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Happy Labor Day, friends, and I hope you’re relaxing or firing up the grill today. Enjoy it.

  • Dale Sveum suggested yesterday that Travis Wood is locked into a starting spot next year. “He’s positioned himself as one of our starters [for 2013],” Sveum said of the 25-year-old, per Carrie Muskat. “He’s made strides to learn how to pitch completely different than he ever has, and it’s made him able to survive and have some really good games …. He’s coming, and it’s been an adjustment, but I think he’s done a pretty good job, too.” I think it’s fine to believe that Wood projects to be one of the five starters next year, but I think it’s hard to say with certainty that he’s going to be one of the guys in the same way that you can say with certainty that Jeff Samardzija is going to be one of the guys. We can’t yet know what offseason moves will be made, nor can we know what strides other rotation competitors might make. I’m not saying Sveum is wrong – he can’t be, since it’s largely his decision, assuming Wood is still on the roster – I’m saying only that it’s September 3. A lot can change. As things are looking, though, behind Samardzija and Matt Garza, Wood is the likeliest currently-rostered pitcher to have a rotation spot next year. I doubt Sveum meant to say much more than that.
  • Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio points out that, clearly, the sole reason for the Cubs’ disastrous season was none other than Koyie Hill. “That was crushing,” Bosio told the Tribune of the 12-game losing streak back in May when the Cubs had all of Geovany Soto, Welington Castillo, and Steve Clevenger on the DL. “Those who really know baseball know it’s hard to get the battery on the same page, and then you’re forced to bring in a guy [Koyie Hill] who hasn’t been with you all spring and doesn’t really know what we’re doing. That, to me, was the hardest point, the most challenging point of the season.” Boom. Koyie’d.
  • More don’t-rest-guys-against-contenders stuff from Sveum. “I’ll give them days off when I think it’s called for and we’re not playing contending teams,’’ Sveum said, per the Sun-Times. “A lot of times you can tell [when a day off is needed], but sometimes you have to keep them in the lineup. And you never think of taking two guys out on the same day.’’ Never! You NEVER(!) rest two starters on the same day! Heresy, I say! (I hate myself for saying it, but Dusty Baker used to rest four regulars on the same day. I kind of liked that approach – or maybe I’m just recreating my memory because I think it’s kind of lame to arbitrarily decide that you just CAN’T rest two starters on the same day … in September of a completely lost season.) (I still like Dale. Don’t write me angry letters.)
  • Alfonso Soriano is now the 10th player with at least four 25-home run seasons with the Cubs. The other nine include some names you may have heard of: Sammy Sosa, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Aramis Ramirez, Ryne Sandberg, Hank Sauer, Bill Nicholson, and Hack Wilson.
  • As noted on Twitter (you followin’?), reliever Miguel Socolovich, claimed on waivers from the Orioles a couple weeks ago, is now up with the big team.
  • Alex Hinshaw, the lefty whom the Cubs claimed off of waivers from the Padres before he imploded against the Brewers, has been outrighted to AAA Iowa … whose season is over. He was DFA’d last week.
  • The MLBullets at BCB look at the Tigers’ sweep of the White Sox, which brought them into a tie atop the AL Central. Soxenfreude?
  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    damn doc…just bust my bubble, with all yer facts and stuff.

  • gutshot5820

    A lot of you guys need to get OFF the Cubs cool-aid. The advantage Theo had in Boston by outspending all other teams in the draft is no longer there. It is way tougher now to build up your team through the draft. It is typical of the Cubs, now that we stink, the draft pool is terrible and there are no impact TOR pitchers available. Whatever you may think about Theo’s intelligence, there is no guarantee any of the players in the minors will turn out to be stars. If you wait until 2015-16 to find out they failed, then this will be a sorry decade. The time to add free agents is now and later. As you have seen this year, good free agents are hard to come by and when you find a good piece, you have to keep adding because you are not going to get them all in one year.

    Building through the draft is good, but every team in the league is doing the same thing. Who is to say the Cubs are going to do it better than the other teams in the Central. The only way you are going to have an edge in drafting is to tank every year, and for a top three market team that is disgusting. If you think that is ok, then these guys truly are geniuses.

    • baldtaxguy

      Sounds so bleak. Maybe I should go root for another team.

