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Month: August 2009

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 […]


Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Back Today

After seven days out, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to return for today’s series finale against the Pirates. Ramirez’s ailing shoulder received a cortisone shot nearly a week ago, and he was set to return on Friday, but a nasty cold kept him out. — Sent from my mobile device

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 1, Cubs 3 – August 15, 2009

So, as you may have guessed by the stark absence of a box score below, there isn’t going to be one today. I am in Chicago this weekend to visit Wrigley, so I don’t have the capabilities to do the whole cute box score thing. If I were going to post one today, it would […]

Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Or, Why You Always Wear a Cup

Laughing is probably the wrong word, gents. But that’s one of our “memes” here at BN, so we’re sticking with it. Warning – this story is not for the faint of heart, or for Michael Barrett. As a member of the infield, particularly at the hot corner, there are a few things you can expect […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Er, Head Cold Watch?

Aramis Ramirez missed yesterday’s game, after four days off for his ailing shoulder. So it was still the shoulder, right? Apparently not. It seems Ramirez is suffering from a really bad, um, cold. Presumably this is a short term issue, unlike his shoulder, which will continue to be a problem for the rest of the […]