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The 2011 Cubs ended their season as they lived it: embarrassingly.

Ryan Dempster started strong before getting slapped around by a weak Padre lineup. On the offensive side, no one had a particularly stirring day. As a writer, you always feel like you want to end the year with some grand, clever statement – but sometimes the team just loses, and it’s ugly. There’s not much more to it than that.

  • ReiCow

    Yes.. it was a terrible season.. but at least we didn’t have the heartbreak the Red Sawx just gave their fans!

  • Fishin Phil

    Nice enhancing, LOL!

    As you say, this game was a microcosm of the other 161 games.  Much like a tooth extraction, the best thing you can say about this season is “at least that is over.”

     

    P.S.  Has Quade been fired yet?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. My guess has been that Ricketts will wait to let the new GM do it.

  • CubFan Paul

    let’s hope Dempster doesnt exercise that $14million player option.. geez

  • JB

    This line up card just shows you how terrible this organization is…

    Why is Jeff Baker Starting?
    Why is Reed Johnson Starting?
    Why is Ram starting?
    Why is Dewitt starting?

    The organization has no plan on what to do. They continue to steal abats from younger players and then we as fans suffer when they try to sell us a bill of goods for a player that has limited at bats that he is the next coming of Christ.

    It’s disgusting. I have been watching this team since ’83 and its the same old crap. Accidently catching lighting in the bottle and then not knowing what to do with it.

    This team needs to rebuild from the bottom up. We have the resources to do this but the people that really should be looked at are the people that run this farm system. Our players never develop.

    I am trying to figure out who is the worse organization the Bears or the Cubs…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Indeed.

    • Toosh

      Cubs. Bears have won a Super Bowl in my lifetime.

  • Waveland Ave

    Last nights game for Cubs was big for draft pick positioning Cubs could have ended up with 9th or 10 th pick instead of 6th if they had won.
    This is one game I was rooting for Pads

    • CubFan Paul

      who was the #6 pick in this year’s Draft? Bubba Starling?

      • JulioZuleta

        That’s actually huge. A draft usually has just about 5 or 6 truly elite prospects, and then a somewhat significant drop off, 3 draft spots doesn’t make a huge deal in the later rounds, but the drop off from 6 to 9 in the first round can be huge.

        The 6th pick was Anthony Rendon this year, Bubba was 5th I believe. Looking at the final standings this morning, I know they aren’t in the same division, but the Astros finished 46 games back of the Phillies. Wow. We’ll have some real competition for the cellar next year.

        • CubFan Paul

          Mike Leake was the 8th pick in the ’09 Draft and totally skipped the minors in preparation of the 2010 season so lets hope we draft a Stud like that – an immediate contributor to the 2013 rotation

  • CUB5

    I haven’t been this eager to get a season over in some time. Your opening line sums it up quite nicely. Here’s to Ricketts making positive changes that will carry this team forward.

  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

    Last night sucked for the Cubs, but it was sn amazing night of baseball. My heart is still beating fast from all the excitement and energy of last night.

    • Toosh

      Agreed! Baseball is a great game!

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        I know many people think football and basketball (esp March Madness) is a more exciting game, but baseball is the only major sport the is 1-without a clock, it is infinite in that way 2-full of suspense full drama, every pitch is a moment for gasp and every pitch is a moment for complete hysteria.  I will use last night as an example as to why baseball is the greatest sport for years to come and most likely until the Cubs win the WS.

        • Toosh

          Also, you don’t have to be an athletic freak to play baseball. Anyone can play. In basketball the taller the better and in football the bigger the better. In baseball size doesn’t matter. It’s all about knowing how to play the game.

          • hardtop

            This isnt the john kruk era anymore. athleticism and a special talent set apart those that know how to play the game and those that “Can play the game”. and then there is, prince fielder: he is neither a good athlete nor does he know how to play the game, yet he’s about to get paid over 100 million dollars… so maybe you’re right, maybe you can have one out of three and even be successful. or maybe your last name and the long ball is all it takes to be a baseball player. im changing my last name to gibson and heading to the batting cages after work.

          • jstraw

            That’s not what she said.

  • jason

    i was disgusted last night with the Cards post-game

    Al Hrabosky asked Ryan Theriot “Do you now see the difference between St. Louis and Chicago” during the post-game celebration.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I want to punch him in the neck.

    • hardtop

      what difference?
      he’s made the playoffs with both teams…Once! big deal. they eeked into the wild card due to an epic collapse by a better team… and had to take 2 out of 3 against the ASTROS to make it happen. I don’t think i would get all crazy excited because you were able to beat the worst team in baseball 2 out of 3 times. You now have to beat the best team in baseball 3 out of 5 times…in Philadelphia (i.e. start booking tee times) And theriot was such a big part of Cards success that they went out and got furcal to take his place… give me a break.

