Here’s Your RSBS Democracy

Axl Ali.jpgWell, “they” were wrong about something. Guns N’ Roses have officially released “Chinese Democracy” but the People’s Republic of China is still, well, the People’s Republic of China. Nice work, Axl. “Chinese Democracy” did come along before Chinese democracy. Sometimes proving the other guys wrong is a victory in and of itself.

Sadly, my good friend Mr. Lung is no Axl Rose. Now, god love him, he sure tries and you would think from his tag line (“Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right”) that he is often right. But, that would make you just as wrong as the anonymous “they.” Simply saying something doesn’t make it true.

For instance, if you were to ask Mr. Lung about Lou Piniella winning the NL Manager of the Year award this year, he’d say something like, “And how is it that Lou Piniella received the Manager of the Year Award?” I know this because that is exactly what he did say earlier this month. Now, I didn’t address this somewhat egregious statement at the time but I feel it is only fair to do so now.

The fact of the matter is that Lou deserved that award. Yes, he had a great team given to him and yes, there were very high expectations. But he also proved his managerial chops in navigating a way through those high salaries and high-strung temperaments. He made a bold and at first maligned move by switching Kerry Wood to closer and it ended up paying off huge dividends. He found a way to work around Soriano’s injuries and even packed away Michael Barrett when it became obvious that he and Zambrano couldn’t be in the same clubhouse. For charting those waters while in the glare of the Chicago media alone I’d say he deserved the award, not to mention the best record in the NL and a second consecutive playoff berth.

So, Mr. Lung, I guess my advice to you is to leave the boasts and the idle threats to those who do them best. You, my friend, are no Hugo Chavez nor should you aspire to be.




  1. thegoodofthegame

    I agree Jeff, and bravo Julia. Lou deserved getting the award.

    I still think ALL voting on ALL awards should include playoffs. But that’s just me.

    He did a great job, but all Cubs fans know that “good” isn’t good enough on the north side. He’s still got an uphill climb ahead of him. If anyone’s up for the job, though, it’s Lou.

  2. redstatebluestate

    Well, Jane, I hate to break it to ya, but that would be BAD news for A-Rod. Oh, and Allen is ALWAYS wrong. That’s just how he rolls.

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Jeff and Allen …

    Best Wishes for a very “Happy Thanksgiving” !!! … And, yes, Allen, I agree with you: Lou Piniella deserved to win the National League Manager of the Year Award !!! … “Sweet Lou” was always one of my favorite players when he was a member of the New York Yankees; and, now, he still is one of the best Managers in the game today … Enjoy the “Hot Stove League” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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