ian stewart cubsIf you followed Ian Stewart on Twitter, he seemed, at times, to be an odd bird. Recently, he went on an over-the-top rant against the Rockies’ organization for DFA’ing (and ultimately trading to the Yankees) third baseman Chris Nelson, the man who took Stewart’s job after the Rockies dealt him to the Cubs. It seems Stewart still harbors some ill feelings about being cast aside by the Rockies, and wishes he’d been given a chance to show what he could do there, if the Rockies were just going to dump Nelson anyway.

Maybe that’s an understandable position, but probably not one you should be espousing publicly given that you’re currently cashing checks from a team that hopes you can work your way back to the big leagues once healthy and effective.

But that day might not be coming, and the oddness of the Ian Stewart story continues to grow.

After some conflicting reports this weekend, it now seems clear that Ian Stewart simply decided not to play baseball over the past three days. When the Cubs activated him from the disabled list and optioned him to Iowa on Friday, Stewart had 72 hours to report to Iowa. Since he was already there, and since there was no question he was going to accept the assignment (he would lose his guaranteed contract if he didn’t), you would have expected him to play the next day as though no transaction occurred. The move was perfunctory, after all, and it’s not like he needed 72 hours to relocate.

According to GM Jed Hoyer, however, and per Jesse Rogers, Stewart decided to take the 72 hours the CBA granted him. He took that time and didn’t play. It was a kind of … break? Vacation? It’s unclear. Rogers lays into Stewart pretty good.

“We had a lot of discussions with him about it, in the end that was the decision,” Hoyer said of Stewart not playing for Iowa this weekend. “He has the right, it’s the given right the players have and that was the decision.”

Let me make sure I understand this correctly.

We’re talking about a player who was new to the Cubs in 2012 after being on the verge of a non-tender by the Rockies. His debut season with the Cubs ended after just 55 games with ongoing wrist problems that the Cubs helped Stewart fully explore and have surgically addressed (after the issue was missed in Stewart’s time with the Rockies). Before, during, and after that surgery, Stewart elected to rehab at home, rather than stay with the team, as many injured players do (for example, Matt Garza couldn’t tear himself off of the top step even after everyone knew his season was over with weeks yet to be played). He did have a child in that time period, so at least there is some explanation. Other writers, however, have intimated that the Cubs questioned Stewart’s commitment at that time.

They must not have questioned it completely, however, because the Cubs then gave Stewart $2 million for 2013, a season in which he could prove that he was finally healthy, and eager to show what he could do. You’d think he might have even been eager to repay the Cubs’ good graces, but I don’t want to read too much into things. Then, in the first intrasquad game before the Cactus League began, Stewart strained his quad. That strain kept him out for more than a month, at which time he was rehabbing at AAA Iowa. He wasn’t hitting, but presumably wanted to work hard to show the Cubs that he could be ready to contribute soon.

And then, when it became clear that he wasn’t going to be ready by the time his rehab stint was up, Stewart … took a three-day break? Because the CBA permitted it?

Now, I don’t know Ian Stewart from Adam. I’ve never (really) spoken with him, and I don’t presume to sit in judgment from hundreds of miles away. But when you consider that timeline, this latest episode, and what you could glean from his late-night Twitter proclivities (before he abruptly deleted his account last week, that is), you get the picture of a young man who may have some maturity issues and who may not be all that into playing baseball for the Chicago Cubs.

It’s unfortunate, but there’s no longer any reason for much optimism about Stewart’s future, at least with the Cubs. When the performance isn’t there and the health is in question, all you can hang your hat on is effort and attitude. Right now, Stewart doesn’t appear to be showing much in that regard.

I’d like to hear his explanation for avoiding baseball this weekend when he returns to the Iowa Cubs today, as he is expected to do.

  • On the Farm

    Is there anyway to demote him even further than AAA? Like when Bosie starts up can we send him to Idaho? If he doesn’t like Iowa I bet he would LOVE Idaho

  • Stu

    Maybe Ian took a look at his future with the Cubs and decided to make a business decision. Is it really any different from the FO/Ricketts intentionally not putting the best team out there for the sake of debt service, trading whatever they can by July, keeping prices high for a bad product, etc.

