At this time yesterday, a Matt Garza trade felt imminent. It’s not always a particular rumor or piece of evidence to which you can point. But there tends to be a buzz about these things – a collection of reports from certain folks, stated in a certain way, together with what you hear from sources. None, individually, explicitly say a deal will be done (and I always caution that a deal might never get done), but, taken together, it seemed on the way. The deal didn’t take place yesterday, though, despite all the buzz. Perhaps that’s, in part, because…

  • Jed Hoyer and his wife Merrill welcomed their first child, a son named Beckett, yesterday. A big congrats to the Hoyer family. Take your time, Jed.
  • Another Cubs year in review article, this from CSN’s Patrick Mooney. F the goat, we stinks, I’m not a lunatic. It was a season of quotes for the Cubs, but, like, Patrick. How could you miss, perhaps, the most obvious one: “Now is not the time for bold changes.” It only took until December, but this organization finally recognizes that, yes, it is the time for bold changes. The bolder the better.
  • Bryan LaHair, who still resides atop the Cubs’ first base depth chart, keeps hitting homers in Venezuela. The level of competition in the Venezuelan Winter League vacillates between decent and low-level minors, so you can only glean so much positive from a Winter performance. But, if a guy is tanking, that’s almost always a bad sign. LaHair is not tanking.
  • Albert Pujols’ 10-year, $254 million contract is backloaded. Like, very backloaded. In 2012, he’ll get just $12 million, and in 2013, just $16 million. By the end of his deal, he’ll be getting more than $30 million per year, according to Jerry Crasnick. The Angels, it seems, would gladly pay tomorrow for a hamburger today. It’s a great hamburger – it’s just fair to wonder exactly how old and moldy it will be by “tomorrow.”
  • Carlos Zambrano is the 9th best hitting pitcher of all-time, so at least he’s got that going for him.
  • The Daily Herald writers reveal their Hall of Fame ballots, and Bruce Miles’ probably makes the most sense, in terms of internal consistency and logic. I’m not saying I agree with his rather healthy list – Jeff Bagwell, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, and Alan Trammell – but he’s consistent. I dig that.
  • Watching kids on Christmas morning can be heartening and fun. It can also be hilarious, say, when a little White Sox fan gets a Cubs pillow for Christmas:

  • Fishin Phil

    You’ll take your Cubs Pillow Pet, and you’ll learn to love it young lady!!

    • Jason

      You’d think she could take a joke better than that- she is a White Sox fan after all.

    • CubFan Paul

      it kills me how ungrateful kids are (& how enabling parents are) ..back in my day my mom woulda strangled me had i had that little girls reaction

      jimmy kimmel has a similar video where parents give their kids crappy Xmas gifts

      • hansman1982

        I think kids have always been ungrateful, just we got beaten if we showed it when we were younger…

        The first Christmas I remember was when I was 6.  Someone got me some socks, I didn’t say thank you and my Dad reached for the belt…ever since then its been:  “Oh, I needed socks, thank you, I only have one or two pairs that are any good.”  Speaking of which, I told my wife I didn’t want a christmas present this year and to just get my son something for me…I got socks and undershirts…she was upset that I got the wrong color watch for her.

        • realist

          Oh yes, that’s how I remember it too. There wasn’t even an explaining period, it was just, “Where the hell’s my belt?”

          • CubFan Paul

            for me, it was “go” not “where”, “Go get my belt.” …the worst torture in the world

  • Kyle

    I think a lot of people underestimate how much value Zambrano adds with the bat. Fangraphs has him averaging one full WAR a year for the last five years.

    • hansman1982

      That is amazing considering he has 348 PA over those 5 seasons…works out to 9 WAR if he were a positional player.

      • BD

        Maybe Zambrano should play 1B next year?

      • Brett


        • hansman1982

          Trying to be more positive…just pointing out what it would be over a full-season, whatever conclusion (*cough* that is probably right *cough*) you jump to is your bidniss…

  • Curt

    Haha yull learn to love yr pillow pet young lady

  • RoughRiider

    If Zambrano becomes the 8th best hitting pitcher of all time he will have something in common with Maddux as the 8th winningest pitcher of all time.

  • Andy

    Come on Hoyer… Hendry would have been on the phone finishing the deal as his wife was screaming in labor.

    • bwitty75

      good one!

  • hansman1982

    Would have been much funnier had they given her another Cubs pillow pet…

    • BD

      Agreed. Wouldn’t a White Sox pillow pet just be a sock with some stuffing in it? I mean, since they don’t actually have a mascot.

      And don’t tell me about that green thing- it is worse than the Philadelphia Phanatic.

  • Serio

    It’s funny my mother-in-law got my wife and I the same thing one sox one Cub. I did cry when I opened my gift up to see a green thing in white sox gear, but then was told I opened the wrong gift.

  • ISU Birds

    Idk I just get this feeling that we are going to trade Garza and he is going to win around 25 games. Oh well wouldn’t be the first time.

    Who else is pumped for the Hawks-Red Wings tonight?!

  • Oswego Chris

    ahhh….some nice easy going BN commentary..apparently the young drunkards are still asleep…

    I actually got my kid a Blackhawks pillow pet for Christmas….there were only a couple of them, a couple of Cubs ones….and a shitload(to quote Slim Pickens..”somebody go back and get a shitload of dimes!”) of White Sox pillow pets…it is that stupid green thing, whatever it is….I think it should be Reinsdorf or kenny


    • ferrets_bueller

      ….somebody say young drunkard?  I thought they did, so I came running.

  • Brian

    This is how we should feel with Theoyer right now…only not the smiting part.

  • rcleven

    Any truth to the roomers of flipping center fielders with Boston?
    Reports are showing the #redsox are interested in both Matt Garza and Marlon Byrd…possible blockbuster involving Jacoby Ellsbury?? #cubs

    • Brett

      Almost certainly not. A tip on rumors like that: if it seems too unbelievably good to be true, it is.

  • Rick Vaughn

    Chris Carpenter (the real one) injured his toe on a fishing trip last month while fishing with Roy Halladay. Also saved a man who was attacked by an anaconda.

  • ty

    firm resolution this year to quit cursing . wife agrees but said that means giving up driving and Cub games.