If you came to the Bullets to escape the Ryan Dempster Saga (I’ve been wanting to call it the Ryan Dempster Hostage Crisis, but (1) that doesn’t seem quite fair or accurate, and (2) it seems kind of insensitive to, like, actual hostage situations, which are quite bad), I must apologize to you for what follows …

  • I’ve had Randall Delgado’s Twitter feed open in a tab for three days now, because I’m a huge loser (in case you’ve been in a bunker, Delgado is the 22-year-old Braves pitcher for whom the Cubs had an agreement to trade Ryan Dempster). There wasn’t much to see, until … OMG! Last night Randall Delgado tweeted “Abt go to Chicago.” Dempster accepted the deal! It’s going to happen! Hooray! Er, well, not sure about that. In the same tweet, Delgado – for whom English is a second language, so be kind – he said “Nothing happened.” In the immediately previous tweet, he said “in the way to my home.” He followed the Chicago tweet with “i’m still in Atlanta,” and “They don’t did a trade.” So, is there anything there? Probably not. But I’ll concede this – I can’t think of a reason Delgado would be headed to Chicago for reasons unrelated to the Cubs. He’s currently on the Braves’ AAA roster in Gwinnett, and they don’t play anywhere near Illinois. The Braves have an off-day today, and then host the Phillies in Atlanta. Given the off-day, I’ll allow the reasonable speculation that a reason for Delgado to go to Chicago would be for a physical. That’s not unreasonable of you. And maybe Delgado quickly realized that his “nothing happened” admonition didn’t make sense to folks when he said he was going to Chicago, so he said there was no trade. It’s possible. But it’s also possible that string of tweets has nothing to do with anything, or is Delgado screwing with folks in his second language. In sum: I really wouldn’t put too much into this. (UPDATE: Indeed, check out BN’er Omar’s comment below, which is a pretty darn good interpretation. Like I said: I really don’t think there’s anything here.)
  • Ryan Dempster, on his dugout “tantrum” (seriously, he shoved a cooler and threw a Gatorade bottle – it was so not a big deal), which he conceded was in response to being pulled from the game before he felt he should have been (though he later added that he was also upset that he gave up the lead): “No, I’m OK – I’m fine. I’m allowed to be upset. I respect [Sveum] a lot. It’s his decision. That doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it. At the end of the day, he has to do what’s best for the ballclub, and I have nothing but respect for that. I’m just a competitor and want to stay out there and pitch.”


  • Remember when Dale Sveum made Alfonso Soriano drop his bat size a bit, and then Soriano went off on a tear? Well, Sveum isn’t willing to claim the credit. “He only went down half an ounce,” Sveum said. “I haven’t talked to him about it. He might have gone back up, for all I know. All I know is since that day, he’s been one of the more productive players in all of Major League Baseball.”
  • Shocking poll results: Illinois residents, when asked in the abstract, don’t want pro sports teams to get tax breaks. Kudos on the poll. Useful stuff.
  • Jeff Passan absolutely kneecaps Jeffrey Loria and David Samson, the owner and president of the Miami Marlins, respectively. It’s very much worth a read.
  • A site note: Since time immemorial (ok, since last year), and time there is very big news in the Cubs world, the volume of comments here increases exponentially. Most new commenters are genuine Cubs fans, who just want to share their thoughts about the team they love. Most comments are totally fine, even if there is … an adjustment period to feeling out what the community here is like. Some folks, however, just want to be raging jerks. This is not a problem unique to BN, or heck, to the Internet. It’s an unfortunate part of life. I encourage you to ignore those folks, because they’ll be gone soon, one way or another. When you really sit back and look, they are an extraordinarily small percentage of the participants around here. And, as for you regulars, just know that your participation in – and efforts to preserve – this community are not unnoticed by me. You’re good people, and thoughtful Cubs fans. I appreciate it, and, more importantly, I enjoy being a part of it.



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