Every so often, Cubs' scout Dave Littlefield will answer a question from one lucky Cubs' fan. Here is today's question:
Ryan (Galesburg, IL): Not sure how I feel about your hiring, Dave. Your job is to evaluate talent, and during your time in Pittsburgh you managed to cultivate an atrocious minor league system. Why do you feel you're the right fit for the Cubs?
Dave Littlefield: Thanks for writing in, Ryan. There are two main reasons for my hiring. First, Jim Hendry feels that he owes me. When I gave him Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton for Bobby Hill and a bag of cleats, he recognized that I could have traded them to any team for a useless utility infielder, but I chose him. Why? To set myself up for my inevitable firing and subsequent job search. Second, a complete lack of talent such as my own doesn't come around too often. While sitting watching TV in my boxers for the past two months I was able to watch a total of 126 episodes of the reality show "Seinfeld" in an attempt to learn from George's success as a a Yankees' employee. When I stumbled on the episode where he does everything opposite to what he normally does, and succeeded, I knew what I had to do. Imagine, I suggest we draft a certain left-handed pitcher over a sure-fire positional prospect because I think you can't have enough left-handed pitchers. Hendry sees my report and immediately decides to draft the positional prospect, which turns out to be an excellent move. You can't place of a value on this type of ineptitude.