The first farewell of this 2012 season has come early, as Marlon Byrd was dealt to Boston for relief pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named later on Saturday.
I’m not sure what the initial reaction to this deal was like among Cubs fans, as I was off the map, so to speak, over the weekend. If I had to make an educated guess, though, I’d say there was plenty of snarkasm involved. The fact that we all knew a deal involving Marlon was imminent combined with his having had a very poor start to 2012 lead me to conclude that few fans will have been sad to see him go.
To these, I simply say “pooh-pooh”.
I, myself, am not in tears or any such thing. But you know me. I must insist on showering all departing Cubs with love, respect, and well-wishes. Marlon Byrd is no exception. Why should he be? He was a wholely likable fellow. He entertained us with several years of above-average play. He was an all-star (remember that?) And the web-gems! Oh, the web gems…
For the services he rendered us, and for his winning personality, I feel obliged to say thanks to Mr. Byrd, to wish him all the best with the Red Sox, and to serenade him with the traditional Muppety song.
So long, Marlon.