TAKE 2: Cubs' pitching questions dampen optimism
Northwest Herald sports editor Jon Styf and Northwest Herald columnist Tom Musick discuss the Cubs' upcoming season:
Styf: In the movie version of "Moneyball" there's a moment where the David Justice character turns to Jonah Hill on the team plane and asks why players have to pay $1 for soda in the clubhouse. Hill responds, "Billy likes to keep the money on the field," and, when prodded, adds, "sometimes it's hard to see." Now that my re-enactment of the movie (I love it) is over, I do have a point. With the Cubs, coming off a 100-loss season, it's hard to see where the money is going. And it's hard to see any improvement. We can blindly have faith in Theo Epstein because he's smart, but guys like Edwin Jackson aren't making me a believer.
Musick: Great scene. I can assure both you and David Justice that the Cubs offer their players a free collection of sports drinks in the clubhouse. When I covered the team on hot summer afternoons, I used to be tempted to open the fridge and grab a drink when no one was looking. But that was when Carlos Zambrano's locker was a few feet away, and I was worried he might come after me with a bat. I'm with you, though. The Cubs' 2013 payroll will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million, and what will that buy? Sixty-five wins? Seventy? Plus sports drinks, of course.
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