Come To Think of It: Cubs Make Gerald Perry Scapegoat for Offensive Woes

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IJune 15, 2009

So, now we know it was former Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry's fault all along. And here we thought the blame belonged to the GM, manager, and players.

How silly of us.

Look, here's the proof: The Cubs call up Von Joshua from Iowa to replace Perry and, boom! The Cubs beat the Twins.

If that's not enough proof for you, the Cubs' offense exploding for three runs on eight hits should be all the evidence you need.

Alright, I'm being sarcastic. You caught me.

But hey, I'm the Cubs fan who isn't optimistic enough for some, so I was just trying to look at the bright side for a change.

But, unfortunately, you can't change a tiger's stripes.

Maybe it's because I'm a life-long Southsider, but I actually want my team to win. I'm not satisfied simply indulging in the ambiance and beer at Wrigley Field. I never understood the lure of the lovable losers thing either.

Meanwhile, the Cubbies struggle, and I'm told to have faith.

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Don't worry, they'll turn it around. Everything is fine, they assure me.

Well, perhaps I'm watching a different game than some of you, but I see a club that can't hit. Apparently, Jim Hendry noticed this too, since he fired the hitting coach Sunday morning.

Wasn't it less than one year ago that Perry was receiving much of the credit for the Cubs new-found ability to get on base?

Now, I have no idea if Perry was a good coach or not.

But, like a manager, he's judged by how well the team is doing. For a hitting coach, that is measured by batting average, and the Cubs are hitting .246 as a team.

As the saying goes, you can't fire all the players, so goodbye, Mr. Perry.

Firing Gerald Perry is like applying a band-aid when a tourniquet is required. While it is certainly true that the Cubs' hitters haven't met expectations, isn't Lou Piniella really the batting coach?

Look, it wasn't Perry's idea to go out and sign left-handed hitters just because they happen to hit left-handed, nor was it his suggestion to sign Milton Bradley.

Is it Perry's fault that Geo Soto came into camp fat and with a bum shoulder?

Should we blame Perry for having Derrek Lee as the No. 3 or 4 lineup option, when in reality, he's more likely a No. 6 or 7 hitter at this point?

And, shame on Perry for allowing Aramis Ramirez to get hurt.

The Cubs batted .278 last season—their best average in 71 years—while scoring an NL-leading 855 runs.

Shame on Perry for that too, I suppose.

What's next, blaming the Gatorade dispenser for the antics of Carlos Zambrano?

Spread the blame around Jim and Lou, and oh, by the way, don't forget to include yourselves, come to think of it.


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