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starlin-castro-batDo we have a lot of NBA and NHL fans around here? Not that I’m necessarily encouraging it, but I don’t see a lot of side conversations in the comments about the two Finals, except for that hour after the Blawkhawks won the other night. I’m guessing we have more Blackhawks fans around here than Heat/Spurs/NBA fans, but I was kind of just curious. And then I wonder how large the Bulls fan contingent is here, and then I wonder about Bears fans, too.

  • Dale Sveum and teammates are talking about Starlin Castro’s 3 for 7 (one double) day as thought it has turned his season around. Sveum called it Castro’s best day of the year “by far.” That seems like a bit much, but hopefully they’re right about this getting things going for him. Castro got some grief from folks for that double, which looked like a walk-off homer off the bat in the 9th, but ended up falling just short, off the wall in center field. Castro wasn’t exactly busting it on the basepaths, and cruised into second base at a slow trot. Could he have had a triple if he’d been running full speed off the bat? Maybe. I don’t really feel strongly enough either way to defend or attack.
  • In talking about moving Castro back up to the two-spot yesterday, Dale Sveum also got into the general offensive struggles he’s seeing across the board with the Cubs lately, and he noted that the Cubs have faced a lot of good pitching lately. You can call it an excuse, but it now occurs to me, as I’ve typed out Pre-Gamin’ posts for the past couple weeks, and I don’t remember the last time I was writing about an opposing pitcher with a truly brutal set of stats. The Reds and Pirates have great pitching this year. The Angels threw Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas (who had just completed a pitcher-of-the-month kind of May) at the Cubs. The Diamondbacks have good pitching. Even that White Sox series that the Cubs dominated featured some good pitching.
  • Reliever Zach Putnam’s elbow issue appears to indeed be the bone spur, about which the team was already aware. The team, team doctor, and Putnam are expected to figure out the best course of action at this point, assuming the MRI revealed no other serious issues. It could be a matter of rest, alteration of mechanics, or surgery (or a combination of all three).
  • There’s a conversation over at the Message Board about Welington Castillo’s fielding prowess – how it compares to the rest of the league, and how much better it is than Dioner Navarro’s. The upshot is that Castillo’s overall defense, thought to be a drag as recently as last year, now looks like it’s solidly better than league average.
  • A James Russell family story.
  • Kevin Gregg remains stupid good this year. He’s striking out 29.5% of the batters he faces, and walks just 9%. The former is a career high, and the latter is his lowest in seven years.
  • Josh

    We will get to see some bad pitching against the Mets….they are throwing 3 guys with less then stellar numbers…..maybe a home run for Rizzo this series? When was the last game he hit one?

    • dob2812

      Shaun Marcum is good. Hefner isn’t. Niese used to be, but certainly isn’t this year.

      • King Jeff

        Marcum was good. He’s been pretty awful this year. Of course, that probably means he’s going to shut down the Cubs.

    • ABK

      I’m excited–as a Cubs fan living in NY (originally from Chicago), I treasure the games at Citi Field! I’ll be going on Saturday, sitting right behind home plate.

  • Jp3

    I’m not sure about NHL but as far as Chicago Bulls fans I think the NBA is dead to them at this time… Miraculously Derrick Rose yesterday via espn said he feels great and is back to normal and ready to go… Great timeing Derrick now that your team exited the playoffs a couple rounds ago… So Deng and Noah could play near death but you couldn’t play at 80%-90%? Did you get that much better in the last couple weeks? Smh

    • Tim

      I don’t get the hatred for DRose.The Bulls weren’t going to beat the Heat. Get over it. Who cares what Noah and Deng play through? Do you think anyone is going to care when Rose is back to being a top 5 player next year? No one is going to look at this season and be like, “If only Rose would have played……” The fact is Miami AND the Pacers were leaps and bounds better than the Bulls this year. The Bulls beat a mediocre Nets team in a down eastern conference. They weren’t trying to win, accept that and move on. DRose is a elite talent, no reason to risk injury or the future of the Bulls organization, because he is it

      • bryan

        Amen Tim.

