Wednesday, June 23, 2004
What in the world are the Cubs doing with this guy? Michael Barrett is playing as well as any catcher in baseball! He's young, and dammit he can play a hundred forty games this year. But NOOOOO, we have to trot Paul Crapping Bako out there every third game.
Granted, Bako wasn't supposed to play at all today. Barrett, whose attitude problems are well known, was tossed in the seventh for standing between the umpire and Kent Mercker.
I swear, every time Bako comes up in an important situation, I always think, "Well, maybe this is it. Maybe it's Bako's time to shine!" Never again. Bako comes up, I leave the room. I'm in the garage burning an effigy.