    The problem is that elites can’t fathom the little people like Ian doing what is in his best interest. He is not a horse that needs to be whipped when he gets out of line. He probably took a step back and saw that he is probably not in the future anyway. $2M for most people can last a lifetime.

    He is honoring the terms of his contract, so put it to rest.

    • mak

      I understand defending a guy who does what he has the explicit right to do, but tell me how this really benefits him? How is declining to play when he is woefully behind where he needs to be in his best interest?

      • Big Joe

        It’s 3 days, dude. 3 days. It’s in the CBA. Should be a non-story.

        • Cubbie Blues

          It’s more than that. There has been an on-going thing with Stewart. I get 4 weeks of vacation a year. That doesn’t mean I take it.

          • hansman1982

            You also don’t get 4 months off a year and paid regardless of how you perform or if you are too injured to do your job.

          • Big Joe

            And if you DO take all 4 weeks that you are afforded, do your coworkers chastise you? Does your boss question your commitment to your job? I doubt it. You take/don’t take what you’re allowed. It’s your right.

            • Cubbie Blues

              There are some that take a big chunks of it at once and yes, commitment is questioned by all.

              • Scott

                Then I don’t want to work for your company, if your commitment to the company is questioned if you use your vacation. Reminds me of a company I used to work for – and it sucked, and I left for a much better place to work.

                • Cubbie Blues

                  Actually it is great. And it isn’t if you use your vacation. I said in big blocks and of course if they are ill timed like when we are getting ready to launch a new product. We are very committed to the job and product and we expect everyone else to be as well.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          The story is: it’s odd that he didn’t want to play, given where his career is. This is very much a story.

          • Big Joe

            You said, yourself, that you’d like to hear Stewart’s own explanation for not playing right away. So…I’d say it’s not fair to say he “didn’t want to play”. Perhaps, he had family issues to deal with. Maybe he wanted to clear his head. Maybe, he is rededicating himself to his career???
            Since NOBODY knows, I’d say that “the story” CANNOT be “he didn’t want to play”, until we hear it from him.
            I understand where the questions come from, as far as the fans are concerned.
            I DO NOT understand where ANY anger stems from. The guy exercised his rights. Big deal.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              “Want” is the wrong word there, and, as I did in the post (and in a better phrased follow-up comment below), I mean to say “choose.” He chose not to play. And it’s weird. That doesn’t mean there’s not a good explanation, as I said in the piece.

              But your insistence on calling it a non-story really misses the mark. This is a fascinating story, and I look forward to hearing more about it.

              • Big Joe

                “Choose” is a better word. I agree.
                And, I guess, since minor transactions are “stories”, too, this would qualify.
                Probably a better way for me to word it, would be to say that I have very little interest in this story.

                • DarthHater

                  You say you have very little interest in the story, yet you seem to have an immense interest in going on and on worrying about what other people think about the guy.

                  Part of the fun of being a sports fan is getting to decide which guys you like and which you don’t like. If some Cubs fans choose not to like Stewart, that is their prerogative and is nothing but ordinary fan behavior. You’re not required to agree with them. But for somebody who is complaining about whether this is a story of interest, you’re showing a heck of a lot of interest in the most irrelevant aspects of the situation.

                  • Tommy

                    Brilliant Darth! You nailed it on that one, my friend.

                  • Big Joe

                    I made my initial comment, and then have answered comments from a couple people…none of which, until now, included you.
                    Fans have the right to like players, or hate them, true. I’ve never said anything to the contrary. All I’ve said is the guy exercised his right to take a few days off, whether the masses agree, or not. I’ve also called into question, as a result of him exercising his rights, the real reason to call this a “story”. All MY opinion, I know.
                    I haven’t went “on, and on”. As I said, I’ve answered replies from a couple other people…again, none of which, included you.
                    I’ve never felt “required” to agree with anyone. I believe my total DISAGREEMENT with most, as far as this “story” (or, non-story, if you ask me) is concerned, would point that out clearly.
                    Thanks for your unsolicited input.

            • Kyle

              Hoyer’s comments today made it clear the Cubs front office tried to talk him out of it, which means at the very least they weren’t impressed with his reasons.

