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Month: July 2009

God’s Wrathwatch: Ryan Dempster Gettin’ X-Rays

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/excessive celebrator Ryan Dempster is recovering adequately from a broken bone in his right big toe. If x-rays show that his bone is healing nicely, he could be back as soon as next week – starting July 30 against the Houston Astros. “Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] seems to think that if Dempster’s […]

Meet 2011 Chicago Cub: Milton Bradley

Contrary to popular belief, maligned outfield Milton Bradley was not signed by the Chicago Cubs to a 3 year, $30 million deal this offseason. He was signed to a 2 year, $18 million deal. The third year was an option dependent on games played, and was designed to protect the team against Bradley imploding. Well […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Phillies 4 – July 21, 2009

Another day, another one run. If you’re looking for consolation here, look no further than Rich Harden’s now back-to-back excellent performances. Maybe he’s turning things around. If you’re like me, however, looking for no consolation and just looking to vent: F*&KABUCK.

A Ramirez Return Worth Cheering For

When Manny Ramirez returned from a 50-game steroid suspension, Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheered as though he’d returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation. The hero returns. When Aramis Ramirez returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation, Chicago Cubs fans cheered just as loudly. And they did so without that tiniest […]


Chicago Cubs Reportedly Interested in George Sherrill

I bring this rumor to you with a huge grain of salt: it comes from Bleacher Report, aka the land where any yahoo who wishes to write something up, can. For whatever reason, it has most-favored nation status with Google, despite a lack of control, grammar, or useful content in general. Not that I’m bitter. […]

Kosuke Fukudome is About to Get Awesome

Chicago Cubs center fielder and substitute lead-off man Kosuke Fukudome is in the midst of his second year in a row of a protracted and steep decline following a hot start. But just as Lou Piniella is going to “coach” Milton Bradley out of his funk, Kosuke Fukudome is going to get the same treatment […]

Lou Piniella is Going to Fix Milton Bradley

In spite of his proclamation that he was “back,” Milton Bradley has continued to struggle. And now, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is taking the task of fixing Bradley all on his back. “We’re going to work on a couple things to get him into better position to swing the bat,” Piniella said. “I think […]

Sam Fuld to Iowa, Cubs Back to 12 Pitchers

Yeah, so this was probably obvious to you given the fact that Kevin Hart was recalled in advance of today’s game to start against the Nationals, but the Cubs had to make a corresponding roster move – and that move was to send .368-hitting outfield Sam Fuld back to AAA Iowa. Not a total shock, […]

DJ LeMahieu is a Chicago Cub

Following his excellent performance in the College World Series, DJ LeMahieu was looking a little bit more like a solid second round pick for the Cubs, and a little less like a Jim Hendry LSU special. And now he’s a Cub. The Cubs added another LSU Tiger to the team. On Saturday, the Cubs announced […]

Lilly, Dempster, Soto Injury Updates

The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Nationals 5 – July 18, 2009

Hey, Alfonso Soriano did something on the offensive side that wasn’t, you know, offensive. I guess the injured little pinky  was a good thing. At least Milton Bradley still stank up the place (and broke his bat over his knee), or I just wouldn’t know which was up.


The Cubs Are Interested in Julio Lugo

The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment yesterday, pulling the plug halfway through a poorly-timed and probably ill-conceived contract given out at the high of the free agent boom. Of course, for all the flak, Lugo has still managed to hit .284 this year, with a solid .352 OBP. His range at shortstop has […]

Ted Lilly Hurt Now, Too?

This can’t be real. Yet, this is our existence, friends. Apparently Ted Lilly could be bumped in the rotation for a couple days, as Sons of Ivy notes: Per Wittenmyer, because of his knee. Fortunately, this follows the All-Star break, so it would be relatively easy to rearrange the rotation as necessary to accommodate Lilly […]

Aramis Ramirez is Still Hurting

We cautioned Chicago Cubs fans not to pin their hopes on the return of injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and Ramirez was quick to agree before he actually came back from a dislocated shoulder. After watching him play a few games, it’s pretty clear that he’s still hurting. I’m glad that he’s willing to play […]