I've never been great with deadlines. As a habitual procrastinator with an atrocious memory, I often leaves tasks until the very last minute. Obviously, this often causes timing issues. Back during my school days, I sometimes had to beg a teacher or professor for mercy after forgetting to turn in a project on the appointed day or just missing an online submission deadline by minutes as a result of my last-minute rushing. I may have once completely forgotten to do a semester's worth of online assignments until the last week of classes and lied my ass off... errmm... convinced myself and my prof that an unreliable internet connection was the culprit behind my tardiness. I'm not particularly proud of that fib, but I only got half credit and it did save me from failing the class, in the end.
Furthermore, anyone who has been reading this blog over the past few years has noticed my issue with timeliness and the absurdity of 2020 only exacerbated that problem. In fact, when it comes to documenting new Cubs added to my Cubs All-Time Roster Collection during this abbreviated season, I missed just about everything that happened here on Wrigley Roster Jenga. Six plus months of missed content? Now, that's a series of blown deadlines that no amount of groveling would have fixed, back in the day.
Last summer, the Cubs were caught in the throes of contention; but, after a blazing hot start, the team had started to revert to the mean. With a flawed roster that needed upgrading if they wanted to stay on top in the NL Central, Theo Epstein worked with the budget limitations imposed on him by the front office and used his last trade deadline with the team to try and patch up some of those holes. As it turned out, none of these last minute moves of desperation did much to turn around the team's slow spiral. Maybe waiting until the last minute - like in school or blogging - was, in fact, waiting until it was too late?
That being said, Theo was able to get four moves made before the stroke of midnight - or 4pm eastern - on trade deadline day; so, he did better than I often did with ultimatums. That's why these trades were consummated and this blog post is... well past the deadline!
|Giving his body up for a win or reciting the pledge of allegiance with kidney stones... you decide.|
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