        • They’re Alouing

          Rose reminds me of Mark Prior, all the talent in the world but no mental toughness

          • bbmoney

            Comments like this make no sense to me. The hatred for Rose has gone way too far. He means too much to the team the next decade where if he didn’t think he was ready it wasn’t worth it.

            • Spriggs

              I have no hatred for Rose. Just lost a little respect for him. Just like Pippen never really heard the last of his stupid playoff stunt, Rose will never hear the end of what he failed to do this year.

              I watched Deng and Noah in particular working their butts off and playing hurt. Surely a part of them was at least privately disappointed that their leader was not there for them. Did not have their backs. Rose didn’t handle it well – even if sitting was the right thing to do.

              • Jp3

                DRose is their leader? By example or motivational speaker?😊

                • Spriggs

                  OK, how about all-star Point guard? League MVP – point guard. Team assist leader and Team scoring leader. In short Team Leader! OK?

                  • Jp3

                    Well he wasn’t the assist leader or scoring leader in anything this season, I think he and juwan Howard were the leading vote getters of best dressed to never suit up but attend all games this season…

                    • Spriggs

                      See if this link works…[img]http://generatormeme.com/meme/4zd449[/img]

                    • Spriggs

                      damnit

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      Try quoting it instead.

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      Here you go Spriggs
                      [img]http://generatormeme.com/media/created/4zd449.jpg[/img]

                    • Spriggs

                      One more try… It is the old Derrick Rose playoff jersey – on sale now…

                      http://generatormeme.com/meme/4zd449

                      [img]http://generatormeme.com/meme/4zd449[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      I could tell you how to do it, but then I’d have to kill you:

                      [img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3825/9043245242_6ff9152262_o.jpg[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      Well, damm! :-P I know it will work this time:

                      [img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/9041038577_5eba8e803c_o.jpg[/img]

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      Looks like we have our own version of the three bears going on here. We finally got it just right.

                    • DarthHater

                      I actually like this one better:

                      [img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/9043286250_6f913f271b_o.png[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      Mmmmm, time for porridge…

                    • Jp3

                      looks like he’s wearing the proper attire in this one too…[img]http://www.atlnightspots.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/derrick-rose-cheerleaders.jpg[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      Sorry, I’m too distracted to have a clue who you are talking about.

                    • Jp3

                      Yeah there were better jokes but this one even the Drose fan club could appreciate this one

              • cubchymyst

                What part of Deng and Noah was injured? I know with rose it was his knee which takes a lot of pounding during a basketball game with all the running, jumping, and cutting he would do. Rather have Rose wait and come back 100% then return early and play timid or re-injury the knee.

                • Spriggs

                  Deng had wrist/hand problems that originally he planned to have surgery on, but decided to play through. He then came down with that infection. Noah had (has) planters facietis (sp?). Those guys were definitely hurting.

                  • cubchymyst

                    What are the chances of those injuries becoming worse or become re-injured while playing? I was fine with rose sitting out the whole time because his injury was one more likely to get re-injured if not fully healed. As you said Deng elected not to get a surgery that was talked about before the Olympics occur. I like that both Deng and Noah played through but I don’t think it is right to compare a knee injury to either of those.

                    • King Jeff

                      Deng was in and out of the hospital and on IV’s much of the playoffs. I think there was less of a chance for him to play than Rose. I remember reading that he tried to shoot jumpers at practice during the Heat series and almost passed out. He was in no shape to play.

                    • cubchymyst

                      I wish Deng would have gotten the surgery instead of playing in the Olympics.

                    • Spriggs

                      I’m not really trying to compare the injuries per se. I was just pointing out that I think it’s a possibility that Noah and Deng (just to throw names out – could be others) may have lost some respect for Rose – just like some of the fans may have.

                      The fact that Deng and Noah were playing thru pain, but their team leader was not willing to back them up – they must have their private opinions on that. I know I have mine as a lowly fan. It is human nature to look for to your leaders in time of desperation and the Bulls leader chose to think of his own future as opposed to the the immediate struggle of his mates at hand. Maybe it was for the long term good – but it was handled very poorly from Rose’s side — at least publicly. I lost some respect for Derrick. Nothing more.

                    • King Jeff

                      Luol Deng is the Terminator though. He doesn’t ever seem to come out when he’s playing, and he’s been playing through injuries his whole career. He is made up of some different stuff than the rest of us.