    • philoe beddoe

      I would put Al Hrabosky’s post game comments to Theriot on a constant video loop in the Cubs clubhouse next spring….

      we need to get tougher

       

    • ISU Birds

      That is why I hate the Cards so much, they feel the need to worry about us sucking rather than them making an unlikely and surprising playoff appearance. Jean short wearing hillbillies.

    • Jim

      Why would you watch the post-game of that anyway? As soon as the last out was made in the Braves game I switched channels so I would have to see any of that shit.

  • Cubbies4Life

    Nothing left to do now but cheer for the NL teams. Well… except for the Cardinals. I am anticipating a big Cubs roster shakeup (hopefully) almost as much as I naively anticipated the 2011 season last April. Let’s hope the result is a team that’s ready to kick some butt next spring. And if they can’t deal out the butt kickings, let’s at least hope they aren’t on the receiving end for another whole frickin’ season. Kudos to Castro; buh-bye Ramirez; and, yes, I AM a Campana fan. So there.

    • cccubfan

      Campana should be a favorite of everyone in my opinion. I too, as always, am lloking forward to 2012 with great anticipation. As you said way to go Castro, goodbye ARam and Z. I don’t think we’ll miss them as much as everyone thinks. Please, next GM, bring back Woody and Reed, the clubhouse needs those two and Ryan Dempster too….Look out 2012 here we come…….

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Being a Campana fan is fine but think he a viable starter is as foolish as thinking that Barney is our 2B going forward.  Neither one of them is an MLB starting caliber player.  Scrappy love does not equal starter.

      • Jeff

        I would just like to point out that Campana only hit .259 and that was with a pretty high BABIP.  I think counting on him to be in the mix for a starting job is a mistake.  If he turns into Kenny Lofton 2.0, I will enjoy eating my words.

  • Cubbies4Life

    Ryan Theriot can KMA.

  • RY

    wow dempster showed his true shittiness last night; let the asswipe walk; we are gonna be horrible next year anyway, spend the money elsewhere. starting rotation in 2012:
    Garza
    Cashner
    Wells
    Jeff S.
    Coleman
    roll with it, put gaub and carpenter in the bullpen along w Marshall, Marmol, maybe wood and try to find a closer. If we can get a starting pitcher from free agency, put jeff s or cashner back in the pen.

    all in all, thank god the seasons over finally, start the countdown clock to the day of q balls firing!

    • CubFan Paul

      that rotation will get us a 6th Place finish behind Houston..

      • Toosh

        Cubs won’t finish lower than 5th next season. Houston’s going to the A.L. West

        • JulioZuleta

          Will that be implemented by next season already?

          • Toosh

            From what I’ve read it’s just a matter of time before it’s a done deal.

            • JulioZuleta

              I know that it’s goign to happen, I just didn’t think it would be that fast. It’s about time though, I have always been amazed at how the front offices haven’t complained more at the fact that every year 1 out of 6 teams make it to the playoffs, less that 17%, while in the Al West its one out of 4. How does that make any sense?

  • Ian Afterbirth

    So, like, does this mean no more EBS till next year???
    How many bullets are we gonna get???
    What am I gonna read every day????

    • CubFan Paul

      good questions ..i found BleacherNation after this season started

      • Ian Afterbirth

        Me too.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think (hope?) you’ll find the offseason coverage to be not that different from the on-season coverage. There’s a little less news – and obviously no EBS or Series Previews – but I’ve found that there’s still plenty to discuss. That will be particularly true this offseason with all the changes to the organization in store.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I just did a quick peak at the October 2010 archives – it looks like I was still doing multiple posts a day. And that was when I was still doing the lawyer thing by day.

        So, in other words, I expect there to still be plenty of quality content in October and November – and, by December, you’ll see that the rumor mill kicks up in high gear. December and January, believe it or not, are two of the three busiest months around here (next to July). And then it’s time for Spring Training. No worries, friends – BN is a true year-round experience.

      • TWC

        Screw that.

        There’s 183 days between 10/1 and 4/1/12.  You should retro blog the 2003 season, game by game.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Warning: the 3/31/12 post is going to be a grape-stomp.

          • TWC

            Ugh.  Just do the regular season.  That way we can imagine what might have been.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              The wounds are still too fresh…

              • Toosh

                From 2003? Wow!

                • TWC

                  That ESPN documentary the other night must have picked open the scab.

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    That is exactly what happened.

                    • Fishin Phil

                      I know what you mean.  I still hold a grudge against the Mets since 1969.  Of course, hating on the Mets the last few years has been kind of like hating on a three-legged asthmatic puppy.   The point is, find a good grudge and hold on to it for dear life.

          • JulioZuleta

            Brett, yesterday I was walking around the Apple store in woodfield mall thinking about getting an Ipad, and the biggest justification was that it would be so much easier to read BN in the on the toilet. I figure that is the highest compliment I could pay any writer, thanks for a great year of coverage.

