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Month: August 2009

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Lou Piniella Back in 2010

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella’s agreement with the Chicago Cubs was bumped last year to run through the 2010 season. But that didn’t necessarily mean the elder statesman would actually return next year, especially after a disastrous 2009 campaign. Well, the season isn’t over – so I guess “disastrous” is technically jumping the gun – […]

Voodoo Magic: Smoltz Dominant in Cardinals Debut

Even though we predicted it would happen, a small part of us refused to believe that, after putting up an ERA over eight with the Boston Red Sox, John Smoltz would somehow come to the St. Louis Cardinals and pitch well. That small part of us is a retard. Smoltz, making his Cardinals debut, pitched […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Carlos Zambrano Returns Tomorrow

After a successful mini-rehab stint, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is ready to return to the Cubs tomorrow, when he’ll start against the Washington Nationals. It should therefore feel a good bit like his last outting, when he played a nondescript A-ball team. Zambrano’s lower back issues have subsided, but are probably not gone for […]


The Cubs Are Getting Sued

And no, not by the fans who’ve seen their ticket dollars evaporate like morning dew met by the heat of mid-day. No, this is actually kind of sad: The family of a 21-year-old man who died in 2007 after a Cubs-owned car wash next to Wrigley Field collapsed on him during a violent August storm […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: The Deal is Done

According to Dave Kaplan, the Cubs sale is done. Interestingly, the sale price was $845 million, not the $900 million originally reported as accepted. The next owners’ meeting isn’t until November, but the approval from them may yet come sooner.

Mark Prior Plans to Pitch in the Big Leagues Again

Last year, Mark Prior was on a big league deal with the San Diego Padres as he rehabbed from another shoulder injury and surgery. This year, he returned to the Padres on a minor league deal, still trying to make it back to a big league mound. It didn’t work out, and the Padres released […]


God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano Has Successful Rehab Start

Carlos Zambrano threw five innings last night for A ball Peoria, and things went well. Not only in result, but in how he felt. Pitching against the Clinton LumberKings, Zambrano tossed 5 uneventful innings, giving up 4 hits and no runs. He walked none, struck out five and uncorked 1 wild pitch. Zambrano threw 76 […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: It’s Gonna Happen

The sale of the Chicago Cubs to Tom Ricketts is ‘imminent’, according to the Chicago Tribune. The final papers are expected to be signed within days, and then it’s just a matter of MLB approval (and, of course, the Tribune’s bankruptcy court approval). Both approvals are expected without difficulty. Yup. There’s not much else new […]

Jim Hendry Takes the Blame … Sort of

It’s no secret that this year’s Chicago Cubs team is very, very well paid. With a payroll over $135 million, the Cubs are by far at the top of the NL Central, and have a top five payroll in all of baseball. And with a payroll like that, expectations should be high – for the […]


Two Moves That Prove Lou Piniella Has Lost His Mind

Lou Piniella has always been a little quirky – at least in his time with the Chicago Cubs. At first, it was endearing. Then, it was tolerable. Now, it’s really starting to piss me off. I’m probably falling victim to the old “fire the coach (manager)” saw, but I can’t help it. This team is […]

What Will It Take for the Cubs to Make the Playoffs?

Speaking strictly statistically, things are not looking good for the 2009 Chicago Cubs. Last night’s heartbreaking loss (haven’t they all been heartbreaking this year?), coupled with the St. Louis Cardinals’ win over the Dodgers dropped the Cubs six games back in the National League Central. Though the Cubs are just five games back in the […]


Kevin Gregg is Not a Closer Anymore

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg is out as the team’s closer, following a spectacularly awful 4-run 9th inning last night against the San Diego Padres. Manager Lou Piniella said he would make the change on Tuesday, but declined to say who would fill the role the rest of the season. Gregg stared into his […]

Warning: Shameless Promotion to Follow

Fact: the world doesn’t have enough humorous/awesome tee-shirt vendors. That’s where I come in. A friend of mine – Butcher of Bricks and Ivy Radio fame – and I have teamed up to make the Chicago Cubs tee-shirt universe just a little bit more swell. Or diluted. Our venture is called Unholy Cows (get it? […]

Ted Lilly to Chicago, Justin Berg to Iowa

With the good comes the sad: the Cubs activated Ted Lilly from the disabled list, and in a corresponding move sent down reliever Justin Berg to AAA Iowa. Berg was moderately successful in his mini-stint with the Cubs, and at a minimum, will be back when rosters expand in September.

God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano to Rehab, Ab Lounge

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano has been out for a couple weeks now with lower back problems. He’s eligible to return from the disabled list today, but he’s, well, not returning. Zambrano threw 45 times in the bullpen before yesterday’s rainout, and all went well. Zambrano reported no problems, and said he felt fine […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Deal Signed on Friday

We’ve heard this before, but maybe this time it’s legit: according to Dave Kaplan, the sale of the Chicago Cubs to Tom Ricketts will be completed this Friday – at least as far as those two parties are concerned. Excellent sources have assured me that there are no more hurdles to clear and the paperwork […]