Dear Gary Scott,
What the hell happened to you? I remember before the 1991 season, when you were young and full of life and ready to take on the world and be the Cubs third baseman for years and years. In 1991, you were #39 in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects. I still have the article! After you struggled so much in 1991, by the next year, you had fallen to #76. The year after that, you had fallen to #99. On my list. Of the 126 worst Cubs of my time.
You were supposed to be the next Ron Santo. You were the Cubs’ can’t-miss prospect. Now I hear you’re a real estate salesman?
Why did you do this to me, Gary? I was looking for an answer, and I was greeted with a .160 batting average. I had to wait eleven more years to get a decent third baseman, Gary. Do you have any idea how hard that was on me? Trust me, you don’t want to know, but to give you a hint Shane Andrews (Shane Andrews!) played third at one point. That’s how bad it had gotten. Those were dark times, Gary.
Gary, I know this may be hard for you to hear, but you really disappointed me. My therapist said I needed closure, and he suggested that I write this letter to get it. I’m over you, Gary. I’m with a third baseman now who might hit 40 home runs next year. 40! And he’s actually better in the field than you were.
I hope you don’t take this too hard. It’s better that we let this go, rather than dragging it out even longer than we already have. Take care.
P.S. I couldn’t find a picture of you to remember you by, so I enclosed this picture of Michael Gary Scott from the American version of The Office.
Low Point: Being the Cubs’ “next big thing” and failing to win a starting job over Luis Salazar and Steve Buechele.
Did You Know? You can connect Gary Scott to fellow Bottom 126er Chris Stynes in just two moves. Scott was traded to the Reds for Hector Carrasco. Carrasco was traded by the Reds to the Royals for Chris Stynes. Yep. There’s not a whole lot of things more interesting than that to say about a real estate salesman.