When Micah Hoffpauir hit that home run, boy were things feeling good. I hope you turned off the game just then.
Month: June 2009
The strange, strange Cubs rumor that won’t die. The Chicago Cubs are still interested in signing Pedro Martinez to join the bullpen or maybe even the rotation. And apparently it’s all Rich Harden’s fault. Watching right-handed pitcher Rich Harden struggle with his command has made the team’s management group a little nervous as of late. […]
Lots of hits. Lots of walks. Great pitching. And a loss.
Donald Fehr has led the MLB players union for some 26 years, and before March of next year, he’ll step down. Subject to approval by the union’s executive board, he will be succeeded by union general counsel Michael Weiner, his longtime heir apparent. Weiner will head negotiations heading into the expiration of the current labor […]
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker now has the dubious distinction of having managed two of the most notorious busted steroid users – Barry Bonds with the San Francisco Giants and Sammy Sosa with the Chicago Cubs. I suppose that label could also be placed now on Joe Torre, having managed Alex Rodriguez with the Yankees […]
I know it’s just a makeup game, but it’s still, um, a real game. Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to sit some regulars today against the Atlanta Braves – the makeup of a rain out. One regular? Two Regulars? THREE regulars? Early indications are that Lou is thinking he’ll sit Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, […]
Pfft. Sure, they won. But where’s the walk-off?
The Chicago Cubs placed reliever Angel Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with muscle soreness, just a day after he looked excellent pitching a couple innings in a 13-inning Cubs win. Guzman might have needed only a week to recuperate, but with rain outs costing them their scheduled off day today, the Cubs opted to […]
Now that the Tribune Company is threatening to (maybe actually already has) open up discussions on selling the Cubs to someone other than Tom Ricketts, you can admit that there was a tiny little murmur within your soul that yearned for Mark Cuban to re-enter the picture. Well stop it. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban […]
A further update on third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s rehab, and a possible return date. Aramis Ramirez will begin taking batting practice in the next few days and could begin his minor-league rehab stint by July 1 or 2. Ramirez has been out since May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder. “We haven’t rushed him,” manager […]
Three straight walk-off wins for the Chicago Cubs. Considering how unbearable the last month has been, they are exceedingly surprising and exceedingly welcome. That said, I can’t help but feel sorry for Kerry Wood. Watching him walk off the mound after once again blowing the game for the Indians was tough. I got over it […]
Earlier in the year, there was some soft buzz about the Mark DeRosa trade, which had taken place over the offseason. Lou Piniella, the rumor went, was frustrated with Mark DeRosa, and wanted him off the team. It was strange when it came out, but DeRosa never really denied that he believed it to be […]
No. Freaking. Way. Of course, Debbie Downer points out that Rich Harden got his ass kicked. But Positive Polly has but one thing to say…
A few days ago, Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry revealed the disappointing, albeit unsurprising news: the Cubs’ payroll for this year (and beyond?) is maxed out. But apparently that isn’t stopping Hendry from working the phones. Jim Hendry is working the prospective trade markets as hard as he does every year and is said […]
How about that ending? I mean, it’s easy to hate this team and all, but damn. That was something of beauty.
If there was ever a time that the Chicago Cubs needed good news about third baseman Aramis Ramirez, that time is now. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, on the disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, stepped up his hitting and began taking soft toss on Wednesday, and if all goes well, will start batting […]
After last week’s bizarre revelation that the Chicago Cubs were just one of two teams in serious pursuit of starting pitcher Pedro Martinez, it was only a matter of time before Pedro started claiming he was close to signing, and the Cubs started denying they were close to signing. Cue it up. The Cubs haven’t […]
The drama that is the sale of the Chicago Cubs is eclipsed only by the drama that is the pathetic Cubs offense. A new report from CNBC claims that there are significant hurdles remaining to complete the sale of the Chicago Cubs to billionaire Tom Ricketts, and Ricketts has been informed that those hurdles come […]
The Cubs truly are the cure to a pitcher’s struggles.
Whatever, Ozzie. “But one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there,” Guillen said Sunday morning. “That’s just to be honest. And if Cub fans don’t like the way I talk about Wrigley Field, it’s just Wrigley Field. I don’t say anything about the fans or anything now. But Wrigley Field, they […]
Confirming What We Already Knew But Were Afraid to Say: Sammy Sosa Tested Positive for Steroids in 2003
Well crap. I say that not because I am (was?) a huge Sammy Sosa fan. Sure, his dual with Mark McGwire in 1998 was unreal (actually, I guess it was), and when he tied up Game 1 of the 2003 LCS against the Florida Marlins in the 9th inning, I’m not too proud to admit […]
The Chicago Cubs have recalled hitter supreme Jake Fox from AAA Iowa, less than two weeks after sending him down. Fox is likely to see starting action when the Cubs play interleague games in the AL stadiums later this month – you know, so he can DH. In a corresponding move, and as I predicted, […]
An interested aside for those of you who are college football fans. There’s a chance a game or two might be played at Wrigley Field as soon as next year. The Wildcats and the Illini last met at the home of the Cubs in 1923. The following year, Soldier Field opened in downtown Chicago. Northwestern […]
When Rich Harden returned from the disabled list this weekend, the Chicago Cubs sent down an infielder, despite the fact that the team already had 12 pitchers (more than the typical 11). Well, it wasn’t a completely temporary thing. Lou Piniella says it’s going to stay that way for a little while. ”The big reason […]
Well, it’s not quite Aramis Ramirez, but it will have to do for now. Ryan Freel is supposed to begin his minor-league rehab tonight for Class AAA Iowa. Freel has been on the DL since May 28 with a left-hamstring strain. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cubs do when Freel is ready. They’ve […]
It’s over. It hasn’t been a legitimate or necessary or even wise dream for quite some time, but a dream still it was. This weekend, San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy stopped being able to play through the pain of an ankle injury, and it turns out he’s going to be out much longer than […]