                    • Spriggs

                      I love Deng and I love his game… one thing about though, he does tend to disappear from time to time while he’s out there. Sometimes he’ll do something and I’ll think – Deng is playing?

                    • King Jeff

                      I agree. He’s got LeBron syndrome sometimes.

                    • cubchymyst

                      My point of view is not so much that Rose was not willing to play through pain, it was that he was not willing to risk further injury (and it would be the type of injury that would not allow him to play for an extend period of time) until he felt he was 100%.

                      Your right about players having their own opinions on Rose not playing. And those opinions stems form his medical clearance to resume activities. The whole situation was handled poorly from Roses side, because they never really spoke about what activities Rose was limited to and how comfortable his knee was during them.

                    • cubchymyst

                      I also hope Deng sticks around for awhile.

            • They’re Alouing

              No hatred for Rose, just disappointment. The situation has been handled poorly by his camp. He doesn’t want to be a leader, won’t do things leaders do, such as talk to free agents who would make his team better. Now I’m glad we didn’t get Dwight Howard, but a leader does what he can to make his team better. Rose doesn’t want any part of that. Jordan was foaming at the mouth when they MADE him sit out. Rose had the choice and backed down.

            • JulioZuleta

              I don’t hate Rose but I’ll never think of him as highly as I used to. All of Chicago loved him for being the hometown Golden Boy. If this season didn’t take away from that a little bit, I think you’re lying to yourself.

              PS If there are any Heat fans on here, please idnetify yourself so I no longer waste time acknowledging you.

              PPS The NBA in general is just the worst. The best-flopping team wins 96% of the time.

              PPPS Go Blackhawks

          • Timothy Scarbrough

            Mental toughness isn’t going to prevent you from getting hit in the the elbow with a baseball

          • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

            Right…no mental toughness on Prior which is why he was a 32 year old pitching in AAA still trying to make it back rather than giving up on his dreams.

            • They’re Alouing

              Its going to prevent your comeback, shutting it down anytime a little twinge happens. Do you not remember after he came back from being hit on the elbow (which obviously he couldn’t avoid and is a legitimate injury), every time he felt uncomfortable HE shut it down. If it was just a matter of coming back he would’ve remained a Cub. Prior like Rose got shaken when they he got injured, and Prior never recovered. Time will tell on Rose.

              • King Jeff

                So, throwing 150 pitch outings doesn’t mean squat because he was concerned with his arm being uncomfortable? Prior had problems, but he was also run into the dirt at a very young age.

                • Jp3

                  Yeah, I’m not sure the relation of DRose to Prior…. If Dusty Baker was Rose’s doc, he’d have been doing suicides on the gym floor mopped with Vaseline minutes after his knee surgery… Or the some sort of towel kicking drill…

                  • King Jeff

                    Ah, towel kicking drill, that’s hilarious.

    • King Jeff

      Wasn’t it Thibodeau who said that Rose was back to form? I don’t think Rose has even spoken to the media since the playoffs, and Deng didn’t play, he sat out most of the playoffs too.

  • bryan

    enough about rose jp3. He blew out his knee and he took the year off as many others have. He did the right thing as it is. He didn’t need to rush back to become a penny hardaway or gilb arenas. Next year you will stop bitching about him when he takes off two feet and tomahawk powerdunks it on some chump like he did on Goran Dragic. I love Drose and don’t understand why people were so tough on him. he blew his knee out. I will repeat, HE BLEW HIS KNEE OUT. I bet you’ve called off work before for having a headache so chill out on him bro.

    Count me as an all Chicago fan, except for the shitty ass dbags from the south side. I don’t even think they should have the Chicago name. Maybe like the Illinois white sox. lmao.

    Go Bears bulls hawks and cubbies!

    • Austin8466

      If I’m cleared by a doctor to return to work, and I don’t, I get fired. Period.

      Your argument holds no water.

      • bryan

        your right it doesn’t. the same bulls staff that cleared Lu to play 2 years ago when he never should have and the same doctors who cleared asik to play with a broken freakin leg. Your right, he should of played

        • Austin8466

          It was Rose’s private doctor that cleared him. You seem pretty misinformed.

