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Month: September 2010

Tyler Colvin in Stable Condition After Taking Bat Shard to Chest

Some scary stuff in today’s game, as outfielder Tyler Colvin was hit in the chest by a flying piece of bat, which pierced his skin and caused some internal damage. Doctors are working to prevent a collapsed lung. Needless to say, Colvin’s season is over. The freak accident happened as Colvin was running the bases […]

Boom: Geovany Soto to Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Good thing the Cubs were already long-eliminated from the playoff race, otherwise the news that catcher Geovany Soto is undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery would be much more devastating. Soto’s had trouble with the shoulder all year, so the surgery isn’t a huge surprise (even if we hadn’t heard word of it until now). The recover time […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Marlins 0 – September 18, 2010

So, you’re probably wondering why this EBS is so incredibly late. Awkward confession: I’m a Michigan fan. Thus, I was watching Michigan embarrass itself against UMass, and eke out a victory far too close for comfort. As for the Cubs, Ryan Dempster flashed brilliance again, and bullpen combined on the shutout. Swell.

Obsessive New Manager Watch: New Manager Must “Understand” Cubs History

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts tossed out a tidbit yesterday when discussing the new manager search. Namely, he said that whoever gets the job must understand the history of the Cubs – particularly the whole 102 years of losing shit. Ricketts has not said much publicly about the managerial search, other than that he wants […]

Garfield Minus Garfield Plus Schadenfreude

Though the Cubs just swept the Cardinals, it’s still been a painful season on the North Side. Sometimes, it helps to observe what’s happening on the South Side. And if you’re wondering what the heck this is all about, read up here.

You Should Probably Brace Yourself for Some OMG Adam Dunn

The offseason isn’t quite here yet, though September has the distinct feel of offseason for Chicago Cubs fans given the team’s elimination from playoff contention. For that reason, it’s already time to start talking about the hot stove. Or at least the lukewarm stove. With an opening at first base this winter, and no clear […]

Carlos Zambrano Reiterates Retirement Plan

Despite getting back to his formerly dominant self, Carlos Zambrano is taking the opportunity in the (positive) spotlight to remind folks that he plans to retire when his current contract is up. “Like I said, I don’t think I will be playing any more after these three years,” Zambrano told reporters after last night’s win […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: It Ain’t La Russa

A collective sigh of relief rises up from the Cubs universe (though it’s an ironic sigh given how successful Tony La Russa has been), as Cardinals manager Tony La Russa affirmatively exited the Cubs managerial race. Of course, La Russa was in the race only insofar as his contract is up after this season. La […]

The Chicago Cubs 2011 Schedule

As you may know by now, the Chicago Cubs have released their full 2011 season schedule. The Cubs get the AL East in interleague play this year, at least in part, and among the highlights: Cubs head to Fenway May 20 to 22, and the Yanks come to Wrigley June 17 to 19. The season […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Fredi Gonzalez Out, Bob Melvin In

According to multiple reports, former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez has turned down the Chicago Cubs’ offer of an interview for the team’s vacant managerial job. Gonzalez was once called Jim Hendry’s favorite for the role, but the problem is that he’s apparently also Atlanta’s favorite to succeed Bobby Cox. And as for Gonzalez, he is […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Cardinals 2 – September 14, 2010

I am working hard to take joy in beating the Cardinals as something unto itself, and not think about how this team is finally playing well when it doesn’t matter anymore (they were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday). The Cubs smacked Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright around like he was former Cy Young […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Hendry Praising Quade

As you should know by now, when something reaching “obsessive watch” status, that means you’re going to get every tidbit I can find shoved down your throat. Like it or lump it. Please like it. Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is tossing some heavy praise in the direction of current interim manager, and overt […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – September 13, 2010

The middle of the Cubs lineup stepped up, with Xavier Nady scoring twice, Geo Soto going 3-3, and Alfonso Soriano driving in two. But the story was Jeff Samardzija, making his first Major League start of the year, throwing 5.2 scoreless. Nobody seems to be commenting on the 10 baserunners he gave up in those […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Mariners Interested in Ryne Sandberg

It’s official: the search for a new manager for the Chicago Cubs has officially reached obsessive watch level. The Chicago Cubs have started the process of interviewing candidates for their managerial opening, but they aren’t the only team looking for a new manager in 2011. Among teams with openings are the Seattle Mariners, whose ownership […]