embarrassed bearThe Little Boy has developed a new habit: screaming at the top of his lungs at one singular time between 3 and 4 am. We’re going to have to figure that one out.

  • With a 4-2 win yesterday over the Dodgers, the Cardinals now have a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. That’s the same lead they had last year over the Giants before losing three straight non-competitive games and bowing out of the playoffs. I doubt that happens again this year, but the Dodgers obviously have the pitching to make that happen.
  • Of the Dodgers’ win the night before, Carlos Beltran didn’t care for Yasiel Puig’s triple celebration, and gladly shared his thoughts on the subject. The guy got a big hit and he allowed his excitement for that fact to show through. Whoop-dee-do. For a fantastic, sarcastic takedown, here’s Deadspin.
  • The Dodgers have banned the Rally Bear – or, more accurately, the man in the Rally Bear costume – for six months’ worth of games at Dodger Stadium. Basically, the guy wanted to urge the Dodgers to have a mascot, so he dressed up as a bear and jumped on the dugout in the 8th inning of Game Three of the NLCS. He was escorted out, and promptly placed a decades-long curse on the organization (probably).
  • Apparently the Dodgers, together with the Yankees, Angels, and Cubs, are the only teams without a dressed-up, on-field-type mascot. I would have thought it was a few more teams than that. We’ve discussed it before, but I can’t remember how most folks landed: a mascot in the stands for the Cubs? Good thing? Bad thing? Meh thing? As a recent father of young children, I’d say I’ve probably shifted at least to “meh.” Kids love people dressed up as things, man.
  • Kris Bryant is your co-Player of the Week in the AFL for the first week. Albert Almora apparently didn’t get in enough action that first week to qualify, because he’s been all-universe, too. Indeed, Almora went 2-4 yesterday with another couple doubles. Jorge Soler went – you guessed it – 1-5, and had a double. Armando Rivero gave up an earned run on a couple hits in an inning of work.
  • “5 Outs” premiered last night on CSN, offering a take on the Cubs’ 2003 season and what happened in Game Six. As a non-local, I wasn’t able to watch, but there is related coverage on CSNChicago now, like a take on whether Dusty Baker screwed up by allowing Mark Prior to throw 116 pitches in Game Two of the NLCS when the Cubs were already up huge (they’d go on to win 12-3). Moises Alou, Aramis Ramirez, and Jim Hendry discuss the Bartman play and the aftereffects thereof. A handful of other Cubs and Marlins and broadcasters discuss the play.
  • Did you know that Jay Marrioti still writes things that people are supposed to read? In one piece about Game Six, he manages to rip the Cubs, Steve Bartman, Cubs fans, Chicagoans, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago media. And then he climbs atop his high horse about all the times he publicly humiliated Bartman but didn’t really want to do it, and would totally not do it again. It’s a laudable trait to realize when you’ve been wrong in the past. But to then pat yourself on the back for it? There’s a reason some folks become trees silently falling in the woods, and it ain’t because of a shadow conspiracy to run them out of town.
  • Kevin F.

    John Kass does a little self-back-slappin’ in the Trib today, too. He can be such a clown….

  • JM

    Seems all too easy to have a “cubbie” bear walking around Wrigley, but I don’t really see the point. They already have an identity, albeit one I’d rather see altered.

  • Jed

    Wasn’t Mariotti in prison for a while, or was that just wishful dreaming?

    • Chris84

      Not sure about the prison thing, but I know he had some legal problems involving beating up his significant other.

  • MichiganGoat

    Just get the mascot out of storage because kids will love this mascot

    • CeeDeeVee

      Haha, this is great.

    • Jono

      I like the collars. Ricketts should bring those back

      • Cyranojoe

        The collars are actually kind of badass. I dig it.

        As for the mascot, I’m all in favor of it. It’s so simple and obvious for the Cubs, too, I don’t see any reason why a mascot would interfere with enjoying the game. That said, I enjoy doing the Wave at Dodger Stadium, and I think beach balls are a necessary component to the Chavez Ravine experience. Fun is fun. Bitching about people having fun at a baseball game is anti-fun.

        (On the other hand, if for some reason the Wave is why we see more stabbings & beatings in post-game scrums than it seems we did before, then I’ll be the first to put the kibosh on it!!)

    • DarthHater

      Amen, MG. You know I’ve been campaigning for the old 1908 mascot all along. Of course, I’m sure he needs to be fumigated…

      And yea, those collars will look great with turtlenecks during those cold games in April and (hopefully) October.

      • MichiganGoat

        Nah to the fumigation… just let him stand near the opposing dugouts that should give him a WAR of 4.5

        • DarthHater

          Goats never seem to understand the virtues of fumigation. Just saying.

