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Month: August 2009

Want Matt Murton Back?

Well, here’s the Cubs’ chance. To make room for (juicing) reliever, Juan Rincon, the Colorado Rockies designated Murton for assignment. Murton’s quick trip to Coors Field left him eager for more. He’d been with the club from April 29 to June 4 and hit .267 during the stretch, but the veteran of four big league […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soriano to Have MRI … In Like Two Weeks

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been battling a sore knee since late April, following an outfield wall collision. Recently, both he and the Cubs were thinking that an MRI and a disabled list stint might be due. Well, Soriano, at least, has changed his mind. Soriano plans to have an MRI exam on the […]

Steven Stone for Cubs President?

Steve Rosenbloom really likes other guys named Steve, apparently. That is the only logical explanation for his recent diatribe, forcefully arguing for new owner Tom Ricketts to hire Steve Stone as the Cubs’ new president. Stone is guy who grew in the Baltimore system, where the philosophy was, if we need more hitting, we’ll get […]

Milton Bradley is Tired of Getting Teased by the Popular Girls

From my perspective, Milton Bradley has not been the target of Cub fan ire for months. He turned his season around, but more importantly, so many other Cubs have turned to shit that Bradley’s horrible start to the year is almost an afterthought. He says he still gets booed, though. Regularly. And hated. And he […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soriano’s Knee Problems May Lead to Surgery

Alfonso Soriano has been dealing with a troublesome knee for most of this season. But before you blame his absurd struggles on the knee, know that (1) he’s said he feels great and that his swing feels good, and (2) he’s the one who has insisted on playing despite the knee issues. The left fielder […]

Carlos Zambrano to Chicago, Esmailin Caridad to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs activated Carlos Zambrano from the disabled list for his start tonight against the Washington Nationals, and in a corresponding move sent down pitcher Esmailin Caridad to AAA Iowa. Caridad, though he successfully posted a 3.71 ERA with the Cubs, will not be missed. That 3.71 ERA came in just three appearances in […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Remember Reed Johnson?

Yeah, Reed Johnson is still on the Chicago Cubs. He’s just not healthy. Still. X-rays of Reed Johnson’s foot show it is not healing as quickly as hoped, and he most likely will not be available until early September. Muskat Ramblings. Presumably, the emergence of Sam Fuld as a viable backup outfielder has allowed the […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Bankruptcy Approval May Come Quicker than Expected

The AP is reporting that the Tribune Company’s bankruptcy judge has agreed to expedited procedures, specifically with regards to the sale of the Chicago Cubs. The hearing on the sale is schedule for next Monday, August 31, and the judge also shortened the notification procedures for motions related to the sale. Taking care of this […]

Carlos Zambrano Has the Body of a Greek God

Not more than a week after Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano proclaimed himself “lazy,” with particular reference to his abdominal workouts, he’s now completely flipped on himself. Now, he wants you to know he’s not lazy. Oh, and apparently when he lifts up his shirt, he looks like an Abercrombie and Fitch model. He was […]

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 […]