              • Big Joe

                Most likely. And until anyone outside of the FO, and Stewart know those reasons, I can all anyone can do is speculate. Either way, the guy took a few days off, that he was allowed by the CBA.

                • Tommy

                  Just because it’s allowed, doesn’t mean it’s right. We’re ‘allowed’ to do all sorts of things – that doesn’t mean that we should do all of them.

                  • Big Joe

                    The CBA clearly states that this is more than acceptable. Just because we’re “allowed” to do things, doesn’t mean that we should. You’re right.
                    Just because others don’t agree with what we do, doesn’t make those things “wrong”, either.

                    • Tommy

                      So why are you getting so worked up about those of us that are put off by Stewart’s effort, or lack thereof?

                      Do you not agree that since Stewart was already in Iowa that he should have gone to work, when the rule is clearly meant to allow for travel time.

                    • Kyle

                      No, it doesn’t.

                      The CBA says what must be permitted, in this case on a technicality.

                      It says nothing about what is considered socially acceptable by fans, players or coaches, and those are who he has to deal with being annoyed at him.

        • Cub2014

          Iian Stewart shows his lack of interest in succeeding. Certainly
          A lack of personal pride. Professional sports are filled with
          People with talent but only a few have success at the top
          Level and it’s pretty obvious Ian won’t be one of those.

    • Jp3

      Sure you’re looking for conflict here with this statement saying he’s honoring his contract but???? I can’t believe he thinks Valbuena is the future or that he’s unsurpassable at 3rd base… C’mon you can’t believe either of those things. He’s staying up late at night watching WWE and wasn’t rehabbing with the team when he was given the chance, you can’t think he was “honoring” his end of the deal.

  • Phaedrus

    Not exactly the “Cubs Way” it would seem.

  • falselife

    There are a lot of vile human beings on the site. I knew there were a lot of opinionated, jaded d-bags, but why SO much hate over a guy that has pretty much delivered what anyone could have expected when the Cubs picked him up.

    So what. He took three days off. Big deal. It was his right, and there is no rush to get him up. We know none of the details as to why he took the days off. Maybe he wasn’t feeling well. Maybe he wanted to take a mental break to consider retiring. Maybe he wanted to shoot heroin all weekend. No idea why. I doubt very much that many people here would shy away from three days off that you are allotted, regardless of the circumstances. Yes, it was odd given he was coming off of rehab, but the union could slap his hand if he didn’t take it. I don’t know that, but with most unions you TAKE what was battled for regardless if you want it.

    Either way, they were his three days to take, and it’s his career to succeed or fail in. Any anger that stems from this should be directed at the Cubs, not one mess of a player that they foolishly invested in.

    • Jp3

      IAN??? Is that you???😝

    • willis

      I think that if you polled cub fans, almost 100% would agree, anger needs to be directed at the dumbass decision to bring this guy in and guarantee him money. But…

      There is anger with Stewart also becuase we all love the cubs, we all love them in a warped sick way. And this guy has had an attitude since day one that portrays him as too good for this organization, bigger than the team and the team’s goals, and pretty much just a shit attitude about being a cub.

      Plenty of anger to go around.

    • Cubbie Blues

      Has anyone guessed heroin yet? That is my guess.

      • willis

        At least the four letter could do a 30 for 30 on him then.

        Rising star, high draft pick, explodes on the scene, struggles, turns to opiates for pain, that turns into a heroin addiction, baseball career fails, becomes an example for kids on what not to do with your life…


        • Cubbie Blues

          “becomes an example for kids on what not to do with your life…”
          I think he already has this one down.

    • Eternal pessemist

      That explaination is just stupid!!! I could CHOOSE to work with less effort for my employer…maybe do just enough to not get noticed as a lazy d-bag, but instead i give maximum effort. My employer paid me to do a job with integrity and that is what i do. I show up when it is appropriately expected (like the d-bag ian should have done). Those extra 3 days were to help make an adjustment (like moving to the work area…which ian didn’t need to do). I hpoe this KILLS his next contract. What a dipshit!!!