    • The Show

      We’re okay with waiting, because really we have no other choice, we know bitching and moaning really wont do anything. What did people think rebuilding was? They seemed to be okay with it back in the winter and now that we are actually living through it people can’t stand it and we are not even done with year one. When you say “If you wait until 2015-16 to find out they failed, then this will be a sorry decade. The time to add free agents is now and later.” You act like you have a choice or an impact on the matter, but the truth is, you don’t. No matter what you do or say it is not going to make this process go any faster, maybe speed it up a little bit once they are on the tail end of it, but we are ways away from that. So really your choice is to either sit and watch like the rest of us or there is a first place team on the south side of Chicago that is begging for more fan support.

    • Bill

      Excellent post, but many fans on here will consider it heresy. To actually suggest that you can spend money on FA’s and build up a farm system at the same time is a foreign concept for many fans.

      The problem is that there aren’t many impact type FA’s available this offseason. This will probably be the case in the future as teams tend to be giving contract extensions to their good young players.

      I’m skeptical Theo can get the job done for the reasons you highlighted. This is why I would have preferred Ricketts hiring someone like a Dave Dombrowski, who has built up a team from the bottom (actually he did it twice). Theo never had to do this in Bos.

      As you said the new CBA makes it much more difficult to build a team up from the bottom. Also, EVERY team in baseball is trying to improve their farm system. Moneyball is no longer a secret that only a handful of teams operate under. Everyone is using sabermetrics to evaluate players. The advantage the Cubs have is being in a huge market but Theo is running the team like the Cubs play in KC.

      • Flashfire

        Poor, poor strawman. He just gets beaten senseless here every day.

      • Drew7

        I mean this in the most sincere way, Bill- you really need to read the book, “Moneyball”, not just watch the movie; as is the case most of the time, much of the book’s contents were ignored or glossed-over in the movie.

        • Bill

          Drew, Do you think Theo is doing something different than every other GM in baseball. Every GM is using Sabermetrics to evaluate players. I know they also incorporate the input of scouts, etc, but Theo is not doing something unique. At one time that might have been the case, but is no longer.

          Theo was able to outspend most other teams in the draft. He also acquired more draft picks than any other team in baseball during his tenure. Those comp picks are much rarer than they were under the old CBA.

          I’m not saying Theo can’t get the job done, but I’m much more critical of him than many are on this site. IMHO there were better choices if the plan was to blow it up and build it from the ground up. That wasn’t what Theo did in Bos.

          I think this is a big offseason for Theo. If he tries to put the same type of garbage on the field next season I think the fans (and most definitely the media) will start to voice their displeasure of Theo in a much more vocal way. I also think you’ll see attendance start to take a hit which is going to catch the attention of Ricketts because it will hurt his bottom line.

          • Drew7

            “Drew, Do you think Theo is doing something different than every other GM in baseball. Every GM is using Sabermetrics to evaluate players”

            This is exactly the reason why I suggested you read the book, “Moneyball”.

            “Sabermetrics” itself I’m sure is used by every GM in some sort of capacity, but how they are applied most certainly varies. Sabermetrics is used by every GM, but so are computers and scouts: With all these tools, it is finding the most efficient and effective way to utilize them that makes the difference.

          • hansman1982

            So you are saying that someone who is WIDELY regarded as one of the best GM’s in the game can’t sit there, figure out how a team is good for a long period of time and reverse engineer that to where the Cubs are now?

            I love Theo as our PBO for no other fact than he got ran out of town after an 89-win season in the AL East.

            How about this, let’s give the guy a couple of years before we start crucifying him for being the dumbest hire in the history of sports.

            • BeyondFukudome

              Did anyone above you actually say that it was the dumbest hire in the history of sports? No? I didn’t think so.

              However, since hyperbole is so de rigeueur around here, I’d like to congratulate you for posting the most egregiously exaggerated over-reaction in the history of sports blogs.

              • hansman1982

                You’re right, I was being a bit hyperbol-istic (if that’s a word) and for that I apologize. I certainly never wish to go too far over the top and went too far on the claims that Theo shouldn’t have been hired because he has no experience rebuilding a team.

                • BeyondFukudome

                  Hyperbol-istic. I like that, if only because it sounds like hyper-ballistic, which is itself hyperbolic. :-)

                  • Bric

                    Correct. Hyper-bolistic is a colloquial term used to describe the impossibility of travel at light speed.

                    Say, for instance, you are traveling in a space ship with an unlimited fuel supply at .9 the speed of light with a clock on the wall and a meter stick resting near you. As you increase the speed to .91 the clock will apear to tick .1 second slower and the meter stick will appear to be .1 meter longer. As you continue to accelerate the clock will continue to slow down and the meter stick will continue to lengthen. Therefore, you will never actually achieve light speed because the distance and time neede to reach it will continue to grow as you ever increase your speed.

