You’ll never hear me complain about my job. The reason for that, I’d think, is pretty obvious: I recognize that I’m lucky as heck to be doing what I truly want to be doing, and whatever sacrifices I’ve made/will make to do this job have been/will be well worth it. But if I were going to complain about something, it would probably be something about the lack of sick days. I got bit by a nasty case of food poisoning starting at about 7pm last night, and, instead of sleeping, I spent my night … losing weight. (Wonder how I got the EBS up at 4am? That’s how.) So, suffice it to say, I feel pretty rotten right now, and incredibly tired. But the show always goes on here.

  • When asked about moving Bryan LaHair in the batter order after he went 0-5, leaving eight on base, Dale Sveum didn’t exactly rule it out. “Our core guys have got to start doing something in the middle of the order,” Sveum told reporters. “[I have to] give him a chance …. We have to change the approach or whatever’s going on.” LaHair was already hitting just .159/.321/.273 with runners in scoring position going into last night’s debacle.
  • RizzOMG: Darwin Barney doesn’t think Anthony Rizzo will have any problems adjusting to the big leagues this time around, Dale Sveum says he’s never been around a player getting as much hype as Rizzo, and Casey Coleman calls Rizzo confident but not cocky.
  • Oh, and the RizzOMG piece that you really want to know? Paul Sullivan says that rumor has it Rizzo will be called up on Tuesday for the second game of the Mets series, thereby avoiding Johan Santana on Monday. I’ll be at Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games in the right field bleachers, so my fingers are crossed so hard that I’m losing circulation. Assuming I catch his first home run (and first hit), what I should I ask for in exchange for the ball? Signed bat? Signed jersey?
  • Sveum says the Cubs haven’t been stealing as many bases over the last month because they’ve been playing behind so often. When you’re down big, the running game tends to suffer, because (apparently) you don’t want to run yourself out of an inning (why would you want to do that in any situation?). The other obvious reason for less running? Tony Campana is drawing fewer starts, and he’s really the Cubs’ only top notch base-stealer. If you take out Campana’s 24 steals and 3 caught stealing, the Cubs are a pathetic 28 for 50 in stolen base attempts.
  • Jeff Samardzija was so miffed about his last start that he treated himself to a run up Camelback Mountain, and then a set of stadium steps at Chase Field, and then early batting practice, until pitching coach Chris Bosio had to tell him to stop.
  • Paducah Cub Fan

    I’ll take Samardjiza’s work ethic any day! Putting Rizzo in the middle of the line-up couldn’t hurt right now. With the contract deadline issues past, and there being no productions from the 4 or 5 spots, might as well try him out, right?

    Thanks for the late-night EBS, too. It matters to those of us that can’t stay up until the end of the game!

  • Magilljl

    As excited as I am to see Rizzo in the big leagues, tempered expectations are key here. If he comes up and is great, that’s awesome. But it’s unfair for us to instantly expect the kind of performance he’s shown in Iowa. May seem like a “duh” point, but all the hype makes me nervous that he won’t get a fair shake if he comes up and struggles initially.

    • djriz

      You are so right!

      First, Rizzo (and the fans) needs to realize that he is not going to make us a winning team.
      Second, Didn’t players like Willie Mays, Ryan Sandberg and Robin Ventura start their careers like 1 for 25?
      Third, he is still just 22, with a few years of growing pains ahead.

      But, saying that, you go kid!

      • rcleven

        If I remember right Sandberg started 0 for 54.

        • jungledrew

          If i remember correctly Sandberg didnt get on base until 1962 at the age of 48 going a whopping 0 in 13476…. But only 2 strike outs… Cant beat that strike out rate

          • 82ndDFA

            if I remember correctly, nobody by the name of RYAN Sandberg got any hits for the cubs

    • rcleven

      Hope Rizzo does well. Is he really going to help this team this year? It looks to me this is just a chance to get him some MLB AB’s.
      My expectations are not as high as others. He will not be facing AAA pitching on an everyday basis’s. Let’s see if he can adjust to the challenges of facing MLB staffs poking and prodding his holes(jokes aside).

  • HoustonTransplant

    Sorry to hear about your, eh, ‘losing weight.’ Been there, done that, and I’ll pass if I ever have the pleasure to do that again. Thanks for your continuing service, though, Brett. This is the first and last site I check every day and I’m always amazed at the amount of quality stuff you put out on a daily basis. You’ve made living away from Chicago tolerable for a die hard Cub fan like myself.

