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Holy crap. That was insane. And exasperating. And then awesome. And then awful. And then great! And then awful again. Easily the craziest Cubs game of the year, and, ultimately, a bummer. A one-run loss is a one-run loss, but I was going to be able to deal with the Cubs losing 1-0. The way things played out? I’m going to be sick.

Matt Garza was exceedingly wild in his return from a flu bug (and made another couple hilarious “throws” to first), but somehow managed to give up just one run in his five innings of work. He actually lowered his ERA (which was just 2.67 entering the game), despite being in deep trouble repeatedly. It could have been enough, but the Cubs’ offense couldn’t muster squat against Randy Wolf (and why would they? he only came into the game with an ERA over 6 and giving up more than 13 hits per 9).

But as soon as the Brewers went to the pen in the 7th, the Cubs loaded the bases, and David DeJesus unloaded them with a pinch hit grand slam. It was a joyful moment. We all cheered.

And the Cubs’ bullpen shut us right up.

They gave four runs right back in the bottom of the 7th, when Carlos Marmol was (surprise) wild and hittable, and then injured, and his replacement – Michael Bowden – was also wild and hittable. It’s an embarrassing and persistent problem. A bullpen cannot survive on three arms. The front office either needs to fix the problem, or start selling pieces now. But I digress.

With John Axford and his 49-straight save streak on for the 9th, the game was obviously over. Except it wasn’t, thanks mostly to – again – David DeJesus, who tripled home the tying run, and then scored the leading run on a wild strikeout of Starlin Castro. Castro later scored an insurance run on an Alfonso Soriano single. (I’m not saying I called the Cubs breaking Axford’s streak, but earlier today I did say it would be neat to see.) It was a joyful moment. We all cheered.

And the Cubs’ bullpen shut us right up.

Rafael Dolis walked one and gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Corey Hart in the bottom of the 9th. He looked a bit off, and Welington Castillo’s poor receiving skills behind the plate didn’t help (more on that later).

Each team had opportunities to end the game in extras, but those opportunities were squandered. We were excited about the possibilities of a super long, exciting win. We all cheered.

And the Cubs’ bullpen shut us right up.

Well, eventually. Lendy Castillo was saved for the end for a reason, because he couldn’t get anyone out. He hit a couple guys and gave up a couple singles, and the game was over. At least now I feel ready for the 24-hour blogathon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

    It was a hard loss, that’s why I’m drinking unfortunately.

  • ty

    Frankly, my dear, I do not give a damn!l

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    The Cubs need a complete game out of Volstad.  The Iowa Cubs are in California; I doubt reinforcements could arrive for Chicago’s pen in time for Saturday’s game even if Iowa had someone ready to ship out if Marmol went on the DL.

    • Hansman1982

      Where is Tennessee playing at?

  • rcleven

    3 Hit by pitch and 12 walks= Loss

  • Diesel

    Good thing I’m already drunk by the time I found out about this loss.  At least the pos cardinals lost as well.

  • EB

    Ryan Braun is a douche. That is all

    • Rick Vaughn

      Well said.

  • Njriv

    For all the early DeJesus bashers, I graciously flip you the bird.

    • cubs1967

      heard of tuffy rhodes??
      he once hit 3 ding dongs in a game……….he became a Japanese legend….
      1 game does not make a HOF career.

      dejesus; he of the 0.3 WAR; 1.5 pace=horrid.
      he of the -1.7 UZR=he’s not fukunuts.
      he of the zero stolen bases and 1 HR=no speed/no power corner OF=ouch.

      his wife is hot………his bat/glove is not.

      • Brady

        your stupidity never ceases to amaze me. I understand some naysayers before tonight but to get a Grand Slam and an RBI triple when your team needs you? Dejesus accounted for 6 of the cubs 7 runs! (5 RBI’s plus scoring on after his triple!) Dejesus kept us in this game and is playing great baseball at the leadoff spot. After a frustrating loss when this man gave his best effort for the team and yet you slander him. Go sit in a corner and apologize for the atrocity that you have just performed!

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I agree with your point, but we can leave “stupid” out of it. Let’s try to be cordial.