                    Definition: Hyper ballistic (or hyper-bolistic). Exageration of speed :)

                    • Jake

                      What?

                    • cubchymyst

                      If you approach light speed and there is a clock on the wall of your space ship that clock will always appear to be ticking at correct rate to you. That is the idea of relativity. To an observer, however, the clock will appear to be ticking slower.

                    • Jake

                      That is True! That’s the pysics prob! You wou have to surpass light speed to get to Mars (or further). No such thing. But the comment made me laugh. Thanks Bric.

                    • Bric

                      Jake and Co. I’m glad I could provide a chuckle for you. It’s just someting i remember from high school physics. However a quick google search provides the veracity of the assertion.

                      RELATIVITY CALCULATORwww.1728.org/reltivty.htm

                    • Bric

                      Okay, the link didn’t go thru so let me just cut and paste for ya…

                      The above formula is used for calculating the changes that occur when objects approach the speed of light. This was formulated by the German-American physicist and mathematician Albert Einstein (1879-1955) in his Special Theory of Relativity. Basically, an object in motion undergoes 3 relativistic changes:
                      1) An increase in mass
                      2) A contraction in the direction of travel (Lorentz Transformation) and
                      3) A “slowing down” of time. (Time Dilation)

                      Velocities in ordinary life which to us might seem incredibly fast have only a miniscule relativistic effect. For example, orbital velocity (5 miles per second) produces a relativistic factor of change of only 1.000000000360219.
                      Traveling at 93,141.1985 miles per second (half the speed of light) produces a factor of 1.1547005383792517. Here the velocity is incredibly fast and yet the change is still quite small.
                      At .9 times the speed of light, the factor becomes 2.294157338705618. Finally, the effects of relativity become significant. What does this factor mean though? If you were in a spaceship traveling at .9 times the speed of light:
                      1) the ship’s mass (and you) would increase by a factor of 2.294
                      2) the ship (and you) would contract in the direction of travel by 2.294, meaning a 300 foot ship would shrink to 130.77 feet.
                      3) Perhaps the most interesting change is that 1 year to you would seem to be 2.294 years for someone back on Earth.

    • bbmoney

      I just don’t get why wanting to give a guy more than 10 months to rebuild a team and a farm sysetmer that..were..terrible….is drinking the cool-aid. To each his own….I guess.

      They will sign FA’s. They’ve had 1 offseason. They’ll sign more FA’s this year. Then I’m guessing really start spending the cash the next. I guess that’s unacceptable, or if I accept it, I’m a cool-aid drinker…..

      • Flashfire

        Why do you hate winning?

        • Jake

          Talking to you asshole!

          • Flashfire

            Yeah, my shrink said the same thing when he had to end his vacation early because of my suicide attempt. Sorry I don’t live up to your standards of class and intelligence.

            • Jake

              Yor wise comments don’t impress me(Did I say wise?, Somebody smack me)

  • Kevin

    I for one support the notation we need to go younger and build through the draft and low-risk signings. I also want to run Volstad and Wood out there every 5 days because right now we do not have many options in AAA. Also if either of them do really figure it out and become a 3,4,5 type start consistently next year then it is a win. If Wood/Volstad work out, and we sign Garza to an extension, we would have a solid core for a rotation. Then we would possibly be one front-end starter from contention.

  • Rich

    Featherstone
    I’ll accept your bleacher invite sometime.
    Hopefully with a win.

    Old Style ? Sure

  • http://www.sportsdanny.com Sportsdanny

    They are not spending money so do not expect BIG MOVES until they are close to winning. You will know when Epstoyer believe the team is close when Dale is fired and Terry Francona is hired

  • Jeff

    Gosh, I hope not! Big moves is what we need this off-season. Sign as many big ticket free agent pitchers that hit the market. Our pitching sucks ass!! Volstad and Wood are not the answers. The A’s looked like they were having a fire sale last winter and now they are in a pennant race.

    Get rid of what doesn’t work and move in players that do. Dempster, Zambrano, Ramirez Soto, Johnson, Baker and etc didn’t work anymore so move on.

    I’d be chasing after Edwin Jackson, talking trade for an arbitration eligible pitcher another teams doesn’t want to pay for anymore, something to go along with Garza and Shark or we are going to suck for a long time.