      • Bric

        Did you mean “D-bag Ian? (like Ian Stewart)” or “D-bagian?” (like a Freudian slip”). I’m hoping you meant the latter because I think you just invented a cool new word. For example: “Such a D-bagian move to make…”

        Just curious.

        • DarthHater

          He meant the former, so you get to take credit for the cool new word! 😀

          • Bric

            Thanks, bro! Brett, if you use it again (and I hope you will) I formally renounce all rights to it’s creation. Likewise (though it was my initial comment that led to it) I give full credit to Die Hard for creating the Sabermetric statistic of “Belly Fire”.

            But let me use it one more time before it becomes Brett’s exclusive rights:
            “Stewart chose to take 3 days of. This was a very D-bagian move”. Yeah, that felt good. Hello Urban Dictionary.

  • Tom A.

    It should not be a surprise that the Cubs have players like Stewart and Marmol being paid millions. That is what a team does when its younger prospects are not yet ready. They end up signing and/or continue playing bad bad bad players — castoffs or nobody wants them type players. It really frustrates me, as I would gladly pay my season ticket monies to see unknown youth and hustle over free agent lazy and selfish. Ugh, the future can’t get to us soon enough !!!

    • Patrick W.

      I would not lump Marmol in with Stewart. they are completely different situations.

      Marmol is a guy who has been successful, earned a contract based on that success, has been incredibly durable and has simply lost his ability to perform the way he used to. All you ever hear from Marmol is straight forward assessments of his own performance problems, and his willingness to work on them.

      Stewart is a guy has been successful, enough to earn a “we don’t have better options” contract and has not shown the same straight forward assessments of his own performance problems nor a willingness to work on them.

      Marmol doesn’t have an attitude that indicates selfishness and laziness, Stewart can be questioned on both points.

  • Stu

    The “Cubs Way” seems to be another term for Big Brother slavery.

    If Ian was violating the terms of his contract that is one thing. Fine him or release him, no problem. If he is not performing up to the standards wanted, release him after his contract is up.

    What is with you guys that tolerate nonsense from the FO that could give a rats ass about any of you personally to always defend them but get down on one of the “worker bees” who doesn’t fall in line? He is not the future 3B when the glory days return for all of the bleeding hearts.

    I actually respect his non-slave mentality and only wish him the best with his family.

    • TWC

      “The “Cubs Way” seems to be another term for Big Brother slavery. … I actually respect his non-slave mentality.”

      Well, you win the hyperbole-of-the-day award.

      And the troll-of-the-day award, too.

      • Richp

        There is no other way to say it. TWC,you are a self righteous,first class jerk. Why do you always have to be a dick?

        • Cubbie Blues

          I would say more smarmy, but not a dick. The dicks are the ones that offer nothing but criticism of our beloved baseball team that we love, The Cubs. The dicks are the ones that don’t bring anything to the table that contributes to a healthy discussion. The dicks are the ones that think they are high and mighty because they “knew” the club was going to suck this year. Yeah, everyone knew that idiot.

          • waittilthisyear

            i think, what the bigger issue for me now, is how a nobody like Ian Stewart is turning us (the fans of BN) against eachother. Why can’t we be friends, why can’t weeeeeeee be friends, why can’t we bee frie-ends?

        • Tommy

          I love how you can ask TWC how he can be a self righteous, first class jerk, and then call him a dick.

          What exactly does this post say about you?

    • mak

      Did the Cubs release him? No. If they did, they’d still have to pay him 2 MILLION DOLLARS. In fact, given his (and yours) “do whats best for Ian and not the Cubs,” mentality, he would probably relish the chance to earn $2M to not do anything. Your slave hyperbole is beyond nonsense and insulting.

    • http://ODU Greenroom

      Stu, I can see you are heavily invested in Stewart’s rights. so be it. But please, can you refrain from the “slavery” remarks. Slavery has nothing to do with major league baseball or Stewart. To equate what actually occurred under slavery to baseball, is just absurd.

    • DarthHater

      I think fans are free to expect more from players than is required by the narrowest possible interpretation of the terms of their contract. Part of being a fan-atic is to love the guys who show dedication to the game and to their team and to dislike the guys who don’t. On that basis, I don;t really like Stewart, without regard to whether he has complied with the terms of his contract. But none of this has anything to do with his personal life, so I think it’s silly and immature to wish him ill personally.

