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Cubs-O-Meter: From Donuts To OK

The Cubs-O-Meter reflects how I’m feeling about the Cubbies at any given time. The name pays homage to the famous Shawon-O-Meter of Cubs days gone by.

This morning I set the Cubs-O-Meter to “I need a donut and a hug” because Edwin Jackson is so horrible. This tidbit sent me over the edge.

And then because the Cubs are a loving organization they put EJax on the DL with a severe case of suckitis. There is a Santa Clause! So I’m moving the meter up a notch to “I’m fine, really I’m fine.” You read that like you’re responding to your mom asking you if you are OK after you just lost the big game. Your annoyed and tough and about to cry at the same time.

As for Jackson, I know I write about how the losing helps draft position, but a loss like last night just leaves a hangover that lasts for a while. Jackson was horrible. That’s not even a strong enough adjective. How about pathetic, wretched, putrid. There we go.

In honor of pegging the meter to “I need a donut…” check out this Classic Jim Gaffigan clip.

Where would you set your Cubs-O-Meter? Leave a comment and/or tweet to #CubsOMeter.

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Jackson Wins Even When He Loses

Edwin Jackson can afford to say all the right things … literally. His mediocrity has been rewarded with over $51 million in career earnings, and the Cubs are on the hook for another $22 million in the next two seasons.

So what does he care if he gets traded. He’s a mercenary, and not a very good one at that. If he took part in the 100 Years War it would have been over in five, and he would have definitely been on the losing side. But he would have taken his cash and moved on to the next sucker.

Let’s take a look at what he said last night after giving up five earned runs to see his ERA balloon to 5.68 before he left with hand cramps.

“I think I’ve always looked at it the same,” Jackson said, according to ESPN.com. “It’s one of those things that you can’t worry about and you can’t control. That’s pretty much been my take on it since the first time that I’ve been traded. I’ve been traded after All-Star years. I’ve been traded after subpar seasons. I’ve been traded after bad seasons. I’ve been traded in the middle of seasons. Most of the time when you see people get traded, they go to a playoff contending team, so all trades aren’t bad.

“At the present time, I’m right here with Chicago, and that’s what I’m focusing on. I’m not really focusing too far down the road.”

It’s generic “this is what I’m supposed to say” stuff, but he doesn’t sound too broken up, right? That’s because he knows that road he’s talking about is paved with gold, not matter how badly he sucks.

I don’t want to pick on Jackson because it’s not his fault that teams are willing to pay him exorbitant amounts of money for being less than average at his chosen profession. Hell, I’d love to get a raise for performing worse at my job than I normally do.

But that doesn’t mean that as fans we have to like it. There’s nothing positive about having these types of players on your favorite team. When I say mercenary, I’m not joking. The Cubs are Jackson’s eighth team.

He was coming off a 10-11 campaign with a 4.03 ERA for Washington — really pedestrian stuff — when the Cubs gave him a four-year, $52 million contract. Usually, as fans we ignore the ridiculous money these players, even bad players, make in professional sports. At your own job, it would drive you crazy if some stiff made 25 times more than you do for the same job. But we’re obsessed with our teams and suspend that reality.

Not with contracts like Jackson’s. From the get-go, most fans wondered why someone so average could make so much money. Then he went out and lost a league-leading 18 games. This year he just stinks, no other way to say it.

Now what? Baseball history tells us that some team will take him off the Cubs’ hands. The Yankees really want to make the playoffs in Derek Jeter’s last season and desperately need starting pitching. They’ll convince themselves, like eight other teams did, that Jackson has great stuff and just needs the right team to harness it.

Theo and Co. will have to pay a big chunk of the salary to make it happen, and Cubs fans will bitch that the EJax Experience happened at all but will be happy that he’s gone.

And how will Jackson feel? Fine. The big fat numbers on the checks don’t change, just the name of the sucker paying them.

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Thanks Edwin For The Life Lesson

On this Sunday, church going day for many, I’d like to personally thank Edwin Jackson for instilling in me a tremendous sense of humility.

You see, I’ve been feeling too good about the Cubs. Watching the likes of Kris Bryant and Javier Baez hit bombs in the minors, Arismendy Alcantara come up and hit in the majors, the Jeff Samardzija trade that netted a top 10 prospect in Addison Russell and add in the fact that his name is Addison, well, I’ve been feeling fate do a slow turn away from despair for Cubdom.

But now I just feel dumb. I was getting ahead of myself, and it took good old Edwin to remind me that for now these are still the lovable losers. How else to explain a guy with a $52 million contract getting shellacked like, no worst than, one of the young pitching call-ups who the Cubs are feeding to the wolves in this time of rebuilding.

Everyone can talk about how the ball was flying out of Wrigley on Saturday, but a good pitcher, a $52 mill pitcher gives up four runs in that circumstance, not nine. A stiff with an ERA on its way to 6.00 gives up nine. And he gives up a homer to the opposing pitcher! Ugh.

But what did anyone expect? Look at the guy’s lifetime stats. He had a few decent years with the White Sox, a good season with St. Louis (who hasn’t?) and the rest of the time he’s pretty much been what the Cubs have now — a guy who seems to have great stuff, who teases with a few decent starts or a few decent innings, but who then gets hammered like a wino in the gutter.

For a front office that now preaches doing things the right way, “The Cubs Way,” building from the bottom up, Edwin is so Hendry era. He’s an underachieving, overpaid veteran. Nothing more, nothing less. How many of those have we seen on Clark and Addison over the years?

But hey, you’ve got to know where you came from to get where you’re going. We Cubs fan have a history of futility, frustration and broken promises. We dream of a brighter future where promise is fulfilled, futility turns to success and frustration is transformed into joy.

But we’re not there yet. Edwin reminded us. Didn’t some wise person once say that it’s the Edwins of the world that you keep you honest? Or was it “Mommas, don’t let your sons grow up to be Edwins?” I can’t remember.

Anyway, the best part of this exercise in humility is that Edwin has likely proven once and for all to any potential Cubs trading partners that he’s not worth a Little Leaguer, let alone a minor league prospect. So thanks for that. I had grandiose visions of another trade that helps build a better future.

What was I thinking?

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