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Month: August 2009

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]