      • DarthHater

        Sure, he’ll scare the kiddies, but if they’re going to be lifetime Cubs fans, they need to be taught to deal with horror. 😛

        • http://epicfunhub.com Frank

          Someone call Conan and ask if the Cubs can use the masturbating bear.

          • DarthHater

            Not appropriate for Wrigley. But he’d be a great mascot for a lot of the trade discussions around here. Brett???

            • http://epicfunhub.com Frank

              I admit that it would traumatize some kids for life, but is it any different than growing up a Cubs fan?

    • http://www.hookersorcake.com Hookers or Cake

      I don’t care about the mascot, as long as the Cubs never have shitty batter intro music. That’s my big fear. That the new jumbotron will introduce commercial noise and crappy music thats a part of almost all stadiums.
      Part of what makes Wrigley special is it lack of “EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS! CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP” BS and fast cut video montages set to some Daughtry song.

      • cubmig

        AMEN Hookers. But $$$$ trumps our sensibilities. Anyway……Get ready to be told when and how to “enjoy, encourage” what the machine tells you to.

      • Funn Dave

        Oh man, good point. That would suck.

      • auggie55

        I can’t stand that EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS song! How bleeping stupid are your fans that they have to be told when to cheer??!!!

    • Kyle

      Storage? He was probably dumpstered by 1910.

      • Cubbie Blues

        I guess Beth Murphy wasn’t around to go diving.

        • hansman

          Nah, I’m sure she has it stored somewhere to use when appropriate.

          Like strip poker night

          • Cubbie Blues


  • CeeDeeVee

    5 Outs was great. It gave me bad memories yet a ” I can’t wait until two years from now, and maybe even next year” for the playoff blood to start pumping through our bodies once again. When they showed the Woody homer, I got chills and had to rewind like 2 times.

    Anyone else ticked off at the Alou, Ramirez thing? I honestly would of benched them even if we had a smaller chance of winning. Atleast the subs would of gave it their all without “packing it in” before the actual game.

    • Diggs

      The Alou/Ramirez thing is hard to swallow, but I don’t think it was bench-worthy for a game 7 of the NLCS.

      My favorite part was Juan Pierre talking about his time as a Cub and how they’d find the craziest ways to lose. Also, I didn’t think it’d be possible for me to dislike Josh Beckett any more than I already do, but that story about him at the Lodge accomplished just that.

      • CeeDeeVee

        Oh yea that Beckett thing was even worse

  • Coldneck

    I’m not reading that Marrioti article. Don’t want to give him the pleasure of a page view.

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      There are some awesome replies to it, though.
      But my god, that man spews the putridest of putrid tripe.

  • North Side Irish

    I don’t necessarily want a mascot wandering Wrigley, but I do wish the Cubs had some kid-friendly elements available. It seems like pretty much every other stadium we’ve taken our daughter to has some kind of play area for kids (Milwaukee, St. Louis, San Diego, U.S. Cellular). Obviously Wrigley doesn’t have room for something that big, but it would be a nice to have some option to help parents.

    • MichiganGoat

      That is kind of what the plaza and Triangle Building were/are suppose to bring to Wrigley, but according to Tunney making kids happy would hurt the neighborhood and the bleachers are think that kids will block their view.

    • cubzfan

      Obviously, they need a “Fanzone” for kids and parents, hosted by a cuddly girl bear named “Carmen” who blows her trumpet to get the fans to cheer.

      • Napercal

        Great reference to the past!

      • Napercal

        Carmen Fanzone’s #23 flies proudly over Wrigley Field.

  • Mike

    Random side note: My daughter is 4 and is learning how to read. I was wearing a Cubs shirt last night, and she asked me what it said. I told her to sound it out, and she said: “Ca…yu…bes….Cubes!” #Cubes

    • dying cubs fan’s last request


  • Spoda17

    I don’t know who I hate more… the Dodgers or the Cardinals… I will be pulling for the AL no matter what.

    I am okay with being pumped and excited about make a great play or a clutch hit and pumping your fist and so forth… but when you’re 0-11, and you think you hit a home run, but you actually didn’t, and you have a reputation for being arrogant… then I’d prefer you just run. I think we need more excited players in baseball, nothing wrong with showing some emotion, but just like everything else, there is a right way and wrong way to do everything.

    • Noah_I

      Well, while the Cardinals are clearly the favorites considering they only have to win one game, at least as far as getting to game 7 is concerned the Dodgers have to feel as good as a team down 3-1 can about Greinke and Kershaw being the pitchers for games 5 and 6.