          • bryan

            His private doctor was the team doctor, the one that performed the surgery. And he was cleared to practice, not to play.

            • Jp3

              All this Adidas stupid commercial, why in the hell did they feel the need to put RG3 in the same predicament? They obviously didn’t run this by rg3 and see if he wanted to do it, they just said hey big guy we’re paying you millions so dance puppets dance, we need to sell cleats

      • Jp3

        I’m not a huge Drose hater, it just doesnt make sense to anyone… even doctors, well except for shrinks (then it makes perfect sense). I’m just curious, will the Miami heat have Lebron next year? I only ask because why do all the rose defenders say “well we weren’t going to beat them this year anyways”, he’s there for the next few years at least, Bulls going to dodge him forever?That’s a terrible attitude that with arguably one of the best players in the league the Bulls stood no chance. Btw I’m not even a Bulls fan, I live in Charlotte, NC. I’m actually being objective about it, what happened in 2 weeks where you feel great now and going full speed a head?

        • Jp3

          And the Bobcats/hornets suck, we already know all this.

        • Austin8466

          “what happened in 2 weeks where you feel great now and going full speed a head?”

          Great question.

      • bbmoney

        I doubt your work involves make cuts and performing at an elite athletic level on the basketball court….so your arguement is well…..quite lame……period.

        • Austin8466

          What’s the difference? If I get injured on the job, take a few weeks off and my doctor approves me to go back to work or if Rose tears a ligament in his knee and his doctor approves him to go back to work, it’s the same situation.

          The point is that Rose was medically cleared by his private doctor and team doctors to play basketball in early March, and he didn’t. It’s gutless.

          • Andy

            Difference is that when doctors clear an athlete to play, they are only looking at the structure of the repaired joint. In Rose’s case, he was saying when he practiced, his hamstrings were “on fire.” That means they were weak, and unconditioned (which is likely from sitting out for so long). A weak, unconditioned hamstring can cause anterior translation of the tibia (the bottom half of your leg pushes forward) which is a cause for…duh duh duh duh… a torn ACL.

            Look no further than Iman Shumpert, who tore his ACL on the same day as Rose, and did return. In the playoffs, he was sitting out practices and getting treatment on the knee he returned to play on. Those things signify to me that maybe, just maybe, he wasn’t ready.

          • OlderStyle

            yahtzee…

            I’ve had the same argument with a friend. He tried to make the same comp to my being hurt. I, not so gently, reminded him that last summer I returned from an emergency operation to work to fulfill some obligations and make sure that operations continued as planned.

            80% of DRose is still better to the team then no Rose at all.

            For the record, I’ve been a Bears fan since ’77. Urlacher’s retirement was a sad day.
            I like the Bulls but the NBA has lost its appeal to me since Jordan’s retirement. I’m not rooting for Spurs but I hope Heat lose, they’re like the Yankees.
            I’ve never been able to get into hockey, although I did go to an Indy Ice game once to see the Hanson Brothers make an appearance. (that would be the “Hanson Brothers” from the movie Slapshot for the younger crowd on here.)

      • Tim

        When rose spoke to the media, somebody should have asked, “does your knee hurt?” If his answer was yes it was still bothering him, he absolutely should have sat the entire season. But if his only response was he was not mentally ready, he should have been out there.

    • Jp3

      Wow didn’t see this response til now, eh hem.. Derrick how is your knee?😀

  • Mike C

    I’ve been noticing this year that the Cubs can hit poor pitching real well. They can’t seem to hit good pitching though. It did seem that overall the Cubs batters took a lot more pitches in yesterday’s game than they normally do. Except maybe DDJ. I wish Soriano could lay off the low outside pitches — I swear he got a called strike swinging at a pick-off throw to first last year.

    • RoughRiider

      That’s called protecting the runner. The hit and run was on.

  • Justin

    Bears fan here. Their front office is crazy stupid. But I’m loyal. What ya going to do??