    We are getting rid of a ton of money off of the books this year, they better spend some this off-season or anybody who pays those high price tickets are idiots for doing so.

    I sure hope Ricketts doesn’t take the old Tribune attitude of throw some cheap crappy team out there because they will come and pay high ticket prices because it is the Cubs.

    If we wait to add higher priced free agents until our young guys are ready, that is a huge blunder that the front office should not make. Having a woeful pitching staff is as bad on player development as having an anemic offense.

    • Bill

      Well, Tom Ricketts did tell the old man that Wrigley Field will always sell out because there are enough suckers who will pay big dollars to watch a horrible product. Ok, he didn’t quite say that but it’s not far off.

      The Cubs have no starting pitching in AA or AAA, they need to sign some FA’s. They have lots of money, and they don’t have to lock up guys under loooong term contracts. I would say no more than 3-4 years tops. This would give the team a chance to win now, but they wouldn’t be blocking any of their prospects and they wouldn’t be tying up a lot of money in the long term. They could also turn around and trade this player, much like they did with Maholm.

  • cubsin

    I’m confident that Theo and Jed realize our pitching is a bit thin, and that our offense isn’t adequate. I suspect they’ll make some trades and sign some free agents this winter. They might even try to extend Garza, rather than trade him. But I don’t expect the 2013 Cubs will win even half their games next year. The 2014 team will have a (slim) chance of reaching the postseason. The 2015 team should be very good, and still very young.

  • Tommy

    Bitch and moan all you want, folks. Won’t do you any good – Theo is the President of Baseball Operations and as long as that is the case, he isn’t going to be blowing the bank on a bunch of free agents (at least not at this stage). He’s made that clear.

    So, feel free to complain and play armchair GM all you want, but the fact is these Cubs will be built from the ground up whether you like it or not.

    • Bill

      I don’t totally disagree with you but you left out one very tiny detail. Theo is the President, but Ricketts is the Owner. Ricketts is Theo’s boss. If Theo continues to put a horrible product on the field, which hurts attendance, and could hurt his upcoming TV deal, then you can guarantee Theo can bitch and moan all he wants but the owner is going to demand he spend money.

      • Flashfire

        “Hi, Tom, this is Theo. I quit. I’ll have another job in a week. Good luck getting anyone not named Bowden to take your job after you told me I had free reign and then pulled it away.”

        • Bill

          LOL! There are plenty of talented people who would be BEGGING to take the job. Do you think Theo is the only smart young guy around? There are plenty of guys who are asst GM’s or GM’s in smaller markets who would DIE for an owner who would let them spend money. Yep, I’m sure you’d have all kinds of problems finding a GM if you paid them Theo type money. Come on, let’s get serious. The Theo worship is reaching almost cult like status. Scary.

          • Flashfire

            This post is quite telling. You accuse the those of us who favor the rebuild of “Theo worship,” but it’s quite obvious that the opposite is true: you just hate him.

            Yes, you absolutely could get a smart young guy from another team to take over. But you would never get a Dombrowski, or a Beane, or a Cashman, or one of the truly established GMs. As soon as an owner pulled the rug out on Theo, none of them would leave their cushy jobs to take over when history suggests that Ricketts will do the same to the new GM if profit margins aren’t maintained.

            So, what you’re saying here is that a fresh-faced untested general manager is okay in quite possibly the toughest job in sports. You don’t want to build the minors and let young guys develop into a winning team — no, we have to sign veteran free agents. But a rookie GM who has to grow into the job? No problem there.

            If you can defend this seeming contradiction, please do. But, it’s worth noting that the name “Theo” shouldn’t show up in your response, because the exact identity of the general manager is immaterial to the argument.

            • Bill

              Duh. We couldn’t get Cashman, Dombroski, or Beane this time. If they like where they are working they won’t leave unless you pay them a LOT more than what they are making. That’s the case before Theo was hired and it would the case if Theo would leave.

              Is it a habit for you to create strawmen when making your point?

              YOU were the one who basically said no one would take the GM job if Theo left. This is nonsense. You’ve since backtracked, which I’m happy to see. There are GM’s in smaller markets, like Pitt, who are doing well. They would love to come to a place like Chi where they would make more money and be able to spend more money. There are also numerous young guns out there who could do the job. Are you saying Bos made a terrible hire when they gave an unproven Theo Epstein the GM job? Oh, but I’m sure you think Bos is an easy market to work in. Really, you are grasping at straws.

