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.
  • Leroy K.

    you rock Brett! Keep up the good work. Dempster will not tear our community apart. We are Cub Nation!!!!

    • Jack Weiland


      Besides Brett’s measured, thoughtful analysis, the intelligent discourse here in the comments is one of my main reasons for coming here.

      • cerambam

        I agree its been like a different place lately, i have kind of shy-ed away from the comments a bit because i couldn’t take one more WHAT HAPPENED TO HELPING THE TEAM DUMPSTER?!?!?!? YOU ARE A SELFISH LOSERRRRR!

        this talk is rarely the culture here on BN, speaking of rare culture where has Die Hard been?! he was always good for a laugh and a troll

    • hansman1982

      Who let you be part of Cub Nation? HA!

      Seriously though, didn’t he tweet:

      “They don’t did a trade.” – arguing semantics but this is much funnier.

      • Leroy K.

        your right, my being a Cubs fan since 1987 doesn’t really mean anything at all ;). J/K.

        Living here in Britain is hilarious, some of their English doesn’t match up with ours at all.

        • RoughRiider

          I once had a Britsh girlfriend who said, “come by about seven and knock me up”.

  • cjdubbya

    It’s said now and again, but it certainly bears repeating – Brett, a heartfelt thanks for all of your (what have to be) exhausting efforts.

  • Omar

    What he meant was “Nothing happened about going to Chicago, I’m still in Atlanta since they didn’t do the trade”.

    I’m guessing Wren informed him that he was in a deal with the Cubs (or he was “blindsided” through Twitter) and then he was reinformed that the deal was off.

    If anything this gives credence to the fact that Delgado was indeed in the deal, if there was any sort of doubt.

    • hansman1982

      wow, yes, when you read them all together it radically changes how it looks.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Now that’s a reasonable interpretation right there.

  • ted lilly

    Dempster’s ridiculous mancrush on me is not cool. I hope if he comes to l.a. he realizes we are just friends.

    • Leroy K.


    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      Well played Mauer…

  • Richard Nose

    I love judging people who don’t know English, because I’d love to hear how crazy I’d sound if I tried communicating with someone in Germany. I’m afraid I sound like an idiot when I speak my primary language, let alone a language I don’t even attempt to speak regularly.

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      Tim McGinnis said it best last night on twitter:
      BREAKING: Randall Delgado blindsided by everyone in Chicago making fun of his ability to communicate in a 2nd language.

    • David

      Couldn’t agree more. I was always amused by the folks (B&B on the Score, I’m talking to you), who never missed an opportunity to make fun of Sammy Sosa’s English, then completely trashed him for having an interpreter with him when he testified before Congress. I would think that even if you are fairly confident in your second language that might be a good time to have someone with you to be absolutely sure you’re understanding everything perfectly.

    • Richard Nose

      Furthermore, I’m not saying anybody here is judging him, I’m not saying Brett put this out there to make Delgado sound bad. I’m literally saying that he’s lacking in the English dept and I’m positive I’d sound 10x as ridiculous as Delgado if I was speaking another language.

    • fester30

      I was in Germany for two years. My buddy was talking to a shop owner whose only English was “I don’t speak English.” So my buddy spoke slower, louder, and with a German accent, to which the shop owner’s wife replied, “He also doesn’t speak loud, slow English in a German accent.” I had to clean up a mess in that person’s shop because I was trying to drink at the time and spit it up all over their floor in laughter. The old lady and the owner were also laughing when she translated to him the exchange.

  • cubs217

    I really dont understand why anyone cares that Dempster threw a Gatorade bottle. Hell, I have thrown bigger tantrums playing co-ed kickball.

    • Kurt

      I chalk Demp’s tirade to being just a little overly dramatic…”too show just how me he cared”.

      I ain’t buying it. I think he’s a wanna be Kerry Wood.

      Whereas Kerry was the real deal about his affection for Chicago and meant what he said and said what he meant… I think Demp has been playing both sides to the middle.

      He wanted to be the hero, adored like Kerry, and in the process he got himself overextended, hoisted by his own petard.

  • Timmy

    With our luck and at this rate we’re going to be trading Dempster and Garza for Silva and Bradley, and then signing to the two of them to long-term contracts.

    • Ginny Carter

      That is just a torture scenario. Gives me a shiver for sure.

  • http://www.dccoffeeproducts.com John

    Thanks Brett- I do appreciate the effort and again being a Cub fan in dirty bird territory- it is great to get the rumors and news. It is unfortunate that some of the lunies muddle up the works. Please keep up the good work—-

  • SouthernCub

    its a great site you have here Brett, thanks for creating it for us Cubs fans

  • Ben in Nebraska

    Since when did this Delgado story turn into an “I love Brett fest?” I mean, Brett didn’t get Ryan Dempster to accept the trade, largely due to the fact that he wanted to continue this influx of crazies onto everybody’s favorite Cubs website. Yes, we all know Brett holds that kind of power over the Cubs front office. How else could he constantly have the scoop on everything all the time??

