Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Billy Williams

I'm glad Williams got a statue because I think he's a good guy and he was a great ballplayer, but I can't help feeling like the honors being bestowed by the Cubs are just a sad reflection on the team. The Cubs have sucked long and hard, and yet they keep retiring numbers and erecting statues for the guys who have played during this era of sucking. There were great Cubs in the first half of the 20th century who played on pennant-winning and even World Series-winning teams, guys enshrined in Cooperstown before new team owner Tom Ricketts was born. Why are we clinging to guys like Williams, Jenkins, and Maddux when they only remind us how badly their teams played?

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