emerge as legitimate players. It did not pan out that way.
Theo Epstein is no newbie. He knows what he is doing and he is refined his craft once, twice, three times over by now. When Epstein joined the Red Sox in 2002, he made several small moves that would emerge as short-term options. Todd Walker, Gabe Kapler, and Kevin Millar all were acquisitions in his first year at the helm.
But his biggest move came almost a year after taking the job in Boston, when he traded four prospects to the Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling.
Let's clear the smoke in the air and get the latest pulse on Prince Fielder.