    I kid of course and as always, enjoy the site and what 99% of folks have to say on here as well!!

  • truebeliever

    Agreed! Nobody is more disappointed in Dempster than I, but civil discourse is certainly called for. I understand that it is hard to find that some of our heroes may be less than honorable, but such is life for a Cubs fan..


      I would hardly call Dempster, “less than honorable.” He has done much more in this town than you may know. That his personal business was laid out for all to see was not his fault.

  • ShootTheGoat

    Doing a great job Brett. Keep the info rolling, my man!!

  • dreese

    Brett, our fearless leader!

  • ShootTheGoat

    btw, Brett. Nevermind about the whole, “gravatar not working” email. It just started working again…

  • rhino70

    I love this site! Far and away the best Cubs site I’ve found. Brett does an outstanding job keeping us informed and keeping the commenter stupidity to a minimum.

    The whole Dempster saga is just sad. The only silver lining I’ve found in the whole mess is that our front office ROCKS! First of all, they negotiate a deal with Atlanta that nets us a young pitcher with a #2 ceiling. Then, they say absolutely nothing on the matter when it all blows up online.

    Even if the whole fiasco passes and we get nothing for Dempster, we’ve had another shining example of how bright the future looks with Theo & Jed in control.

  • Ash

    Remember Bleacher Nation, there’s only one way to get rid of trolls (a.k.a. raging jerks). It’s not reasoning with them, or arguing back. It’s simply invoking rule 14 of the internet, and ignoring them.

    Now, somebody reply to this so I don’t feel bad about myself.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


      • Ash


    • MichiganGoat

      Responded, yes ignoring is best but it’s tough to do sometimes.

    • Edwin

      Is it hard typing with a chainsaw attached to your arm?

      • Ash

        Shop smart. Shop S Mart. Got that?!

    • Kurt

      Can’t I just invoke rule #14?

    • Wester

      This ^^^

  • Master Dan

    My good side tells me that Dempster needs to listen to his family and his heart. I also wish him the best of luck where ever he goes. My bad side tells me that Dempster should of accepted the trade since he mentioned the Braves as a team he was willing to go to. Man, Delgado would look good in a Cub uniform for a long time. There’s good and evil in my blood. I feel like this baby. [img]http://i1069.photobucket.com/albums/u461/dguerra4242/angel_devil.jpg[/img]

  • MichiganGoat

    Head out of sand, what did I miss? Nice to see the house regain its true form.

    • ShootTheGoat

      Agree 100%..Today is the first day I’ve commented since the whole “I hope Dempster and all his unborn kids die” fiasco…Its good to see some regulars like you back MG… So ready to get back to normalcy around here.

      • ShootTheGoat

        I kid about the Dempster, kids, and dying line, but for some people, it was pretty close to being spouted out there.

        • hansman1982

          I walked the plank a time or two but, thankfully, reason got the best of me.

          • ShootTheGoat

            That’s it!!! The difference between trolls and us….REASON. That’s kinda profound, hansman.

          • Sweetjamesjones

            I have to say that the comments yesterday were some of the internet’s finest trolling. I still love this website and most of the people that post here.

            Oh and this Dempster drama should be known as “The Great Dumpster Fire of 2012.”

    • hansman1982

      It’s like being in a hurricane – when the storm hits you go to a sturdy room and ride out the storm, now that we are in the eye of the storm, we come out for a bit to survey the damage before going back inside.

      • Mr. Gonzo

        Dempocalypse 2012?

      • quintz

        I won’t know what to do if things calm down and there isn’t someone to call me a moron or threaten my life after I express an opinion. It will be an adjustment.

  • Itzscott

    I wouldn’t call this debacle “The Ryan Dempster Hostage Crisis”…. I’d call it his “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” moment.

  • hogie

    What, no bullet about the mystery team interested in Soriano? Seriously Brett, you could try to do a better job with this site and keeping your emotions in check (insert emotocon that I don’t know how to use).

    For real though, you know I have been hooked since you were Ace and MG and TWC going back and forth was as rowdy as it got. You did great work then and it’s only gotten better. Keep it coming buddy!

  • Grant

    The Braves still need pitching, and the Cubs have more of it than anyone else. I’m hoping Garza goes (well, comes, since that’s where I am) to Atlanta and we can still get Delgado (among others).

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      I think they are all in on Greinke at this point, and I am not certain there need is that strong beyond this year.

      • Grant

        Brewers seem to want quite a bit for a Greinke rental (MLBTR says they’d want Profar from Texas or Tehran from the Braves, both of whom are likely untouchable). Also, given how cost-conscious the Braves are, that’s one area where we can help that the Brewers can’t.

        • Grant

          This could all be wishful thinking on my part, too. The Dodgers farm system is horrible, and likely to get worse after our inevitable Dempster trade, so I don’t know what worthwhile pieces we could get from LA for Garza.

