On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs lost for the last time in 2009. Then they started lining up scapegoats.
First to board the no-expenses paid bus out of Chicago is hitting coach Von Joshua. Of course, he's the second hitting coach to be blamed for the disappointment this year; Gerald Perry was thrown under the bus a couple months ago.
Both Perry and Joshua were professionals about being the person fired for GM Jim Hendry's failures last winter. As any fan knows, it's the hitting coach's fault that Aaron Miles isn't good and Milton Bradley's a clubhouse cancer.
But reality for Cubs fans on this cool, breezy Sunday in early October is that the Bears blew out the Lions, the Blackhawks are a contender for the Stanley Cup, and the new owners of the Cubs have a lot of work to do to fix this team before 2010 gets here.
It's frustrating when it's the hitting coach who loses his job and not the man who put together the roster that failed.