        • Cubs1967

          you don’t know me; any coward can call someone stupid on the internet.
          act like a man.
          2nd, when i’m told to shove something up my blank by someone (not U-previous poster) ; i tend to prove my point on dejesus; he’s a 4th OF at best.
          great; he had a good game.

          but get real;he’s playing great baseball.??–really
          neither his WAR or UZR say he is; nor does his lack of power or SB.
          those are facts. you have facts that say otherwise; post them. but don’ be a coward with namecalling nor does 1 game in 162 mean much.

          • MaxM1908

            I don’t know you, but the way you present yourself in comments, I can tell I wouldn’t like you. He shouldn’t have called you stupid, but your tone and attitude is obviously starting to annoy people.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’m not sure he said anything about the Hall of Fame. Hyperbole has its place, but not if you’re going to use it to be a jerk. Try to tone it down.

        • josh

          ???

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            What’s confusing?

            • hogie

              I think it is a bit confusing because the response was not that “atrocious.” Cubs1967 used stats to back his opinion, and at most was guilty of using sarcasm, which is used on a regular basis by nearly every poster on this site. The response by Brady was far worse, and only used stats that cubs1967 clearly discussed as dismisive. There was no slander, he was guilty of using only the stats that he felt useful, ignoring OBP and pitches per at bat. Maybe I am stepping out of line here, your site and all, but I kind of feel like this is a case of you policing the views you don’t agree with.

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                What? Come on, dude. You MUST know me better than that by now. There has been a pattern, and I very calmly suggested a new approach. I’m trying to help him avoid the *perception* that he’s being a jerk (whether he actually is or not).

                In 3 and a half years, I’ve never once policed views I don’t agree with. Never have, never will. I’m trying not to feel a little insulted. Welcoming all views is something I take pride in.

                • Fishin Phil

                  This is true. Brett and I have never agreed about the affect of day ball on the Cubs, and he continues to allow me to be right while he continues to be wrong.

                  ;)

                  • Bric

                    Brett, it’s obvious most of us haven’t had our coffee yet and a few of us are a little hung over so the postings this morning shouldn’t be taken too critically.

                    As a fringe poster myself I can assure the rest of the BL that in 3 years of out of the box thinking I’ve never once been censored or criticized personally for my opinions.

                    Case in point: my theory that the fictitious Jorge Solar (AKA bigfoot) is an urban legend created by the Apple Store and the U.S. Postal Service has never once been deleted even though Brett and I both know that revealing that information could easily put both our lives in danger.

                    • hardtop

                      gosh, i remember when you were a prinicipal poster… and it wasnt even that long ago!  bleacher nation is all growns up and growns up and growns up.

                    • Bric

                      Thanks hard top! But no props for the decent attempt at comedy to lighten the situation? I understand Brett doesn’t get my sense of humor but I laughed at Fishing Phil’s response. Props, Phil.

                • hogie

                  I apologize if there has been a pattern to his responses, but I don’t feel like this one was out of line in the least. Yes, I do know you better than that, and shouldn’t have really gone that far, but the response seems much stronger to the comment that was far less rude. You have done a great job at letting many viewpoints shine and I overreacted, seeing that warning as out of character. The last comment was not needed. The idea of the comment should be taken as a compliment to a job well done over the last three and a half years and going.

                  • Sam

                    little theo

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    We’ll just have to disagree, hogie, but I appreciate your thoughts.

                    (See, we disagree, and it’s all good…)

                    • hogie

                      Agreed

        • MaxM1908

          Is there any chance Cubs1967 is BetterNews? The tone is just too eerily similar.

          • Bric

            No, I believe Better News simply calls himself Even Better News now.

          • Cubs1967

            who?
            No.

            try posting on the cubs; not other posters.

            act like an adult.

            • Sweetjamesjones

              I love this web site.

              • Richard Nose

                Jersey Shore-esque?

          • Cooper R

            Am I the only one who thinks cubsfan1967, Roy Hobbs and hogie are all the same dude?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              They aren’t. And hogie’s been around a long-time. Good dude.

              • Cooper R

                Oh, my bad…sorry hogie.

                • hogie

                  It’s cool man. I work until 3am and get up at 7am everyday with my little man (except sunday), so I tend to get a little touchy sometimes if I havent had my coffee.

            • ty

              Josh Hamilton and Roy Hobbs are the same. Believe!