    • bryan

      I think their front office is fine? I take it you didn’t like the Long pick or the Urlacher situation…

      • Spriggs

        or moving a 13-3 team from the previous year to Champaign-Urbana to throw away home field and an entire season. I still call them the “Urbana Bears”. Or picking guys in the first round (name any offensive lineman) and moving them to a different positions (Carini, Williams, Long next?) they hadn’t played before. Or stubbornly giving extensions to your coach. Refusing to sign a good quarterback (“Rex is our quarterback. We are 7 and 2…”). Signing incompetent front office yes men.

        The Urlacher situation was a complete disgrace.

        • Patrick W.

          Hang on, is record an important factor in NFL decision making or not? It was before the move for the remodel but not when it came to the QB?

          • Spriggs

            The Green Bay Packers are a case in point. They completely remodeled Lambeau Field and didn’t throw away a whole season. Again, the Bears were 13-3 and then decided to play their home games the following season some 150 miles away in an awful location? That was a crazy stupid decision.

            If anyone thought that Rex Grossman was the answer at QB they were nuts. They went to the Superbowl on great defense and solid running backs. They were 7-2 despite their QB, who was a complete trainwreck in about half his games. They blew the small window they had to win another superbowl because of their insistence on “Rex being their QB”. Dumb.

      • Justin

        I am not of fan of the way the bears have drafted at all. Angelo was a disaster with drafting, and now Emery looks like he sucks at it too. Last years draft was horrible, and the 2013 draft for the bears has stretches all over the place.

  • Spriggs

    Side nitpicking rant here. OK, what gives with the all the sudden heavy usage of the word scuffling? Seems to be a phenomenon of the last couple years or so and mainly in sports announcing and reporting. It’s always used synonymously with struggling or slumping. Here is a sample definition of scuffle from my dictionary:

    verb: 1.to fight in a disorderly manner 2. to move by shuffling 3. to move in a hurried or confused manner

    noun: 1. a disorderly fight or struggle 2. the sound made by scuffling or shuffling

    Seems like a real stretch to apply today’s usage to this definition. And of course Lenny does it all the time. Was anyone else beaten down by his unending discussions of long extra innings games yesterday?

    • Cubbie Blues

      noun: 1. a disorderly fight or struggle

      Sounds about right. A disorderly struggle.

      • Spriggs

        That sounds right to you? Really? What is disorderly about a guy who blows or isn’t hitting well? It’s really pretty orderly for the Cubs.

        • Cubbie Blues

          touche`

        • DarthHater

          I think the usage is meant to capture two ideas: (a) the player is struggling with some aspect of his game; and (b) the struggle is “disorderly” in the sense that the player looks like he doesn’t know what to do about his difficulties.

          I guess I agree with you to the extent that I would not personally use the word “scuffle” in this way, but the meaning always seemed clear enough that it doesn’t really bug me.

          • Spriggs

            Well, just because you can figure out what someone means, doesn’t make the usage ok, does it? I just can’t figure out why everyone is starting to pick up on this one in particular. There are so many better ways to say someone is slumping, blowing, not playing up to par, sucking, being horrible at baseball – or just plain struggling. Scuffle? Come on! That’s wrong.

            • DarthHater

              I refuse to scuffle about it.

              • Spriggs

                Yeah, it’s worth scuffling over. I have many other things that are more scuffle worthy to scuffle about.

              • Spriggs

                *not worth*

  • Justin

    Castro did look a lot more aggresive yesterday and squared the ball up nicely. I really hope this is him getting back to what he does at the plate (with a bit more power).

  • DReese

    I am a huge Blackhawks fan and have been since they got on TV and think they will be very good for a long time.

    I am a huge Bulls fan and I am nervous about the coming seasons.

    I am a huge Bears fan and think the new coach will give us what we need to win. I hated Lovie.

    But baseball is my favorite sport.

    • bryan

      right on man. Hawks are set for the next 3+ seasons, and I cant wait for booz to be gone. Deng too I guess but I love what Lu does. And I also share your optimism on Trestman. I really really think they found a similar version of Thibs, obviously just a football coach.

      • Spriggs

        It’s amazing how bad Boozer really is – worst contract in Chicago. I swear he doesn’t seem at all like the same type of player he was at Duke. Had they even watched this guy play the last couple years before they signed him? I was completely baffled and still am. He really really blows.

