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Well, today figures to continue yesterday’s buzz about a possible Matt Garza trade. While there’s a chance something happens today, keep perspective – this isn’t like when Bruce Levine reported that a Sean Marshall deal could be completed within the next day or two with the Reds, listing a specific name the Cubs would be getting back. When a reporter gets that specific, you can be reasonably certain the foundation of a deal has been agreed to, and, at most, the periphery is being sorted out. As far as I know on Garza, the meat is still being worked out – including the trading partner and the players involved. We’ll have the latest on Garza in just a bit. Until then, Bullets…

  • Carlos Zambrano made his second start in Venezuela after returning from a facial injury, and was not quite as effective this time around. He gave up just one run over his 4.1 innings, but he also gave up six hits and three walks. When you only give up one run after allowing nine base runners in a little over four innings, we call that “lucky,” rather than “good.” He struck out just two. I still believe the Cubs are trying to move Zambrano, and will continue to do so through Spring Training. To that end, it sure would be helpful if he would start pitching lights out.
  • Everyone seems to be doing a “Top Five X Stories” article these days (if I were insane, I’d go through this year’s 162 Enhanced Box Scores and pick out the five best), and Bruce Levine is no exception. He’s got the “Top Five Cubs Stories” from 2011, which includes the Theo hire, the Santo HOF induction, the Hendry/Quade firing, the Castro emergence, and the Zambrano exit. Strange; none of these top five stories things ever seems to mention one of the biggest stories of the Cubs’ 2011 season. Namely: the team was terrible at baseball. Seems like a big story about the 2011 Cubs season, no?
  • There was a small electrical fire, quickly extinguished, at the Cubs’ offices at Wrigley Field yesterday, which led to a parade of terrible jokes. Cubs, on fire, burning contracts, burning down Wrigley, hot stove, and so on. We get it. Fortunately no one was hurt and there was no serious damage.
  • Fun facts about new Cubs pitcher Andy Sonnanstine.
  • BCB wraps up its three part interview with Tom Ricketts, and Ricketts concludes with this thought for Cubs fans: “I think most fans understand that to really get the organization heading in the right direction, it doesn’t happen overnight. That said, you get a few good off season moves and you have guys who stay healthy next year and anything can happen. We’re excited about next season, but we’re really excited about our future as we go forward. Some of the lower profile but very smart decisions that we make will start to pay off over time and fans should know that their baseball team is in good hands.” In other words, we’re hoping to get lucky in 2012 because our focus is almost exclusively on the future. That’s fine with me.
  • This is not so much a sales pitch as a head’s up: should you be inclined to purchase BN apparel, the store is currently offering a free shipping deal, now through January 2, if you buy $30 or more of stuff. Just use the coupon code: FREEDELIVERY.
  • JB88

    Is the Zambrano game the one Harry Pavlidis was tweeting about a few nights ago or a different one?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The same. I believe he said Z had decent stuff, so at least there’s that.

      • kubphan82

        At least while not having his best stuff, walking and not striking many out, he didn’t allow lesser talent to beat him… That counts as a positive.

        • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

          we just might be able to trade z for a hotdog as long as we dont ask for sour kruot

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I’ll accept that.

  • Fishin Phil
    • There was a small electrical fire, quickly extinguished, at the Cubs’ offices at Wrigley Field yesterday, which led to a parade of terrible jokes. Cubs, on fire, burning contracts, burning down Wrigley, hot stove, and so on. We get it. Fortunately no one was hurt and there was no serious damage.

    I told them not to let Crane play with the Bic lighter!

    • BetterNews

      Ha. Love it!

  • RoughRiider

    They were burning John Henry in effigy.

  • matt

    Serious question here:

    I’ve had Cubs Convention tickets for several months, and I keep waiting for the one major announcement that comes prior to the event. This year however, I don’t see that coming (with the exception of possibly trading Garza).

