Archive for August, 2009


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[Read More…]

by August 16, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by August 15, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores

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

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[Read More…]

by August 15, 2009 Cubs Humor
Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Er, Head Cold Watch?

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[Read More…]

by August 15, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 2, Cubs 17(!) – August 14, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 2, Cubs 17(!) – August 14, 2009

Well that was fun. And with that, the Cubs are scrambling to schedule the Pirates for every game remaining this year. That’s pretty much the only way they’ll win another[Read More…]

by August 14, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores
Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

In case you missed the move yesterday (and missed the guy pitching at the end of yesterday’s game), the Cubs optioned pitcher Jeff Samardzija back to AAA Iowa in favor[Read More…]

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 6, Cubs 1 – August 13, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 6, Cubs 1 – August 13, 2009

No pitching, no hitting, no win. Remember when Lou Piniella put Kosuke Fukudome at 1 and Milton Bradley at two, and they were both raking? Thank God that’s over!

by August 13, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores

God’s Wrathwatch: Carlos Zambrano Back Next Week

God’s Wrathwatch: Carlos Zambrano Back Next Week

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is expected to be ready to go when his time on the disabled list is up. And apparently, the injury that put him there –[Read More…]

by August 13, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
The Brewers Cleaned House

The Brewers Cleaned House

Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers: Designated Bill Hall for assignment; Demoted JJ Hardy; Fired pitching coach Bill Castro; and Generally smelled like poo. Were it not for the Chicago Cubs’ pathetic[Read More…]

by August 13, 2009 MLB News and Rumors

Ted Lilly Beats the Crap Out of Minor Leaguers

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, whose return to the team becomes more inconsequential by the day, had a very successful rehab outting yesterday for Class A Peoria. Lilly threw[Read More…]

The Cardinals Might Work Their Voodoo Magic on John Smoltz

The Cardinals Might Work Their Voodoo Magic on John Smoltz

Sportswriter Bernie Miklasz says that St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa wants another reliever to shore up the Cardinal pen – and the targets are veterans Justin Speier and John[Read More…]

by August 13, 2009 MLB News and Rumors

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 12, Cubs 5 – August 12, 2009

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 12, Cubs 5 – August 12, 2009

Not much to say here. Pedro shouldn’t have looked that good, and Samardzija/Marshall shouldn’t have looked that bad.

by August 13, 2009 Enhanced Box Scores
Is Bob Brenly Turning Into Steve Stone?

Is Bob Brenly Turning Into Steve Stone?

Before color commentator Steve Stone’s inglorious departure from the Chicago Cubs booth (and subsequent transformation into a squealing douche), he made some starkly critical comments about the team and about[Read More…]

by August 12, 2009 Analysis and Commentary