Everyone who writes professionally in the Chicago sports scene just had to be dying of glee when Ozzie Guillen left the dugout to argue a swinging bunt dribbler in the sixth inning last night. Sure enough, Ozzie kicked Geovany Soto’s mask for an extra point, and they had their story: “this year, Ozzie’s the crazy one!” I imagine some copy editor had to remove the “LOL!”

  • Of the kick, Soto simply laughed. “You have to understand, there’s a lot of emotions,” Soto said. “[Guillen]’s pulling for his team. Stuff happens. I think he thought it was the umpire’s mask. I just thought it was funny.”
  • Paul Sullivan says Greg Maddux might well leave the organization if Jim Hendry gets the boot. Sullivan also agrees with my often-given response when folks ask about Maddux as the next GM: Maddux likes his life right now because his duties as a special assistant don’t interfere with his time with his family and time for other pursuits. A GM job certainly would.
  • Carlos Zambrano really does love the people of Chicago and wants to “push” the Cubs to win it all for the fans.
  • Carlos Pena on Zambrano: “Sometimes it’s very easy to pass judgment very quickly, just seeing how intense he is on the mound. But he’s a quality man and a quality teammate. I’ve been impressed with him off the field more so than what he can do on the field.”
  • The Chicago Cubs put together an “It Gets Better” video in support of LGBT teens, which is great. And, loathe though I may be to joke about something so serious, I can’t help myself: the Cubs next planned to put together an “It Gets Better” video for Cubs fans, but feared the legal repercussions of disseminating such a blatant lie.

  • EQ

    The Cubs need to stick to baseball and not get involved in stuff like this..

    • EQ

      Oh wait… that’s right, they suck at baseball… oh well..

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Laura Ricketts is a very public advocate for these issues, so it’s no surprise. There are a lot of good causes out there – and the Cubs are involved in a ton of them – and I think this is probably as important as any other. I think it’s a good thing.

      • miggy80

        Maybe thats why there are so many Cub fans across the country. Btw Ace your joke was spot on.

      • http://www.cubblogging.com Jen

        I was so proud of the Cubs (just saying that leaves a weird taste in my mouth…) regarding the It Gets Better campaign. LGBT issues are usually something professional sports shy away from and it’s nice to see the Cubs weren’t afraid to show their support.

        • http://BleacherNation Bric

          Bad taste? Is that because they haven’t produced to be something proud of or are you just one of them damn Sox or Card fans that occasionally strays onto this site? Either way, I’m not proud very often either, except when they beat these two teams, like last night.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

            Given that Jen writes Cubblogging, I’m thinking she prefers the Cubs.

            No doubt to her own chagrin.

            • http://BleacherNation Bric

              My bad, I thought she was just a wayward Sox fan. Anyway Ace, is it too soon to bring up the possibility of swapping Sori and Michael Young’s contracts? I know you’re not a big fan of Young but he can play 3rd base and has one year less than Sori. Swapping them would resolve next years’ 3rd base question, open the outfield for younger players, and cut about 18 mil off the 2015 payroll. It would also put pressure on Ramirez to waive his NTC. To make it happen, Hendry could throw in McNutt and LaMahieu and get back Chris Davis, too. Then Pena and A-Ram could be moved…Doubtful, but it only takes one straw to break the team’s back from the squad that failed to produce 1 post season win in 6 tries. Something’s gotta give.

              • Michigan Goat

                Rangers do not want him back, he burned that bridge

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

                It would certainly make sense for the Cubs for 2012, though I still don’t care for Young. I just don’t see the upside for the Rangers unless, like you say, the Cubs are throwing in a top prospect. And then, I’m not sure the cost savings are worth it.

        • Michigan Goat

          Exactly, sports have really avoided PSAs involving sexual identity,this is a very progressive move… Well done Cubs,well done.

    • jstraw

      You’re wrong.

  • CubsGirl

    I agree! This is a very important issue in the lives of young people today and I applaud the Cubs organization for getting involved. We all need to do whatever we can to help lessen the effect of bullying on the lives of young people and reduce the tragic consequences it produces. Go Cubs!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Well said.

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    If the video makes a difference to only one LGBT kid, then it was worth it to make.

    Although, I admit, I was really hoping for a Ryan Dempster/Harry Caray “Holy cow!” at the end.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      He could have delivered his whole bit in faux Harry.

  • cdc

    Don’t really care one way or another about the Maddux bullet. He was brought in to appease cub fans and make us all believe in something that really has no relevance. If a young pitcher or two in the system has gleaned something from him then that’s great, I know i’ve read where Wells has appreciated instruction from Maddux at times.

    And for the record i thouroughly enjoyed the Cubs broadcast last night, albeit the WCIU broadcast. Anytime i can watch a cubs game AND listen to steve stone at the same time that’s a treat. Just curious who everyone else watched? As big of a cubs fan as i am i’m not loyal to the cubs broadcast team. loved listening to the YES network last friday in the yankees series opener and loved hawk and the ponie last night!

    • DaveB23

      Sorry, but there’s no way you can call yourself a Cubs fan and say ‘loved hawk last night’ in the same sentence. Thats just blasphemy. Ive spent 4 years in San Diego listening to their senile broadcasters, as well as having to listen to away announcers whenever watching the Cubbies on MLB gameday, and theres no one announcer I despise more (not only in baseball, but in all sports probably) than Hawk. I have yet to find a true Cubs fan who does not feel the same way. I have nothing against Stone, hes a great color guy and I really enjoyed when he was on the Cubs broadcast, but Ive grown to love Len and Bob more than Chip and Stone back in the day. Hawk is just garbage. He doesn’t belong in the broadcast booth of a big market professional sports team. Maybe a single-A summer ball club, but even thats a stretch

    • hardtop

      i agree with dave… kind of. i dont think hating hawk has anything to do with being a cub fan, he just sucks no matter who you are a fan of. im not necessarily a white sox hater, now that there fan base has quintupled in chicago, im a little leary of sox “fans”, but really have nothing against the team itself other than they are AL. Anyway, Hawk is such a homer, he makes Ronny look like a legit unbiased color man (r.i.p ronny). Not to mention his use of juvenille catch phrases and habit openly slamming the opposing team, make for the lowest level of professional broadcasting I haver personally witnessed. I live in denver and also follow the rockies, so i get a chance to listen to or watch a lot of different broadcasters, and Hawk is, in my opinion, the worst in the business. even my cube mate, a die hard sox fan, hates him passionately. He came in this morning and told me how glad he was on WGN last night so he could listen to len and bob.

  • pfk

    I get so tired of the beat writers and columnists beating a stupid story to death…such as, “Will Z explode?” or…”The curse”…Actually, with a couple of exceptions, Chicago sports writers really aren’t all that good.

    • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

      True story.

  • EQ

    does anyone else think that Ozzie & Big Z would make for a killer reality show?

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Well put DaveB23…the same bull shit comes out Hawks mouth