            • CubFan Paul

              lol!! thats what i told the salesman when i went Tablet shopping ..gotta be able to surf the net faster/better while on the toilet

              ..i’m waiting for the Blackberry Playbook 2 to come out/let them fix the bugs/glitches

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Thinking about my readers on the can is indeed the greatest gift you could have given me. Thanks, JZ.

  • Jebecker

    its hard to believe after all that the cubs nation has been through this year, we were only 4 games worse than last year…

    • Fishin Phil

      You’re right, that is hard to believe.  I think that says more about how lousy 2010 was than anything else.

      • Jeff

        It’s only because of the “out of the behind” September/October the Cubs had last year.  It’s kind of ridiculous to look at the difference in the way this group of players played for Quade when jobs were on the line.

        I really don’t like to root against the Cubs or their players, but I was almost happy that Dempster got rocked this outing.  After all the posturing about putting the vets in because it gave the team the best chance to win, then changing around and playing for milestones, I am glad it came back to bite Quade in the ass.

    • jstraw

      That’s not exactly good news. That’s down to Quade playing to win meaningless games, sacrificing the development of young players. It’s an indictment, not an endorsement.

  • die hard

    Ramirez called out Quade today saying less respect for him cause not a major leaguer….thought veterans wanted him so could walk all over him?…guess two ways of saying same thing….but many managers not major leaguers…how many years did LaRussa play?

    • TWC

      Do you have a source for this, die hard?  I haven’t found anything on it.

  • RY

    that rotation will put us right where we will be with or without dempster! we sure as heck won’t be better than milwaukee, st. louis, and cincy so regardless we will be battling pittsburgh and houston ,unless they move, for the cellar anyway.

    • CubFan Paul

      its called an Offseason ..no one stands pat after a losing season ..Garza, Cashner, Wells, Jeff S.& Coleman will not be the 2012 rotation ..2 maybe 3/5ths of that is wrong. The new GM, Ricketts, the Marketing Department and new coaches will want to win

  • willis

    I was waffling on Dempster yesterday…now I’m on the let him walk (God willing he doesn’t pick up his option) train. What a shitty performance. Against a shit lineup.

    The rotation next year has 4 questions as far as I’m concerned. Counting on Shark or Cashner at this point is silly. It’s Garza and 4 unknowns at this point. Hooray.

  • RY

    we shall see, i definitely hope you are more right than I. I just don’t see us bringing in two free agent pitchers. so are you thinking dempster is definitely back with the cubs? if not, who is your projected rotation?

    • Toosh

      Garza, Dempster, Wells, Burnett (for Zambrano) and either a trade or an inning-eating FA.

    • EQ76

      I can see them bringing in 2 FA pitchers.. easily.  they could get a couple of 1-2 year deals… middle of the road, innings eaters, type of pitchers.  especially if the offense gets better.

  • JulioZuleta

    Remember…CC can opt out of his contract, I am not saying by any means that I think he will come to Chicago, but I think theres a solid chance he opts out. Just throwing it out there.

    • CubFan Paul

      he’ll come to Chicago for a Cliff Lee type extension 5yrs/$120million

      it’s ALWAYS about the money and the Cubs have a lot of it..

    • Jeff

      I think he’s just posturing.  There is little doubt that he will either exercise the opt out clause or sign a big extension with the Yankees.  They always spend more than everyone else, and there is no reason to think that they would let their ace walk away, for any amount of dollars.

      • JulioZuleta

        Like everyone else, I’m, 95% sure he’ll be with the Yanks next year, but I do think he’ll opt out and get more $, at least more years. Just throwin another name out there. How about we just sign CC, Prince to play first, Pujols to play third, CJ Wilson, Mark Buehrle to be a number 4 and call it a solid off season.

        • CubFan Paul

          two more realistic pitching targets: Roy Oswalt & Paul Maholm ..and i’ll make Buehrle an even stronger possibility than those two because he wants to stay in Chicago (the Sox already have 5 other starters under contract)

          Maholm has a $9.75million Club Option ($750K buyout) that Pittsburgh will definitely not exercise and would make for an Excellent 4th starter (sorry randy wells, we’re tired of waiting and the new GM has no investment in you)

          Buehrle has been one of the most consistent & most durable starters in the last 10 years and will easily get 4yrs/$40million or more per year ..the Sox can’t afford it because Peavy makes $17million next year (yikes!! thats crazy expensive for a #5), the Dunn ‘mistake’, the Rios ‘mistake’ and Quentin is going to take them to the bank

          and Oswalt will be a nice ‘stop gap’ on a year deal with a Club Option til 2013. there’s no way Philly exercises his $16million option with Kendrick & Worley emerging and they also have to resign Hamels to contract, probably at $15million at least per year

  • dreese

    “Now is the time for bold changes”

    How long have you been waiting to use that Brett?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I knew for a while that, if the Cubs lost on the final day of the season, that’s what I was using.

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