Thou shalt not continually swing at the first pitch.
Remember the 10-pitch at-bat and keep it holy.
Honor thy Sabremetrics that thy WHIP be low.
Thou shalt not kill thy farm system by trading four prospects for one starter.
Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s aging slugger.
Just wait. That’s the job of a Cubs fan right now. Sorry, but it’s the truth, despite the hogwash the owner is spouting.
The waiting should be worth it. I know it’s early, but in seven games at Iowa, first baseman Anthony Rizzo was hitting .333 with 9 homers and 18 RBIs and a crazy on-base-plus slugging percentage of 1.046. Second baseman Adrian Cardenas was hitting .320 and slugging .760. Third baseman Josh Vitters had an OBP of .500.
The Cubs already have their major-league shortstop --- or maybe not, what with Starlin Castro’s attention span --- but when you go around the horn like that in the Cubs’ farm system, you see why you have to live with the major-league stink now.
And for a while.
Here's the deal, my emailing friend Tom Hamilton: See ya in 2014.