    Feel better soon so you can ask for a signed bat, signed jersey, and then request your (insert body part here) be signed by Rizzo so that you may get it tattooed on yourself. Make him write “RizzOMG” as well as his name. 😉

    • Brett

      Thanks, HT. I’ll go for the forehead tattoo.

  • Sweetjamesjones

    Hope you get to feeling better Brett.

  • ichabod

    rizzOMG? clever

  • Leroy K.

    love his “army” work ethic!!!

  • hansman1982

    Rizz-o-Rama is my preferred name for what is about to happen

    • Kyle


      • Joshua Edwards

        It’s Rizzo, fo’ Shizzo

        • Tom Rossi

          We might have to break out the Shawon-O-Meter again and rename it, “Rizz-O-Meter”!!
          Hopefully it won’t stay at about .273 like it did for Dunston:)

    • OMGrace

      Like it…or how about…


  • hansman1982

    lahair has been stinking up the joint in June. I really hope that he bounces back and remains a decent hitter

  • Daniel Bejarano

    Get well soon, I’ve had my food poisoning bouts and it can get pretty bad yo.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Dan. Was able to just take a two hour nap, so things could be looking up.

  • JoeyCollins

    Has rizzo cleared super two status as well or just guaranteed the extra year of control?

    • MichiganGoat

      I believe those are the same thing, so yes to both

    • Kyle

      No to super two. It would be pretty much impossible to avoid that with his service time from San Diego.

    • Spencer

      No Super 2. Would have to stay down til Sept.

  • Cubbie Blues

    The answer is simple. You ask for both the game bat and game jersey signed.

  • die hard

    Contest for Rizzo’s nick name?….Italian Stallion is taken tho

    • http://bleachernation loyal100more

      so is “the big ragu” and “king solami” so…oh wait “the bambino” was somebody too

  • RoughRiider


    To me the answer is clear as to what you would ask for. His phone number and access to interview him whenever you want to for at least the rest of the season.

    Hope, you get over the Russian flu soon.

  • Zach

    If you catch his first homerun/hit, you tell him in exchange for the ball he has to wear a bleacher nation t shirt in his post game interviews.

    • Jimmy james

      I like that

  • @cubsfantroy

    I can’t wait to see him hitting bombs in Chicago.

  • sven-erik312

    How about Rizzoluto

  • nkniacc13

    Which of the 6 teams named in Cafardo’s article Braves, Tigers, Blue jays, Cardinals, Red Sox and Royals would you want to see Garza traded to?

    • Jimmy james

      Any but the cards…barf

    • AD

      I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those teams. As much as Id hate to see him with the Cardinals, I wouldn’t mind fleecing them for Shelby Miller.

  • Jzwizard

    What!! Now I got to find some people to go to the tuesday/ Wednesday games. So excited to see him make his debut. This is the first big promotion for the new front office.

  • rcleven

    “When asked about moving Bryan LaHair in the batter order after”

    LaHair gets singled out?
    LaHair should be called out on this but singling him out? Seems to me the #4 & #5 hitters failed Too.

  • rcleven

    “Overall as a staff we have to make better pitches, and we’ve got to make plays and swing the bat and do a lot of things better,” Maholm said. “They’re on a roll at home, and we’re not playing very well on the road.”

    Its called Base Ball Paul and as a team you are not very good at it.

  • Cubster22

    How about Rizzolution?

    • Jzwizard

      I like this one

  • JP

    Are we missing the obvious nickname……Rizzotto?

  • Leroy K.

    That’s Rizztacular!!!

  • #1lahairfan

    If lahair get’s traded this name will suck

    • Toby

      you can still be LaHair’s #1 fan even if he’s traded. I’ll never stop rooting for a player, unless he plays the Cubs, if he is traded away.

  • MichiganGoat

    Best to keep to keep nicknames simple, I suggest calling him “The Riz” kinda Wu Tang style, of course we could say it’s “Riziness Time.” Of course calling him Tony Riz gives him some mafia street cred.

    • baldtaxguy


  • MichiganGoat

    Of course there is the Rizanator but that sounds like he his pissing on everyone

    • farmerjon

      A to the Rizzo…is that too lame

  • Diesel

    Why is it I imagine all of our minor league players as guys Darwin Barney sized?

    • Luke

      Theriot, Fontenot, Campana, Barney… I’d say you have good reason.  And there are a lot of those smaller guys still in the system.

  • ETS

    Tuesday is WCIU


  • BFiddy

    The Rizzler?

  • lou brock lives

    Knew a guy in high school named Rizzo & we called him Ratso after the character in Midnight Cowboy that Dustin Hoffman played – he was a real loser – but the name stuck.