      • Njriv

        Jeez man eat a box of hater-O’s, everyone knows Dejesus was brought in for good defense, good base running and his patient approach at the plate. He was never brought in to steal bases and to be hitting Home runs, Hitting runs was never apart of his game, so i don’t get your argument there, and the stealing bases well, he can only go when he’s told to right?

        • FromFenwayPahk

          This.
          I think of Dejesus as a solid brick in Cubs Cathedral. (What does it mean when I use hyperbole when I am trying to be serious? Delusions of WS?) Dejesus isn’t the masterpiece painted on the ceiling, but there’s no reason to disrespect his role; especially after last night. He (and Stewart) are important parts of this club as it continues to develop.

  • ShootTheGoat

    Castillo could not frame a pitch or just keep his glove from moving after receiving nearly every pitch to save his life. I have watched his 2 other starts since being up, and I know he wasn’t as bad as he was tonight. It was like he was crossed up on nearly every pitch or like his glove weighed a ton. Would sure like to know the reason, if there was one. Maybe it was just a bad game, but man oh man was it frustrating to watch. BB couldn’t believe it. Kept commenting on it the whole night.

    • Rick Vaughn

      Bob Brenley is absolutely not holding back this year. I love it!

      • ShootTheGoat

        I second that!!! He really don’t give a crap. If your playing bad, he definitely doesn’t hold back.

    • rcleven

      Garza’s location or lack there of was a big reason Castillo looked like he was crossed up all night. He is right now a third string catcher and couldnt frame his mother. As soon as Clevenger is healed he will return to the back up spot. This actually shows how thin the Cubs system is. Just have to grin and bear with it for awhile.

      • ShootTheGoat

        I agree somewhat about Garza’s lack of control. But on numerous occasions, Garza would throw a perfect curve down and in to a righty that would cross the plate at the knees, and Castillo was dropping and trying to smother the ball. It was like he was scared the whole night of letting a pitch get by him. This happened many times on pitches mid to low in the zone. Just a strange game all around. But I agree, Garza was spotty most of the night as well. Just pointing out that they (pitchers) usually have a little help from their catchers on some pitches. But your right, he is still very young and has a lot to learn. Grin and bear it, indeed my friend!! Gonna be a long season.

        • rcleven

          Ty has seen Castillo more than any of us and his reports on Castillo have been quite accurate. The kid is a pass ball machine. That said his bat last night was a welcome relief. The kid is trying and that is all I can ask of of a fill-in.

  • ty

    This is the real Castillo. Witnessed him catch a couple hundred games and no pitcher would want him back there. Specialty is letting ball go off cleats right in middle of a busy inning. Soto will have to stay here.

  • Brian

    This could be easily dejesus’ game of his career. Grand Slam, catching at the wall, ending 49 save streak, head up play to score a winning run. This had to be his game of his career. Shame!

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    What does Sveum have against using James Russell when the game is actually on the line? Russell is his best reliever. Period. Yet he doesn’t have enough faith in him to let him face both lefties and righties.

    This must change. Hopefully Marmol has a DL stint ahead of him, because he’s essentially done.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If Sveum had used Russell in the 7th, who would have pitched the 8th? The game was going to be on the line whenever someone other than Russell was pitching.

      • rcleven

        Camp should have come back for the 7th. Pretty hard to keep coming keep coming back with a 3 man rotation. Lendy doesn’t deserve the roster spot leaving room to move Maine. 20 some days and counting. One can only hope.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          You know, you’re probably right about Camp. But Sveum can’t keep relying only on three guys, you know? At some point he’s got to be able to use the rest, and that’s not so much his fault as it is the folks who constructed the pen.

          • rcleven

            Don’t really have an answer for that because it is so true. Regret Marmol being so useless. Regret holding a 25 man roster spot for Lendy.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Rule V players like Lendy Castillo are not worth keeping on a roster when you have a Randy Wells sitting in Iowa & available to pitch for your club. Time to end this experiment & offer him back to the Phillies. Also we need 2 lefties in the pen. Bring back Scott Maine & put Marmol or Wood on the DL.

  • Idaho Razorback

    I just finished watching this dumpster fire as I have to record the games because I work graveyards. I’m off tonite. I’ve already gotten into my stash of Natty Ice and will start on the 3 Steel Reserve tall boys before long, then back to the Natty Ice’s. This was so demoralizing. Marmol, Dolis, Bowdon, and Castillo all have to go. A win could have taken this team a long way. Look how joyful the dugout was after DeJesus hit the grandslam. I haven’t seen a Cub dugout like that in years, maybe since the ’89 season. Pathetic, freaking pathetic. This sucks. Man I’m pissed. The old lady’s gonna get an ass whooping.