      But I agree, I’ll be rooting for whoever wins the AL. Which in some ways is weird because the Dodgers don’t actually have this massive history of success. They’ve won 6 World Series, 4 of which where in an 11 year span from 1955 to 1965, and then the other 2 were both in the 1980s. But for whatever reason the Dodgers rub me the wrong way. I’m not sure if it’s because of 2008, the fans being notorious for showing up late and leaving early, or because it feels like they “bought” this team (even though they largely developed their players or traded prospects for established MLB players). But for whatever reason, I just can’t actively root for them.

  • Jono

    I’m slightly against a mascot. But if they got one, meh, oh well. If having a mascot builds demand for tickets, which leads to more revenue, which leads to better players, then that’s a good thing. But, again, meh.

    • Jono

      maybe not just more demand for tickets. But with a mascot, kids may be willing to stay longer, leading to the parents buying more drinks and food, leading to more revenue. Ok, I’m kind of coming around on this

      • MichiganGoat

        Again that is why the Cubs want to have the plaza, triangle building, outdoors fairs but Tunney believes happy children are bad for the neighborhood.

        • Jono

          Those things will definitely make the place more kid friendly, but will they help kids actually stay in their seats for longer, though? They’ll definitely help, no doubt, and I’m a HUGE supporter of those things. But there’s always the “I want to go home” moment. And parents might just take kids home then instead of going back to the plaza.

        • Pat

          The plaza, triangle building, and outdoor fairs are all out side of the ballpark. That doesn’t really do anything to make the games more enjoyable for kids. I don’t care who the kid is, and three or four you’re lucky to get them to sit through three innings before they need to move around a little.

  • ssckelley

    If you have younger children and have ever attended any game with them mascots are a huge success. I think it would be neat to reopen Wrigley after the renovations are done with a new mascot.

    • hansman

      Damn commercialization ruining the game!!!!

      Back in my day, kids went to the game, watched every minute and they liked it!

      (as a parent, I whole heartedly disagree with this statement and think a mascot would be a boon for kids)

  • wilbur

    Try a nite light on a timer – 3 to 4. might work.

    no need for a mascot when you have paul sullivan.

  • Aaron

    Possible Cub Mascot Characters – Inspired by the 2003 Playoffs:

    Billy Bartman – extra padding in suit to protect against fans wanting to beat him up

    Moises the Monster – gets upset when people get in his way doing his job

    Gonzo Gonzales – drops things all the time making children laugh but parents cry

    Dusty the Dragon – this mascot has a plastic toothpick in his mouth but just sits there

    • DarthHater

      Very nice.

    • On The Farm

      How about Carlos ZamBronco. A bucking horse that runs around break bats over its knees, punching Gatorade coolers. All the while adjusting its ‘cup’ like its nobody’s business.

  • Clark Addison

    We don’t have Sullivan to kick around any more.

  • D-Rock

    Any idea how these manager interviews are going? When does Martinez interview?

  • hansman

    My guess for the middle-of-the-night screaming is night-terrors. My son did the same thing for a few weeks somewhere around the 10 month mark (and then again around 18 months-ish). It was just something that happened and then went away.

    • college_of_coaches

      My son also had night terrors. Apparently it is due to exhaustion, which makes it difficult for the child to transition to full-REM sleep.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It’s possible (he’s only 7 months), but don’t those usually result in screaming for a little bit (5/10 min), and they calm right back down and go back to sleep? He’s inconsolable when this happens, and we basically have to cradle him for the remaining couple hours of the night to get a little more sleep.

      • Hansman

        Yup. It usually involved me sleeping on the couch with him the rest of the night. Did not want to be laid back down at all

      • college_of_coaches

        Brett, that sounds like the symptoms we experienced. It was between age 6-months to 18-months. He would be inconsolable, but we realized that this was because he wasn’t actually fully-awake. Unfortunately we never found a remedy outside of preventive measures (enforcing a stricter nap-schedule). Eventually it went away.

      • cubmig

        Brett. Have you tried using a white noise machine whenever you put him down to nap or for the night? My daughter-in-law and hubby instituted this for sleep habit. It masks out disruptive sounds as well as lulls their little girl to sleep. It works for them.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Yup. We use ’em.

  • Indy57

    No mascot please.

    Since you and the family just moved, you might try renting The Conjuring for some hints as to what might be disturbing the Little Boy 😉

  • udbrky

    re: Puig:

    “I’d have my **** out if I scored four goals. I’d have my **** out, stroking it.”

    • Cyranojoe

      God that was funny. Hockey players!