    What is there to be excited about? I just can’t get fired up about this event this year, and it cost me a LOT of money (since I’m from Wisconsin, travel, rooms, and tickets)?

    I should add that possibly having a beer or two with some of the people that post on Bleacher Nation will be fun.

    • MoneyBoy

      I find it interesting (alarming? Phil?) that tickets are still available !!!!   For quite some time the Cubs trumpeted that tickets sold out in hours.  We’re nearly three weeks from the event and the Cubs website states that tickets are to be had.

  • Tim Mo

    I haven’t read the BCB interview yet, I was waiting for the whole interview to be released, but that is exactly what I wanted to hear from Mr. Ricketts. We are rebuilding for the future, I can stop wondering about Prince and it puts the recent transactions into perspective. Just got to wait for the Garza trade to happen!

    Now the question is do I a make my annual trip home for opening day?

  • matt

    Exactly!!!!

    I have my bachelor party planned on a rooftop on Waveland, and I just don’t know why I’m paying $160/ticket….

    I’m not angry that they are rebuilding, but is the $200-$300 for the MLB ticket so I can watch all of the games worth it this year????

    I just don’t know what to think.

  • rocky8263

    I’ve had all my tix (four seats 208 row 5) on stub hub for one week and just sold my first game. Last year half the games we’re sold at this point. Needless to say I’m nervous.And I’m at face value on all but Boston and the sux.

  • Ur Mom

    The fact that you removed my comments just because I called out some of your “fans”, is completely pathetic.. I am entitled to my opinion and never used any profane language, or called out anybody specific.. What a small man you are..

    • Rick Vaughn

      Brett, you should really make this an adults only club. These psycho kids with the anger management issues are really getting obnoxious. Chill out sweetheart, it’s a website…about sports. Your comments were probably retarded anyways.

    • BetterNews

      Your mom? Your fired asswipe!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Name-calling is both lame and not tolerated. End it.

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

          Did you expect anything else?

    • Eric

      How old are you? I read your original post, it was filled with lashing out and name calling, with no rational thinking what so ever. And it’s funny, in this post here you whine about not calling anyone out specifically and IMMEDIATELY insult someone specific. I’ve got one for ya. You’re behavior leads me to believe you are a lonely person, someone who maybe has faced bullying or abuse, I can understand being mad at the world, but when you chose to become hateful the people who treated you wrong should recieve your anger, not complete and pleasant strangers.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I haven’t removed any comments in weeks. The only comments that have ever been removed are racist comments or threats. You are mistaken.

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

        Drinking antifreeze can cause such confusion.

      • Rick Vaughn

        I think I saw the comment he claims you deleted in another post. Easily confused and quick to the insults. Nice guy.

  • Katie

    I’m planning on seeing the series in Minnesota in June and will most likely make my annual pilgrimage to Wrigley. A bad day at Wrigley is still better than a good day at the office. I don’t care if they suck, I’ll still watch them, have a hot dog and a ton of beers and have a great time.

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

      See Mom, I told you there are girls who love baseball, beer, and hot dogs. YOU LIED. This is a dating site right? Where’s the wink, flirt, or stalk button? If 8am is too early for beer then why do they make Breakfast Stout?

      **the general insanity of the late shift makes this comment appears quite sane**

      • Katie

        I still need to cross a state line so I can try Founders for myself. It sounds delightful.

        And Brett, I would like a wink, flirt AND stalk button. Make it happen.

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

          I’d be happy with just a stalk button.

          • Katie

            Look, when it becomes YOUR personal dating site then you can make such demands. I for one would be happiest with a flirt button. Ya know since I’m on here trolling for men.

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

              What no flirt for us goats.

              • Fishin Phil

                I prefer sheep.

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

                  Damn Dirty Puppets always getting behind those sheep.

                • Katie

                  Baaaaaaaaa means NO, Phil.
                  And MG, get your flirt on. I just have better odds on here than you do.

  • BetterNews

    Zambranwho?

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