              If Ricketts tells Theo to spend more money, he’s not going to say, “spend more money or you’re gone”. Tom would stress to him how much it’s hurting the bottom line by Theo going cheap. If you think Theo would ‘quit’ after this then you must be scared of your shadow. Theo would look like a quitter. He left a mess in Bos, and now you have him quitting because his owner wants him to spend more money. Wow, the baseball world would be LAUGHING at Theo if he did this.

              Where do you get the nonsense that I don’t want to build the minors or develop young talent. NEVER have I said that here. Don’t make up strawmen. Yes, I want FA’s added, but I have no problem with what Theo is doing in the minors. That was the area that previous ownership and Hendry totally ignored and the Cubs are paying for it now.

              It’s possible to spend more money and continue to build up the farm system. These are not mutually exclusive.

              No, I’m not a Theo hater. He wasn’t my first choice but I was happy with the hire. My criticism of Theo is the moves that he’s made and his comments about spending for FA’s. Maybe Theo will surprise me and be more active in the FA market this winter than he has led on. BTW, when I talk about adding FA’s I’m talking 2-3 starting pitchers, a power bat, and a bullpen arm or two. I’m not talking about long term committments, but rather mid level FA’s (ie Sanchez, McCarthy).

              I’m sorry being critical of Theo’s moves is off limits with you. Aren’t you the guy who isn’t going to be happy if we aren’t in last place next year? Maybe I’m confusing you with another poster. Some people on here want us to be worse than bad the next couple years, because getting a high draft pick is the most important thing to them. Maybe that’s not your belief, but if Theo believes this then I will be bitching quite a bit.

              • Flashfire

                And, again, not once do you address my argument. I’m done. This isn’t fun.

                You win. Happy?

      • baldtaxguy

        But isn’t the thinking that this is a Ricketts’ conspiracy, to grow profits with the 3rd highest ticket price in the league? Or maybe….

        Theo becomes the fall guy, in a public relations double cross!! Yeah, that’s it. Tom publicly blames Theo for constraining the payroll unnecessarily in the guise of this so-called “building from within for sustained success” emphasis. Tom dramatically fires Theo after making millions and hires one of those smart, small market, asst GM’s to freely spend on Free Agents. After seasons of bloated contracts of underperforming players and .500 seasons, he then fires that smart, small market, asst GM and then hires another one of those smart, small market, asst GM whose theme is…wait for it….building from within and player development. And another cycle of profits roll in.

        Or maybe before we work up other rediculous conspiracy theories, or organize a boycott the team (picket signs outside of Wrigley “SPEND MY MONEY…THEO!!”??), let’s just see this plan execute before we predict the 2013 season, the 2014 season, the 2015 season?

        IT’S. BEEN. TEN. MONTHS.

        • Bill

          Is someone suggesting Theo be fired or is someone creating another strawman?

          I said this offseason could be very important to Theo and Ricketts in the message they are sending fans. Someone made the point that Theo isn’t going to spend any money this offseason. I stated it’s possible that Ricketts could recommend to Theo that for business it would be good to add some FA’s, even if they were short term assets. Is that conspiracy? I don’t think so.

          This is a team that will have lots of money coming off the books. If they pretty much field a similar team as this team then they will have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. Some will have no problem with that fact, but a lot of fans are not going to be happy.

          People knew this year would be bad and were willing to give Theo a free pass on this year, but that ‘goodwil’ starts to diminish after the season. People want to see improvement, even if it’s just marginal. Another 100 loss season and the natives will get very restless. If Theo’s not worried about that then he should be and I can guarantee you Ricketts is worried about it.

      • Frank

        Just because the money is not being spent on the major league roster does not mean that money is not being spent at all. A greatly expanded front office, new facilities in the DR, eating salaries to get rid of certain players ($45,000,000+), max spending (and bidding) in the international free agent market, a larger budget for the draft–this is where the money went. As baldtaxguy said: “IT’S. BEEN. TEN. MONTHS.” (caps are his). Hey–I’d like for my father to see a World Series win in his lifetime. I don’t know if that’ll happen, but at least there’s a plan in place. But that plan will take some time.

        • Bill

          Yes, and almost all that money comes off the books at the end of the season. I’m not asking the Cubs to have a $120M payroll next year. However, if there’s a FA who’s available who can help the team now, and not blocking a prospect, they should consider signing him. The money is available.

          • Jake

            It does? Not what I heard. Money on the books for years.