      As to your question about TWC, there are some things, I’m afraid, that will always remain mysteries. 😉

  • itzscott

    Pretty short sighted on Stewart’s part…. get $2 million this year, do something/anything and get another $2 million from some team next year and pretty soon you’re talking about real money that’ll last his lifetime.

  • Stu

    Why is it trolling when I take a positive look at his decision making? Did he put a gun to the heads of the FO in offering him a contract?

    There may be other reasons for his taking his time. I think it is poor taste to take swipes at a guy without all of the facts.

    • Matt

      When the gun to head response appears you know the argument has jumped the shark.

  • @cubsfantroy

    I’m disappointed with Ian. I understand he probably feels like he belongs with the big club, and Sveum’s comments probably didn’t help, but it is not like he was ripping the ball down there. After conversing with him quite a bit on Twitter, I hope nothing but the best for him, as long as he isn’t on the Cubs moving forward.

  • John T

    Boise is So much cooler than Iowa

  • Stu

    And one more thing, do we apply the same standards to other Cub players who appear to not be doing it “the Cubs Way”?

    Is there a blog entry anywhere on the time that Barney is putting in to at least be a minimal hitter?

    Is there a blog entry on the time that Castro is putting in to stop making stupid defensive mistakes?

    Is there a blog entry on how every other Cub who is not burning the midnight oil in repairing obvious flaws in their game to become more of the “Cub Way”?

    • Cubbie Blues

      Actually, yes.
      April 13, 2013
      “He’s getting his hits, but Starlin Castro has no walks in 35 plate appearances, and flashed some frustrating “discipline” in the 9th yesterday when he whiffed on a Sergio Romo slider that started six inches outside, and ended up more than a foot outside. He also flashed a frustrating lack of focus in the field when he charged a routine grounder off the bat of pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, rather than taking the grounder normal, knowing that he had plenty of time to get Vogelsong. The ball skipped past him, and it was easily the turning point in the game. It’s early, and all of these things are mere anecdotal at this point. Castro’s also still very young. But I’d like to stop making these excuses at some point – however legitimate they may be – and instead start talking about how complete Castro’s game has become.”

      It’s OK to block quote an author when it’s on his site, correct?

    • TWC

      Man, you’ve got a real anti-boner about “Cubs Way”, don’cha? Especially because it was never mentioned in this article.

      What was mentioned, however, was this: “When the performance isn’t there and the health is in question, all you can hang your hat on is effort and attitude. Right now, Stewart doesn’t appear to be showing much in that regard.”

      You have a problem with that assessment? Or you just want to bitch about “The Cubs Way” some more?

      • Richp

        Yeah,your opinion is the only one that matters. You’re always so confrontational. What’s up with that?

        • Kyle

          Wait, aren’t you the guy who wanted a player to die for not being good at baseball? And you’re complaining about someone else being confrontational?

          • TWC


          • DarthHater

            Crushed again by the Iron Fist of Logic.

          • baldtaxguy


        • Patrick W.

          Jeez, if you can’t take a joke that’s you’re problem. Me and my guys think it’s hilarious when a guy provides a different point of view.

        • TWC

          Your opinion matters to me, Rich. For instance, when you raised objections to me calling you out for recommending the Cubs publicly execute Carlos Marmol at gunpoint, I thought long and hard about it.

          And I still think it was a dumb, dickheaded thing to say.


    • northsiders6

      How about benching a top prospect for not hustling? I would say that would be applying the same standard of the Cubs way to all players.

  • duke250

    Maybe he has what Derrick rose has… a problem between the ears. Can the Cubs still cut him and save some cash? Or will they have to pay him if they do cut the guy?

    • Jp3

      We have to pay unless he quits

  • RoughRiider

    I’m not one to condemn a man without knowing all the facts. However, his not playing for Iowa without some reasonable explanation is curious at best. It did give Vitters a chance to have a couple of good games this week. I’m not sure that with the way he’s been playing there is room at Iowa for him, It looks as if Stewart won’t be on the Cubs 40 man much longer and almost certainly won’t be with them after this year.