    • drew

      Ha!

  • Big Joe

    Garza. Oh, Garza. Will somebody please teach him how to bunt. Kerry Wood…3 walks in two innings. I was hesitant to bash the guy early on, but he sure has regressed a lot. I realize the organization feels a certain amount of loyalty towards him, but I would love to see him gone. I haven’t seen him pitch remotely close to well in a long time. And yes, good game for DeJesus. But, one nice game in May, doesn’t make up for an abismal April. I want power and RBIs from a corner outfielder. Lastly, how long does Barney keep his starting job? I don’t know if I’ve seen him hit a ball on the screws this season.

  • JoeCub

    I was thoroughly annoyed at the number of outs Sveum was determined to give away. I’m sure those who deem sacrifice bunts as “the way to play the game” are fine w/ it, but it bugged the hell out of me.

  • Mike Foster

    Wow, what a bunch of whining…. I didn’t see the whole game, but looking at the box score I’m seeing a different game than some of you. Not picking on Big Joe but what did Kerry Wood do in this game that cost the team a run? What? 3 walks and no runs scored. No runs scored, isn’t that what you want from a pitcher? Yeah, Garza needs to be able to bunt. I watched him in first load the bases and then escape with only one run. 5 innings, one ER, not bad. In the first inning Barney took Wolf to 11 pitches. There were 2 outs, Garza was batting next, what pitcher in his right mind would throw anything anywhere near the plate? Wolf never threw anything in the zone and yet Barney took him to 11 pitchers. Give the guy some credit for batting in front of Garza. Plus Barney had 5 AB with 2 hits and a BB. Since when does that qualify as sucking? Just saying. This was tough loss, probably tougher for those that watched the whole thing.

    • Stinky Pete

      It was very unnerving watching Kerry pitch. 10 straight balls I think. His first 10 mind you. yes he did get out of it without a run and that’s all positive. But given what he has done this year and given the roller coaster aspect of the game, that first inning he pitched made you think, “man, this guy is done.”

      • rcleven

        Thank for your posting on message board last night. Gave me a good laugh.

    • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

      Great post. Not only does Garza need to learn to bunt, but Campana and DeJesus failed to bunt in critical situations, and Stewart’s bunt was just a free out (force out at third). I guess the bunt tournament in ST didn’t help as much as previously thought. Barney is solid defensively, and was on base 3 of his 6 at bats. Come on now…

    • Pat

      I don’t really care about Garza being able to bunt, but he does need to get his head together on throwing to first. Yesterday, I was on the bandwagon of wanting to extend him rather than trade for prospects, but not if he can’t figure that out. What’s to say he doesn’t develop the same issue with throwing to the plate at some point, especially if the throws to first remain an issue.

  • Big Joe

    Ok, Mike. No runs for Kerry. Nice. But…his lack of control/command has, and will cost the team games. Watching 10 straight balls does NOT help make me comfortable the next time he pitches. Call me crazy. Barney is batting two-forty-something the last time I checked. 11 pitches, or a one pitch at bat, I don’t care. I’ve never put much into “quality at bats”. An out is an out. And then we have Garza. 1 run in 5 innings isn’t bad, you’re right. I never mentioned his mound work. I said teach him to BUNT. Wow. Pay. Attention. Bottom line: Wood cannot be trusted in a meaningful game, Barney is, at very best, a utility infielder, and Matt Effing Garza should be able to put his bat on a ball, and tap is ten feet to advance a runner.

    • drew

      Im with you on Wood, but all outs arent created equal; a 6+ pitch AB has much more value than grounding out on the 1st pitch. As a hitter, you see what the pitcher has and get get better adjusted, and the pitcher throws more pitches.

      What’s ironic is, Barney is usually the worst offender.

    • ry34

      total embarrassment and inexcusable for a major league pitcher to throw 10 balls in a row; unfortunately the cubs have at least 3 guys capable of it, lucky us!

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    I don’t know how we can continue to run Marmol out there and expect to hold a 3 run lead.
    Hell, he can’t hold a 6 run lead.
    Changes need to be made to protect his teammates hard work from him.