            • Bill

              Soriano’s contract is the only big contract left after this season. We owe him something like $36M over the next 2 seasons. Garza will cost them money but he’s worth the money. No more Big Z Dempster, Fukudome, Byrd, etc contracts. I thought I read if the Cubs trade Garza that would leave them a payroll obligation of $30 something million. Soriano would make up about half of the team’s payroll. Now there are some arbitration players, but the payroll will still be at KC level if they don’t go out and sign some FA’s. I would think, at a minimum, Theo will have to go out and sign some FA pitchers, especially starters. The team just doesn’t have any starting pitchers who are ready to pitch in Chi next season. Probably don’t have any major prospects who will be ready for the majors for 3-4 years.

              • Jake

                Those contratct have not been eliminated brother. They have been buried. Trust me.

                • Bill

                  You’re just joking, correct? The Cubs have something like $50M coming off the books after this season.

                  • Jake

                    That coul be. But not close to what they owe! And where do you think that money is coming from? You guessed it. The fans.

    • CrazYhorse

      And as long as the Cubs are a bottom feeder in the central division then people will moan and complain. I think they are entitled.

    • BeyondFukudome

      Right. And I assume when Hendry was blowing millions on Milton Bradley you didn’t “bitch and moan” because Hendry was going to sign him whether you liked it or not, right? Or perhaps you did express yourself because you thought that a baseball blog was a place where fans who don’t themselves run teams could nonetheless discuss their own opinions about baseball. One almost suspects that it’s only “bitching and moaning” if you don’t agree with it. But that would be irrational…

      • Bill

        I was bewildered why Hendry signed Bradley, who was a cancer everywhere he played. This was a team that had the best record in MLB (or was it the NL) the year before.

        • Drew7

          Well, you’re right about him being a cancer, but how many *cancers* actually implode and drag themselves out of baseball after showing that much productivity? The year before, Bradley’s line was .321/.436(!)/.563

          What I didn’t like about the deal was Hendry giving him a 3 year contract, but the talent was certainly there to give him a shot.

          • Bill

            True, but those numbers were never to be trusted. Just like Soriano inflated his numbers in Tex, so did Bradley. Plus, he still ended up playing only 126 games that season, of which 100 were as DH. The guy could never stay healthy, and he was a cancer. Sure, a 1 year deal would have been fine, but that would have never been enough to sign him. There’s always someone dumb enough to offer him more money, as Jim Hendry proved. There was no need to throw a ticking time bomb on a team that had more win than any other team in the NL.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Also, I think that the assumption that Bradley’s performance diminished because he mentally imploded is backwards. Bradley was always a hothead and, to be blunt, a little unbalanced. My expectation is for such a personality to get even worse in times of adversity. In other words, he didn’t fail because he was a jerk, but he became an even bigger jerk when he was failing.

            • Jake

              Jerk or not, Bradley just lost his swing. I personally saw many called strikeouts that he should have never had. Not saying he was “blackballed” or anything.”

  • Steve

    Wood and Volstad are not…the answers>>>???

    (shudder)….. Then we really ARE _ _ _ _ed…..!!!!

  • Chase S.

    The Cubs rebuild to me is like a story I know called “The Puppy Who Lost His Way.” The CBA was changing, and the puppy was getting… bigger.

    So you see, the puppy was like the Cubs in that they were both lost in the woods. And nobody, especially the little boy – “society” – knew where to find them. Except that the puppy was a dog. But the Cubs, my friends, that was a revolution.

    Knibb High Football Rules!

    • Steve

      I just pissed my pants….thanks for that Chase….that’s good stuff.

  • Jake

    You are a true idiot!

  • Stu

    Why wouldn’t a paying customer want a company to pay as much as possible for the product that they are selling?

  • Jake

    If we do the “real calculus)(No fangraphs), the Cubs are projected to be a contender in 2015! That’s right, 2015.(The earliest, barring big trades of course)

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    So the essence of the problem is for this organization is two fold.

    First, how do you get people to pay the incredible prices for tickets for decent seats, let alone advertisers…..

    Second and more importantly, even if we weren’t talking the Cubs, you have to expect that given the lack of depth in the minors, any kind, and I mean any kind of setback with younger talent is going to push it back further.

    I think that is what makes so much of this absurd. Theo has not shown a willingness ever to write off 3 years. And I don’t think Ricketts has brought them in to do that. In fact a dedication to losing and going it the lose to draft alone, would doom any City and State involvement. Politics 101 run from losers and losing……….

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