COMMENTARY | Regardless of the inappropriate comments Chicago Cubs' third baseman Ian Stewart recently unloaded via Twitter, it is an easy admittance that Stewart has had a tough tenure with the Cubs. And it hasn't been entirely his fault. His lacking performance -- think .164 average in Triple-A -- has been a huge contributor as to why he lost his roster spot on the major-league roster, but getting buried on the depth chart was out of his control.
So his frustration came out in a Twitter tantrum. It baffles me why so many people take to Twitter to voice these types of things. If you're going to say something that you know is going to get you into trouble, you may as well get more than 140 characters while you do it. Either way, he ended up with a suspension because of it.
His frustrations are understandable and he already apologized for the comments, but for someone who has had a tough go of baseball the last few years -- where uncertainty has been the flavor of the day --these comments probably help solidify Stewart's impending departure after this season. If anything, the Twitter misstep actually gave Stewart some certainty for a change: No way do the Cubs hang onto him after this season. I am not convinced they would have anyway, but now they really won't.
Stewart also claimed that Cubs manager Dale Sveum has some type of vendetta against him: "I think Dale doesn't like me and he's running the show." While that feels like a case of childish frustration getting the best of Stewart, this is not the first time I have heard this type of thing about Sveum. A former major league player volunteered in my area and he spoke of an instance where Sveum told him something similar and that he wasn't going to play (and this player, unlike Stewart, had decent stats).
But before I actually start sounding like I'm giving credence or defense to Stewart's little tantrum I'll say that you can leave personal feelings out of it; Stewart's performance has been awful since coming to the Cubs. Even if Dale Sveum does have something against Ian Stewart, Stewart's sub-.200 batting average, injuries, and poor overall performance have been responsible for his one-way ticket to Triple-A.
It's hard to feel sorry for the guy, though. Stewart himself said (via Twitter, of course) in response to a fan who told him he should quit baseball, "Why should I quit? I'm making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting."
That's true, but it kind of feels like Stewart quit baseball a while ago.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs follower. Living in Illinois his entire life has given him a chance to closely follow and report Chicago sports as a freelance writer through Yahoo! Contributor and Yahoo! Sports . He is also a senior in college majoring in English and Creative Writing.
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