        • DReese

          I think the bulls FO was like “well poop, I guess just sing whoever is left to a max contract” after they lost out on LeBron and bosh. I like rose and noah but I don’t think they have enough to beat the heat and I don’t know how they are going to do it.

          • Spriggs

            They need for James to turn into Rose – get hurt and not come back. That’s the only way they will beat them. Of course, Pat Riley would find a way to bring in another all star without any cap issues.

    • JoeyCollins

      Also a huge hawks fan. Can you imagine if Sveum coached Shaw. The quotes would be priceless.

  • Chris84

    Cubs/Blackhawks/Bears in that order. The Bulls and the NBA haven’t been on my radar since the late 90’s.

  • Spriggs

    Though I care a lot more about the Cubs, I am a Bulls fan. I don’t care for the NBA in general though and would not even consider watching the Heat in the finals.

    I used to care about the Bears WAY MORE than I do now, though I’m still a fan. Their front office is just so bad and the organization is so 2nd rate, I sometimes really dislike them. So, I’m almost done with the Bears.

    I am rooting for the Hawks, but won’t lose any sleep if they lose. To me hockey has always mainly just meant less news time (on Chicago TV) devoted to baseball and the Cubs.

    • DReese

      In the NBA I root for the bulls and the heat to lose but after that I can’t watch other games and enjoy them. I hate how “soft” the NBA has gotten and it upsets me that a slap on the wrist can be a technical but knocking out someone’s teeth on the NHL is only a 2 minute minor. The NBA needs to ease up but still protecting the player of course. Lets be honest if you get hurt from a slap on the wrist you should not be outside of your home.

  • Noah

    I’d best most prolonged offensive slumps for most teams are a little but of column A and a little bit of column B. In other words, some of it is a result of a player just not teeing up the ball as well, and some of it is facing pitchers who are pitching well. When you combine the two, you get a prolonged offensive slump.

  • cub4life

    First and foremost GO CUBS GO. Now that is said, Bears fan and a Hawks fan (even though I still don’t know most of the rules)(and oml that was a great great game the other nite) and go Bulls even though I’m not an NBA fan (gotta root for the Chicago domination).

  • EQ76

    Nothing is better live than playoff hockey.. but NHL is, like with many, my 4th favorite sport. I love all the sports and during each season, follow my teams.. I grew up watching Larry Bird and the Celtics (while living in SoCal) and became a big Celtics fan.. Also root for the Thunder as my secondary team since I now live in Oklahoma. I have watched all 4 of the Finals games but just as a fan of the Finals since I don’t have a “dog in this race”. But overall, baseball and the Cubs are and have always been my favorites and always will be.

  • Blublud

    Not a true heat fan, but I’m a big Lebron Fan, so I pull for them. My Grandmothers first cousin, Bob McAdoo, who we actually call Uncle Bob, is also an assistant coach for the Heat. He played for Pat Riley with the Lakers and has always been an assistant on his teams.

    Miami will win out, and raise the trophy on tues.

    • bryan

      Spurs will win game 5, that way the heat can pull off the unthinkable and come back and win in 7. The NBA built this team to market them, and what better way than to have them defeat all odds and win in 7. and blubud please don’t tell me you thin LeBron is better than mj….

      • Blublud

        I think Lebron is the Best Ever, yes, but I’m not opposed to someone putting Jordan first. I actually think Oscar Robinson was better then Jordan, so Jordan would not be my #1, even without Lebron.

        • Spriggs

          The Big O was truly awesome. Such a great, great all-around player. And almost perfect fundamentally in all aspects of the game. I really think that Jordan’s talents were just too overwhelming though.

        • fester30

          I understand putting Lebron in the conversation, but I don’t see him above Jordan personally. He has a long way to go. I don’t remember Jordan having 3 straight games like Lebron’s games 1-3 EVER, much less in the finals. He had a down game against the suns at about the same age as Lebron this year, and responded with 55 points. Jordan rose to the moment more consistently. We’re still waiting for Lebron to develop that kind of killer instinct.

    • Spriggs

      Met McAdoo in the early 70s at Vincennes Juco. Nice guy.

      • Blublud

        Yeah. He played there before transferring to North Carolina for a year. My cousin, James McAdoo also plays for Carolina.

        • Spriggs

          Awesome!