    • MaxM1908

      Luckily, he’ll be out for a while on the DL, and we can curse some young bullpen member who blows leads with slightly less frequency.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    For everyone who automatically translates every “blown save” into a “we would have won it with <insert fictional team’s name here>’s bullpen, take heed: there were four blown saves last night!  Two of them led to… a victory.  (Two led to a loss.)

  • Kyle

    I definitely wouldn’t say “a lot” more valuable. A tiny fraction more valuable, sure.

  • Roy Hobbs

    David Dejesus sucks, huge.

    You know why?

    Because he’s not:

    1.yu Darvish
    2. Cj Wilson
    3. Edwin Jackson

    Those three young pitchers all would look great in cubbie blue, instead we get David defucking whosus?!?..

    This year is a shame on the front office to not sign any talented free agents and instead lower payroll, raise ticket prices, and shove a crappy team down our throats.

    Maybe if Tom rickets shaked my hand and laughed at my jokes I’d be a little more under the ether like some of you. (Brett)

    Don’t get me wrong, you seem like a nice guy to me but your head seems pretty buried up Tom rickets ass the way you were literally giddy like a schoolgirl with bieber fever when you met him. Star struck I would say. And it seems like this affects your ability to ever criticize the FO. Just saying you sure defend this crap product and the cubs lowering payroll and raising ticket prices, and it honestly makes you sound like you work for the cubs.

    I’m not picking a fight or being a jerk, just calling it like I see it.

    But since I don’t care about the owners bedside manner I’ll instead focus on the reality that we are a bad, last place team, with only two or three real quality players in the whole organization.

    Also, stop jumping on cubs1967 the guy did nothing wrong at all, man u can be a big baby sometimes.

    Oh yeah, and Brett Jackson is a freaking strikeout machine, who will be an outfield version of Gary Scott..

    Just shoot me and get it over with.

    • MaxM1908

      1) You ARE being a jerk AND picking a fight. I despise when people try to say they are not to try to defuse their inflammatory comments.
      2) Brett said nothing bad about Cubs1967. The rest of us did, or at least, I did. He, like you, doesn’t seem to know how to engage in civil discourse. Neither do I, but I only pick fights with jerk commentators who insult others and then seem shocked when people retort.
      3) Brett does a great job running this site, offering insightful commentary, and thoughtful criticism of the front office when appropriate. You, sir, have an axe to grind with the front office, and it doesn’t appear to be based on much insight or thought. Because of that, if you have a problem with this site, you should find another to troll on.

      • cubs1967

        sorry dude; i was very civil. not sure what you are talking about.
        i was told by a poster to shove blank up my blank and called stupid; both cowardly acts on the internet; so not sure how i was uncivil by pointing out dejesus’ bad counting stats-HR/RBI/SBI and his sabermetrics stats-WAR/UZR

        yes, his OPB is high and yes he has a good pitches/at bat stats; but he plays a corner OF spot; so either he provides power or SB; in my opinion and he is doing neither plus his WAR and URZ are below avg.

        i’m entitiled to my opinion. i used facts and stats. most others were using 1 game or their emotion to rebuttal. rebute facts; not emotions.

        i’ve been watching this team since the early 1970s………i’ve seen the good and bad; mostly bad.
        i like theo; but this team is bad; it did not have to be this bad. and the facts prove it; they are in last.

        and i’m doing wasting time rebutting posts; post on the cubs; that’s what this site is for; not to call others stupid or shove blank. etc. to be a tough guy on the internet.
        we are all adults. cubs fans.

        • Bric

          Okay, group hug. Doc, I’m sorry I yelled at you the other day.

        • MaxM1908

          You and I must have different definitions of civil. You are sarcastic, aggressive, and insulting to others. I won’t resort to name-calling as others might, but I’ll tell you flat-out, man-to-man, that I don’t like your style.

          If you are so down on the Cubs and envious of the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox, and Cardinals as your below post indicates, feel free to burn your Cubbie blue and don a new team’s colors. Or better yet, take your negative, sour viewpoints to another website to commiserate with other bitter fans who are angry because your rebuilding plan wasn’t adopted by Theo and company.

        • drew

          Cubs1967,

          I do owe you an apology for my post regarding Dejesus last night. I got caught up in the excitement, and i do apologize. No matter how much I disagree with what you say, I shouldnt go down that path.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            That is VERY appreciated, drew.