  • duke250

    I get the feeling that Stewart won’t get the opportunity to cash many more pay checks after 2013. Other teams woukd really have to be hard up to take this guy on!

  • Hack Wilson

    Barney, no hits

    Marmol, no strikes

    Stewart, NO PRIDE

  • waittilthisyear

    i wanted this fool to pan out, but at this point waiting for that is like chasing your own tail. cut him loose

  • arta

    IMO, i believe he doesn’t want to play with a bad rebuilding team. also never felt he was really hurt last year. he just stinks and Cubs made a bad decision.

  • Voice of Reason

    You know your team el stinkos when you are writing stories about wanting a more injured than not, non producing third basemen to report for rehab so he can return to the big league team and continue to el stinko until he gets hurt again.

    I’d rather read an article on the beer prices at the Iowa Cubs games.

  • MatthewJ

    I would just park him at the end of the bench for the remainder of the season. He would not get a single at bat.

  • Big Joe

    The guy is due three days off. The guy takes his three days. I doesn’t owe anyone an explanation why.
    He is, obviously, upset with the AAA assignment. I have no doubt that it is exactly “why” he didn’t report right away. But, the CBA says it’s his right. He exercised it. Big deal.
    With all of the other issues with this team, this is non-story.
    I’ve heard plenty of folks bash the guy. I’ve heard plenty of people say they don’t want him in Chicago. So, when the guy takes his time reporting to Iowa, and slows down ANY chance of returning to Chicago, people complain???
    My guess is that the guy won’t be a member of the organization much longer.
    Then, people will have to find something new to bitch about.

    • TWC

      He isn’t *due* three days off. He’s contractually entitled to it. There’s a difference there. And I think the conclusion in the article above sums up many folks’ frustrations with Stewart taking those days off:

      “When the performance isn’t there and the health is in question, all you can hang your hat on is effort and attitude. Right now, Stewart doesn’t appear to be showing much in that regard.”

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The point is not that he exercised his rights. That would be a non-story.

      The point is, against the backdrop, and given everything going on, *why* did he sit out? That’s the story, and it’s a very interesting one. (Obviously.)

      • DocShock

        Maybe he took the days because he thought he was going to be reinstated from the DL and play with the major league team. He has said all along he believed he was going to be the starting 3rd baseman ( and before you say well that is an arrogant, ignorant thing to say when has not proved himself-please not most premier athletes are arrogant about their abilities and yes Stewart is a premier athlete because he has done something few have, played ball at the major league level). So maybe he needed time to come to grips with the demotion and figure out what he wanted to do. Imagine you believed you being promoted at work becuase of a deadline that said you had to be (i know not a perfect analogy) and they told you no, wouldn’t you want some time to digest it, if you were allowed the time to do so. I would, just to make sure that this is what I wanted to do. Just my thoughts.

        • baldtaxguy

          I can’t believe, based on his performance during his Iowa rehab stint, that he believed he was entitled a trip to Chicago. If he did, and if he reacted to his “demotion” by effectively pouting, or “digesting it,” then the end of his career is near.

          My guess is that he needed some time away in order to quit sucking at baseball. If so, time well spent, young Ian, and now time to get back at it (er…baseball, not the sucking part).

    • Cubbie Blues

      I was very much a supporter of his until his complete douche baggery came out. He is a the train tracks of his career and he is tying his own rope to the tracks. If he would keep his head down, train and show that he has something left then nobody would have a problem with him. As it is he sees his chances dwindling and chooses this as a time to throw a hissy fit I would expect out of my 18 month old daughter.

  • Big Joe

    *he doesn’t owe anyone. I am a lousy typist.

    • Kyle

      Similarly, the Cubs don’t owe him continued playing time at AAA or a chance at the big-league roster.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        This pretty much nails it for me. I’m not calling Stewart a bad guy. I just don’t understand the decision here unless he’s not all that interested in playing anymore.

        • Kyle

          And I think he’d have more slack if there weren’t the rumors that the team was unhappy with him last year for not rehabbing with the organization directly, and the notices fans were taking of his extremely late-night tweets about video-game sessions for a guy who had to get up in the morning and rehab an injury that was mysteriously taking much longer than anticipated to heal.

