I hope you're happy, beat writers. I hope you find some sick pleasure in running another Cubs legend out of town by crucifying him with broken prose. Maybe you live in some alternate universe where it's okay to violate a man's privacy and print things like his baseball stats and the lack of influence he has on a team's ability to win, but I expect better from the society I live in. But my own values of treating others with dignity and grace have no consequence in the cutthroat media machine in Chicago. Nope. Blake DeWitt is no longer a Chicago Cub. Well, technically he was designated for assignment, but we all know what that means: banished from the hallowed halls of Wrigley because the Tribune, the Sun Times, the Daily Herald, Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and other sour-hearted media bullies of their ilk carried out their vendetta against another hardworking go-getter. They all apparently feel entitled to print whatever they want about the man, no matter who it hurts, no matter how deep the blade of reckless truth may cut.
What really sickens me is that the Cubs are trashing him as well. In their official press release, they pull no punches. The weak of stomach are advised to turn away:
DeWitt, 26, batted .265 (61-for-230) with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI in 121 games with the Cubs last year, his first full season with the club after being acquired from the Dodgers on July 31, 2010. He is a career .260 hitter (283-for-1,087) in 404 major league games with the Dodgers (2008-10) and the Cubs (2010-present).
The man has a family. Have these people no decency? How is DeWitt supposed to find a job when his former team spews bile about his personal performance? Disgusting. I can only hope the team, the media, and fellow Cubs fans can learn their lesson, finally, that it does no one any good to pay attention to how well any of these players do on the field. That's not what this is about. It's about heart, and I'm pretty sure Blake DeWitt has one. I wish I could say the same thing about everyone in Chicago.
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Fun but not funny
I just can't laugh today. Not without Blake.