    • cubs1967

      thanks for pointing out the what the objective cubs fan knows; glad someone else doesn’t act like team theo is a god; he has done nothing for the cubs so far, this team is bad; it did not have to be. cubs fans/us/we are the best in the world; and prove it with 3M attendance each year.

      i know this team would not make the playoffs and are OK with it;but to be on pace to be worst than last year; a JH/quade run team; is sad and not acceptable. phillies-red sox-yanks-cards fans would not accept this; not sure why so many fans want to give ricketts a pass.

      teams are built gradually; the team can’t just cut payroll every year and them go for it all at once; looking at the FA class for this offseason and next; this year’s is better; not sure if they plan on spending money, but cubs fans deserve better than a last place team.

      JH made the playoffs 3 times in 10 years; better than any GM in the past 60 years. team theo should be expected to do it twice in his 5 years; now it’s 2 in 4 as this year was basically “tossed” from day 1 of spring training.

      sorry we all don’t just bow down to team theo; but i’ve watched this team for nearly 40 yrs; since 5; i’ve drank the cubby kool-aid where all is good; now it’s time for results; before we all join the 103 yrs of past cubs fans who did not see a championship.

      • Njriv

        Its called rebuilding, Hendry spent a lot of long-term money to free agents. The Cubs were stuck with all this guaranteed money for declining older players that nobody would want after 2009. What the Cubs wanted to do was bring up as many good in-house players to avoid spending on too many free-agents. Its going to take years on what Theo is trying to accomplish (building through the draft), we all know this year was going to be punted, we knew this team was not going to be contending. This team was in a deep hole and it’s going to take more than just 7 months into being the new President of Baseball Operations to fix.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I don’t agree with very much of this, but this was a fine way to present yourself. It is appreciated.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Hey, professor, I was up Tom Ricketts’ ass literally years before I met him.

      Gonna need a new criticism, because I openly admit that one.

      • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

        LOL! Literally? Ewwwwww!!!!

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Depending on your definition of “watching,” yup, literally.

          • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

            No…you said were “up Tom Rickett’s ass literally”…

            (Walking away dejected since it is not as funny now that it needed to be clarified)

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I had just made a different comment and actually used the word literally. Coincidence.

    • SirCub

      “David Dejesus sucks, huge.

      You know why?

      Because he’s not:

      1.yu Darvish
      2. Cj Wilson
      3. Edwin Jackson”

      That’s a silly comparison. All of those players make twice as much as Dejesus annually. It’s like saying Bryan Lahair sucks because he isn’t Matt Kemp. Players provide value (via performance) at a cost (how much you pay them). You can’t disregard either of those things when evaluating a player.

  • Roy Hobbs

    You’re really cute when you’re angry Max.. :))

    My opinion isn’t based on insight or thought? Listen to me you tool, the cubs raised ticket prices, lowered payroll, and sold us on dejesus.

    I don’t give a crap about dejesus, he’s a nice enough utility player, but he’s no yu Darvish, cj Wilson, or Edwin Jackson. Period.

    The cubs should have signed one or two of those guys to field a more competitive team.

    That’s my insight and thought.

    Brett seems ok with this, and it makes me mad, because this site could help raise people’s awareness but instead brett makes friends with Tom rickets and now he’s in his pocket. Tom rickets “I’m sure” knows Brett runs this fan site, and so obviously he schmoozed him. I would have given Tom rickets a piece if my mind but that’s because I prefer being honest to being nice..

    Sorry I hurt ur little feelings Maxie.

    By the way I have a dog named max, and now I’m probably gonna have to change his name so he doesn’t remind me of you.. I don’t want people to think my dog is dumb.. :))

    • MaxM1908

      And I’ll have to throw out my copy of The Natural. Have a nice day, Roy.

    • Njriv

      We got a badass conspiracist over here.

  • Alex K

    Thank u maxm1908! Just shoot me and get it over with? I always thought us cubs fans were the faithful type. Anybody ever hear “there’s always next year?”

    Listened to the game at work, on the way home, at home and at the bar as well. Sure. I wanted to throw a bar stool through the monitor at the end of the game, but I went on living my happy life instead. It’d be nice to still see another series win. How’s that Brett, since it’s “police bN” day. Hahaha JK. Love the site, love the cubs, wish we all weren’t bleeding so much blue after last nite! What do you do with the bullpen? Idk!