        • hansman1982

          I think it’s:

          1. He isn’t passionate about playing baseball. For him, it is possible that this has just always something he has been really good at so he is taking advantage of that talent.
          2. He REALLY loved playing for Colorado (perhaps it’s his favorite team)
          2a. Conversely, or maybe just replacing #2, he hates playing for the Cubs.

          • DarthHater

            He clearly is entirely lacking in belly fire. ‘Nuff said.

            • hansman1982

              Ya, only giving 108-109%. Just unacceptedness.

        • Jp3

          Bet he’s interested in keeping the rest of that $2mill though..

      • Big Joe

        Just $2,000,000.

  • dash

    Many people would have given anything to have played even one of those games. If you don’t have a genuine love for the game, if you aren’t excited about stepping out onto that field, you should hang up your jersey and retire.

  • Tsb

    Why isn’t anybody defending Stewart using this season’s soon-to-be-cliche excuse? You know, ” 72 hours is such a small sample size, etc.”

    • Spencer


  • Bea Arthur’s Husband

    I didn’t ever want to make my final judgement on Ian Stewart based on reading his Twitter feed, but this story seals it. Let’s put aside the rehabbing at home. If he says he wanted to be near his wife, I applaud that and admire it. Garza is the “ideal” of that, but D-Rose wasn’t on the bench of the season and that’s ok.

    Looking back at what I read, I saw that Stewart celebrated his…ummm…favorite things. Grammar was not one of them. He was fairly vicious with trolls, but I can’t imagine any famous person enjoying them. I just didn’t like the attitude over all–baseball never seemed to factor in.

    I bought every injury. And I still do. But, when Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom are producing (before they regress to the mean)…and you suck? Well, show up, get better, and try. Look at the guys down there with MLB experience…Iowa isn’t Paris and they play. They care.

    When the Bears drafted the wide receiver who walked out on Washington State–they were pummeled in some quarters–better than DUIs they said.

    I still worry about the Cubs pro scouting who bring in junk like Stewart. Really?

    • Big Joe

      Can’t really argue with that. Well said.

      • Bea Arthur’s Husband

        Thanks Big Joe. That may be the first time I’ve had anyone agree with me here. Cheers. and, I love BN! Read it daily.

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    Pretty much the worst decision the Cubs made this off season, Stewart & Jackson.

    • DarthHater

      I think it’s too soon to draw that much of a conclusion about the Jackson signing. Just a few weeks ago, Feldman was looking truly awful and a lot of people here were calling for his release and bad mouthing the signing. Subsequently, he has pitched much better. I still think there’s hope for Jackson.

      • dying cubs fan’s last request

        I hope that too. I dont wanna see Jackson earnig 13M a year to pitch batting practice til 2016.

  • Aaron

    Brett, I agree that it is a story. He chose not to play. Please remember that even though Ian Stewart is a professional, he has the opportunity to play a game that many of us loved to play when we were kids, and some of us had the opportunity to play after at a higher level.

    Now dedicated to playing softball in my older years, I cannot imagine choosing not to play in any kind of organized game, whether I was getting paid or not. There’s something about the love of the game that matters here. Plus what I believe what he owes the Cubs and their fans.

    Perhaps it’s time for Mr. Stewart to quietly announce his retirement and give the Cubs their $2 million back, along with an apology to all Cubs fans. Lesson learned Cubs management.

  • DarthHater

    “Perhaps it’s time for Mr. Stewart to quietly announce his retirement and give the Cubs their $2 million back, along with an apology to all Cubs fans.”

    I want a back rub, too.

  • Toby

    I’d get the 2 million out of him by having him clean the bathrooms at Wrigley after games.

  • DowntownLBrown

    Ian Stewart is awful. He might have had talent, but he never put it together for a full season in his career. He also sounds immature, and moronic. 2013 will be the last of his career, so hopefully he can find a nice regular job to excel at. Unfortunately ,sounds like Mr. Stewart isn’t the type to listen to supervision and work well with others. Dont let the door hit you on the way out Stew.

  • ssckelley

    I hope Stewart was smart enough to invest most of this years salary as it will likely be his last MLB paycheck he will ever get.