  • Chris

    Hahaha! Jay Mariotti…. I had forgotten about him! Seriously, he is that meaningless of a human that he had actually completely disappeared from my consciousness.

    What a character…

    (and by character, I mean douchebag)

  • Jon

    I thought Ronnie Woo Woo was the mascot?

  • FastBall

    I’m okay with a mascot but it needs to be a not cheesy one.

  • Voice of Reason

    I’d prefer they deal with the clowns on the field instead of trying to develop a clown to walk around in the stands.

  • MightyBear

    My thing on the mascot is, “Who Cares”. If they get a mascot and some kids enjoy a bear or something and you get pictures of your kids with the bear, great. Kids love that stuff and it keeps them engaged. They just need to keep the bear out of people’s way when the game is on so people can see. They usually train those mascot guys well so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

    • cubzfan

      I agree. There are better places than in the rows of seats for the mascot to interact with kids. Like on the patio area behind the LF bleachers. Or in the concourse by the Sheffield Grill. Or on the field on days the “kids run the bases” after the game.

      You want to take it to the next level? The Disney parks now have multiple examples of an animated character who is programmed to immediately match what a live person is saying, to interact with the audience (I’m thinking of Crush in the aquarium and the Monsters Inc. “scare floor” show). You could have a place outside the park where parents could take kids before or after the game and let them interact with an animated version of the mascot, who will call them by name and ask them questions like “Who’s your favorite player?” Why is this superior to a costumed character? Well, you can have multiple locations operating simultaneously, the costumed characters don’t actually speak to the kids, and the technology could be taken to other locations, such as at the convention. Also potentially less scary for some toddlers than having some huge animal actually walk up to them. This would not replace the costumed character, but be an animated version of him/her.

  • cubmig


    Love this: “It’s a laudable trait to realize when you’ve been wrong in the past. But to then pat yourself on the back for it? There’s a reason some folks become trees silently falling in the woods, and it ain’t because of a shadow conspiracy to run them out of town.”

  • zach

    Cubby the billy goat…the mascot doesn’t have to be a bear right?

  • Funn Dave

    Can’t say that I’d be into an on-field mascot, although it’s not like it would ruin the game or anything.

  • itzscott

    Would love to see a goat as mascot.

    That alone would send the message to all those who think they’re cute & clever about incessantly throwing it in Cub fan’s faces to stick it in their ear and find some new material because the rest of us think it’s funny and meaningless.

  • TSB

    As part of the remodel, they should have a special room where all those players that get their panties in a bunch because someone on the other team “showed them up.” A room where while waiting for the counselor, they could whimper and cry out of the public eye, and if they are able, write statements for the press on how mean the other team’s members are. It’s such a hard life, they should apply anti-bullying legislation to the poor baseball players too!

  • Frankfort Dave

    Mascot sounds like perfect job for Crane Kenny. He already has his own jersey.

  • Bea Arthur’s Widower

    Why I feel compelled to be upset by Mariotti is an issue. But, the column is so filled with mistakes and venom and anger that I had to respond.

    1. He walked away from the Sun-Times? Not quite true. He claimed he other things to do but there also many behind the scenes issues. Also talk of family issue (his wife was indeed ill with cancer for a time and he was actually ok during that period–or wrote some touching stuff on it–lessons didn’t last).

    2. Yes, LA is laid back. They don’t have NFL team. Is they don’t care? Rather surf? What about all the events that draw in LA from college to pros? And when was the last time a fan was beaten up terribly at Cubs game? I don’t care if Dodger fans arrive late, they don’t act like soccer mobs. Sure, idiots have jumped on the field.–but never like those fans.

    3. Mariotti is in LA because no wanted him. It was last stop. He is running his own site claiming to be cutting edge not because he has a tiny audience. Gammons is doing it too–but that’s cool.

    4. Telander shouldn’t be critiqued so harshly–he isn’t ever good either–but both “outed” bartman’s name.

    5. Chicago isn’t an angry passionate town. We have idiot fans but it is no Philadelphia. Trust me. They just don’t like Mariotti.

    6. Is it a sick town? No hitting or girlfriend is sick. And that is what Mariotti did. The man has rage issues and clearly he is transferring them to a whole city. Classy.

    7. Bartman has been forgiven. He wasn’t even blamed by most mature fans a few days later. The litany of those to blame are famous enough. He isn’t on the list. He is right the media was terrible. But you needed a story that badly? Please.

    8. The Ricketts family would certainly honor Steve and the trib before it would have. He has indeed gone to games–or so we make an educated guess. It has been said repeatedly that if he ever appears it would be JDRF and donate all proceeds to them. But why should he even have to surface? It’s HIS choice.

    Rant over