    • PRcajun

      …I was so ready to get my rock my Dempster jersey at Turner field…to go along with my Cubs Maddux and DLee jerseys in previous yrs…hmmm I guess rocking a Cubs Garza jersey out here could work…that’d be nice too.

  • Tim

    Wait, the Cubs are trying to trade Dempster?

  • stlcubsfan

    I saw Delgado’s tweets last night…most of them didn’t make much sense. So yea, either he’s just having some Twitter fun….or his grasp of the English language is iffy at best. 😉 Either way, I’m sorta over all the trade talk. Anyone else? I see both sides…..I just want to watch some baseball at this point. And watch Rizzo continue to shine (ok, he struggled there for a few games, hopefully yesterday’s game proves he is back on track). And….we have a Cards/Cubs weekend upon us! As a Cub Fan Living In St. Louis, I’m sure you can appreciate how painful those matchups are for me….Cards fans are relentless. Fact.

    • Nomar’s Left Glove

      When dealing with Cardinals fans, I typically revert to the old “ha ha, you guys didn’t get the 1892 World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition” argument. Sure it’s lame, but it’s obscure and will typically elicit confused looks or derail conversations long enough to escape the room before World Series’ are brought up. Just a thought.

      • Leroy K.

        They have the Rams….case closed

        • Nomar’s Left Glove

          Solid point

          • stlcubsfan

            Oh but I love my little Rams. Yes they are the horriblest of the horrible….but I love them. :) I’m a total homer other than the loving the Cubs thing. :)

  • Patrick

    This is the first instance in the (short) Theo era that I found myself slightly disappointed as a Cubs fan, only because Delgado felt so close for that moment. I realize, even with the “Dempster Diaries,” nothing BAD has happened, simply nothing has happened at all. Stay positive.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    I think we can all agree we will be happier once this trade season is over with.

    • Leroy K.

      longest 10 days of my life….

  • Sosa23

    I think we can all agree Dempster was acting like zambrano yesterday…

    • Doug

      I agree to disagree.

      • Sosa23

        I disagree with your disagreement.

        • quintz

          At least neither have you have threatened to dismember the other.

          • Doug

            It’s still early. :-)

        • Doug

          That’s fair.

    • Kurt

      Interesting to some that it showed Zambrano’s lack of control but Dempster (he also trashed a cooler last year) doing the same thing just showed how much he cared.

      • Cubbie Blues

        At first most fans liked that Zambrano threw coolers and raged after a bad inning or game. It was said that it showed fire, desire and passion. It wasn’t until it was the norm that the fans started to feel otherwise.

  • quintz

    Ned Colletti about to be on with Cowherd. I’m sure h’ell say nothing……

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I missed it, so if you hear anything worth sharing, do let us know.

      • quintz

        Cowherd asked him about Dempster and he said he couldn’t talk about it due to tampering rules. He insinuated that “maybe they could do more, maybe they can’t, there are a lot of moving pieces”. Basically said nothing and Cowherd kissed his ass for aquiring HanRam.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Thanks, quintz. About as expected.

  • Hee Seop Chode

    Am I a Troll if i read the site first thing when I wake up, first thing when I get to work, and first thing when I get home but never comment?

    And is it weird to anyone else how there hasn’t been a sniff of other trade rumors since the Dempster Diaries boke out? Remember when we were talking about Sori, LaHair, Maholm, Johnson, Baker, Soto, and maybe 5 others?

    • MightyBear

      I agree with you and mentioned this yesterday. No trade talk of the other Cubs. Especially Maholm and Camp who are pitching great. Teams always need pitching.

      • cubs217

        I would think the more minor deals (i.e. Camp) are the ones Brett will likely be updating us about during his 30 hr. blogothon. If I were in the FO, it would make sense to me to try and move the big pieces first then focus on others. That being said, if we finish out the year with guys with expiring contracts on out team, I will be a little upset more time wasnt spent trying to move them.

    • Cyranojoe

      That’s the old definition of Troll, someone who reads but does not post. These days, a troll is somebody who comes online and posts garbage specifically designed to trigger rage on the part of the readers. So when somebody posts here as a Cardinal fan to talk about how much the “Cubs sux hur hur hur”, and that gets one or more of us ranting at him, that’s a troll.

      • David

        kind of a seagull. shows up, craps all over everything, then leaves.

    • Drew7

      HSC, you get my vote for the *screen-name of the year* award

  • FromFenwayPahk

    “I’ve had Randall Delgado’s Twitter feed open in a tab for three days now…”
    Welcome to Cubswarts, where Professor Brett reveals bits of source-ery while performing magic and ducking trolls.
    I don’t know how I’d follow this year’s trade deadline without BN.

    And Better BN banter today. Yesterday was a little weird.

  • MightyBear

    I’m tearing up Brett. That was a real inspiring speech. Can me and OW have a copy of that speech for our locker?


    Good job Brett.