  • cub2014

    Luke or Brett,
    Can someone give me the scoop on Stephen Bruno?
    I assume he his hurt. My big question is why isnt he
    getting any mention on Cubs top 20 lists. His avg,
    obp & ops have been best in organization last 2 years.
    Please help me understand.

  • Blublud

    Oh, and Bulls fans will not watch the Heat because they begged Lebron to come Chicago, and when he chose Miami, they became bitter. It actually pretty sad. NY got over it, LA got over it. Cleveland fans got over it. But I guess when your best player is a soft Derek Rose, and Lebron consisteny crushes your team in the playoffs, it something that is hard to get over.

    • Jp3

      Brett, did you get what you wanted in more side conversationS?😝 This is probably far from over.

  • RWakild

    Am an all Chicago fan here with the White Sox dead last by far. Cubs, Bears, Black Hawks, Bulls, with the White Sox last. And nothing pisses me off more than a player who doesn’t hustle out of the box. Have noticed Soriano going back to his old ways lately and watching his hits. He stopped doing it for a while and got in the fans good graces. Hopefully Sveum addresses this Castro situation instead of just blowing it off. If Castro would have rushed out of the box he may have had a triple, who knows. But by watching the fly ball for a bit, there is no way to get a triple. Stop watching and start running!!!

    • Tim

      What about the Chicago fire?!?

  • Dustin S

    As far as facing touch pitching, we knew this 3 week stretch between AZ in late May and the 4 game series against the Cards next week would be tough since most of them in that part of the schedule were good teams. They aren’t going to face many weak pitchers against the top teams. Then again, it’s the majors and they aren’t going to face many weak pitchers ever.

    So almost ½ way through the season, I have a hard time buying into the tough pitcher reasoning. That just seems like an extension of the cleche “You have to tip your cap to (fill in the blank opposing pitcher), they really kept us off balance today”, excuse Sveum busts out after every game where the Cubs don’t hit much, and there are a lot of them. That speech has been going on for 4 or 5 years now, even before Sveum’s time. Someone should put together a montage video of Quade and Sveum saying that in post-games, that would be a hoot.

    PS Huge Blackhawks (and hockey) fan, I don’t live in Chicago but managed to make it to quite a few Blackhawks games this year, and even a round 1 playoff game. I try to stick to Cubbie talk on here though.

  • Austin8466

    Brett,

    You asked for this :)

  • Mr. Gonzo

    Cubs fan first (’80s WGN kid/Sandberg/Dawson/Grace) – I had no idea the ride that awaited me…

    Sooners fan second (Grew up in Norman, OK) – I did not get good grades in 2000.

    Thunder fan third (Norman is 20 minutes south of OKC) – It’s hard not to like this team.

    Texans fan fourth (Now I live in Austin, TX) – Namaste.

    My wife is a Spurs fan so I’m pushing for San Antonio, but I’m not losing any sleep. I would love more games in this series to play out like Game 1, but at least we are getting some amazing individual efforts. I’m not a hockey fan but I route for the Blackhawks when I can.

  • curt

    not picking on Castro but if the cubs are preaching a new way I hope sveum talks to him about always running out each at bat bc you never know which at bat is the one that counts

    • NLIADad

      Not that Catro shouldn’t be talked to but Pat was calling it a home run off the bat and couldn’t believe that it wasn’t.

  • Bilbo161

    While the Cubs are my first love, the relationship has been long and the love unrequited. I’ve been standing at the alter since 1958 waiting for the Bride to show up!

    So, in the mean time I shack up with the Blackhawks, Bulls, and “How ’bout them Cowboys” who throughout the years sated my appetite. I will always wonder what could have been and keep asking I there is any way……she just keeps on saying . . . . .

    Maybe next year? Perra!

  • JulioZuleta

    I would have a year long smile on my face if these Biogenesis records reveal some link to LeBron James.

    • Cyranojoe

      LOL hahahaha. Not likely, but still… can’t stand how he oh-so-publicly broke Cleveland’s heart, and then it seems the world forgave him after he won a championship in Miami. Seriously, people? Just had an argument about this with my wife. I say it was worse than anything Favre did.