  • JulioZuleta

    Children, behave. We’re all Cubs fans, we’re all on the same side. If you need to argue and troll, go to the ESPN comments. Stop filling up the comments with useless bullshit. This isn’t the place for it.

  • rcleven

    Roy I appreciate your with you view of the Cub system. There is no reason for name calling. Please try to be the the better man. You are welcome to express your opinion in any form you wish. There is no right or wrong opinion in fixing the Cub system. Theo is supplying the Kool-Aid right now. We have 4 more years of Theo like it or not. You can vote any witch way you want with your wallet. If you feel you were personally attacked sometimes it is just better to keep you mouth shut bite your tongue and live to fight another day.

  • Katie

    You guys are worse than a bunch of women. Relax and be respectful. I treat this place like Brett’s house. Don’t just come in and wipe your dirty ass shoes on his carpet, slap his wife on the ass and make off color jokes. There are plenty of other Cubs blogs to troll. If you can’t play nice, go elsewhere.

    Brett, I mean no disrespect referring to your wife who is obviously a saint. Hope I didn’t offend you.

    And to whomever compared some of these newer posters to Better News, I’m with ya.

    • Ogyu

      Everyone at this site seems to be having synchronized PMS except Katie. Interesting.

      • MichiganGoat

        It takes one loss I guess

        • Ogyu

          I hope the Cubs win tonight, so everyone can go back to assuming they’re on their way to 90 wins – until the next time they lose when they will totally suck again… ;-)

      • Katie

        Well, I haven’t been commenting for awhile so maybe I’m off. Chewable morphine for me, Midol for the rest.

        And you know you’re being bad when the BN Queen Bitch tells you you’re being bitchy!

        • Bric

          I wasn’t aware there was even such as thing as the BN queen Bitch (considering 99% of the posters are male). This website’s starting to resemble the Today Show. Where’s Weather Channel or Internet Random throwing a great non sequitor comment in to get us back on track when we need them.

          • Katie

            Oh chill out. It was in good fun.

            • Bric

              I get it and don’t mean to offend but you maybe weren’t on here this morning when too many people got way too touchy about a few comments that weren’t very well thought out. I was reading them all thinking “Did I stumble on to a bad facebook page by mistake?…” WTF happened here…

              • Katie

                Ha! I get it. Of course I also think FB royally sucks.

                • MichiganGoat

                  All the cool kids are on twitter anyways.

                  • Katie

                    Exactly.

              • MichiganGoat

                Maybe Bryce Harper hit a few commenters in the face with his bat?
                At least Bell’s Oberon is in full effect to help take the edge off.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            We have a Weather Channel now? :)

            • Katie

              Yep, the shit winds are a blowing.

              (sorry, Trailer Park Boys reference)

            • Bric

              Coo.. Brett’s back and living up to the immortal Homer Simpson’s creedo “I never appolgize for anything… I’m sorry but that’s just the man I am…”

    • MichiganGoat

      Exactly, of course I too am up the arse of the FO but I’ve never met any of them. I guess patience is something some fans don’t understand.

    • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

      “slap his wife on the ass”

      Ha! Can we still slap Brett on the ass though? You know, sort of a “good game” kinda thing?

  • Cooper R

    What’s the point of being pessimistic and ripping the front office? I don’t get what these guys are trying to do…you shared your viewpoint and as you’ve found out this probably isn’t the place to name-call or whine. If you don’t like this years team then maybe come back to this site next year but Brett does a pretty awesome job with this site and you guys are taking advantage of the comment section where fans can interact. How can you blame fans for loving Theo? He represents hope in Cubs fans that haven’t had much in a long time, so if you want to bash him and bash the team we have out there this year then do it somewhere else.

  • Spencer

    Wow. Apparently it’s four months ago again. Looks like it’s back to not reading the comments for me.

    • JulioZuleta

      Somehow all this trash blew in over night it seems like. Yesterday was fine, today we have half a dozen idiots.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        At least the fan club for a certain released outfielder from Ohio haven’t shown up in a while.

        Now I need to go find a hunk of wood to knock on…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Cyclical.

      • MichiganGoat

        So now we have a BN Merry-Go-Round? Weeeeeeee

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