      • bryan

        im from Cleveland and the whole city expected him back. News sites where saying the night before that he was 80% sure he was going back. Do i believe this? HELL NO.

        Say what you want about LBJ vs MJ but here is my argument and the only one needed.

        MJ- 6-0 in finals 6 MVPS.

        LBJ 1-2 in finals, 1 MVP

        MJ didn’t lose. And his mental toughness is on another universe compared to baby bron. Not to mention Mj played when their was traveling called, no d 3 secs in the key (which opens the lane up and consequently changed defensive philosophies), fouls were fouls- none of the flagrant crap now. MJ stood up to men and was ruthless, while Lebron flops around and complains non stop.

    • Bilbo161

      I’m with you there, but somehow I think James never needed the help. Where James is lacking is in the make-up department. Doesn’t have the tenacity, and defensive focus that would put him on MJs level as an overall player.

      • JulioZuleta

        Incredibly overrated defender. He defends guys the way I would defend 4th graders. Let them blow by me and try to make a huge block off the backboard, or make a risky play to try for a steal/highlight dunk. People think that because he has the most defensive highlights on sportscenter that he’s the greatest defender ever.

        He would have a championship in Cle by now (but guys like Irvin wouldnt be on the team). I’m glad he left because he ruined his legacy and arguably isnt going to get anymore rings than he would have in Cleveland.

        Disclaimer: I cant stand the NBA. I root for the Bulls but they’re a distant 4th in terms of my favorite Chicago teams. Most of my NBA-rooting energy goes towards rooting against LeBron.

  • Cyranojoe

    Cubs first. Nothing better than baseball, no team better than the Cubbies. Then da Bears — I was seven when Superbowl Shuffle and the ’85 Bears came out, nuff said. Then follows my backup NFL teams, which are many. (Being from New Jersey, the wife roots for the Giants, what a weirdo!) I would’ve called myself a Bulls fan, but really I was a Jordan fan back in the day; I’ll root for the Bulls, but I couldn’t tell you the coach’s name, etc. Loved to watch Peoria Rivermen games in person when I was in middle school, but that’s about it for hockey. Still, it’s more fun than basketball, which in turn is light years better than watching soccer.

    • Bilbo161

      Nothing could be more exciting than that last Blackhawks game except maybe the Cubs in a World Series win.

  • CubsFanSaxman

    I’ve always been told that “good” pitching beats “good” hitting. I am not convinced that the Cubs even have “good” hitting this year. So, given that, what else should you expect? There is a reason why the Cubs have only averaged 2+ runs a game lately. You can choose either answer and be correct. Everyone gets an ‘A’.

  • Matty V

    Cubs have always been my first love. Went to my first game with my dad at age 2 and have been hooked ever since. Bears are a close #2 for me. In the 90’s the Bulls were my second team, but I just can’t find a lot of reason to obsess over them anymore. I do have all of the Jordan-led Finals games on VHS, however. Hawks are probably my 2b team right now. That’s easy since they are so good, but I’ve always enjoyed hockey. I’ll be watching every second of the Finals and look forward to the Cup coming back to Chicago. The White Sox… No love what so ever. Hawk Harrelson is the epitome of things I detest about the Sox.

  • Andrew

    For me it goes Cubs, then Bears, then a distant third Bulls, then some more distance blackhawks though im starting to pay more attention to them. I like watching football more than baseball but im a bigger Cubs fan than i am a bears fan. I’ve never really watched hockey mainly based on my family not being into it too much but ive watched a few of the playoff games and its been fun.

  • mjhurdle

    Cubs/Bears/Hawks/Fire

    I stopped following the NBA after it was bought out and made a part of WWE

  • auggie1955

    My two favorite sports have always been baseball and hockey. With how poorly the Cubs have been this season they have really taken a back seat to the Hawks for me.

    As far as the Cubs go, I hope Castro gets left at the #2 slot. Also as far as a rep for the AS game I think it should be either Russell or Schierholtz. I’ve been too devoted to following the Hawks to even think about AS game voting. The only thing that has given me any enjoyment as far a the Cubs go has been following the daily performances of Almora, Baez and Soler.

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

    I know it is old news butt the last time DA Bulls won the title, the smart owner and his crack management team fired the whole team including a future all time top 50 great.

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