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Write a Ridiculous Letter, Get Published in the Chicago Tribune

I will be the first to admit that I don’t know how a newsroom works. I don’t know how story ideas are created, vetted, and assigned. I don’t know the process of writing a news article. I don’t know the pressures of a deadline. And I also don’t know how letters to the editor are […]

Cubs Clearly Want Jeff Samardzija to Succeed

Not that the Cubs would wish failure on any of their players, but the team’s effort to push Jeff Samardzija to success this Spring has been obvious and, at times, painful. He regularly pitches the 9th inning of Spring Training games, where he faces a cadre of minor leaguers, and is subjected to little criticism when he […]


The White Sox Are the Only Relevant Baseball Team in Chicago

Few articles require no introduction, and indeed – where ridiculous enough – no fisking. To wit: Beginning next week and playing out all summer long, the only relevant baseball team in New Gotham is at 35th and Shields. Yes, for the first time in decades, this town belongs to the White Sox. Stop right here […]

Chicago Cubs Get Creative With Ticket Packages

If you wanted to buy a bundle of tickets to Chicago Cubs games this year, but don’t have season tickets, and don’t want to go a la carte, you can now buy a package of 13 game tickets, with some choice built in. The ticket packages are divided into bleacher seats or seats in the […]

Lukewarm Stove: Javier Vazquez Wants to Pitch in Miami

Like LeBron James and Chris Bosh before him, free agent starter Javier Vazquez wants to take his talents to Miami. The 34-year-old starter, coming off a down year, has been connected to the Chicago Cubs’ search for a middle-of-the-rotation type, but there are now two significant hurdles to him becoming a Cub. In addition to […]

Why Didn’t You Bid on Sammy Sosa’s Corked Bat?

Apparently few were interested in acquiring a piece of Chicago Cubs infamy. The barrel of Sammy Sosa’s broken corked bat failed to sell at auction this weekend when it didn’t meet its suspected modest reserve price of $15,000. Former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who owns the controversial bat, had a secret reserve auction price in […]


Get Ready to Puke: Ryne Sandberg Could Join the White Sox

As I’ve said repeatedly, when Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the managerial job, his fate with the Chicago Cubs organization was sealed – that is to say, he wasn’t going to join Mike Quade’s staff. Now, Bruce Levine is reporting that, indeed, Sandberg will not be asked to join Quade’s staff. No real surprise there, […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Ozzie Guillen on the List?

Brace yourself: Ozzie Guillen says he’d be interested in the Chicago Cubs’ managerial job if he leaves the White Sox. Now unbrace yourself: he’s never been mentioned as even a remote possibility from the Cubs’ perspective, and he almost certainly isn’t. Still, it’s interesting. Guillen said he might be interested if the rival Cubs approached […]

Chicago Cubs Interview Eric Wedge for Managerial Opening

The Chicago Cubs have interviewed former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge for their managerial vacancy. Wedge was not among the names rumored to be on the Cubs’ short list as recently as a week ago, so this is at least a moderate surprise. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09, winning the American League Manager of […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: The Dodgers Are A-Callin’

Though he didn’t even appear in the game, last night’s shellacking of Carlos Silva made it incrementally more likely that Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly would be traded. With just over a week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, the Cubs are no doubt continuously evaluating their position vis a vis […]

Lukewarm Stove: White Sox Join Mets in Interest in Ted Lilly

Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams potentially interested in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, should the Cubs decide to sell. Sources say the Sox have kicked around the idea of pursuing Lilly. That would give them three lefties in their rotation with Buehrle and Danks, but there are some in […]


Ted Lilly to the New York Mets?

Now that Cliff Lee is off the trade market, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly becomes the best available lefty starting pitcher on the market, and remains one of the best two or three available overall. It seems highly likely that, if the Cubs decide to move Lilly and he’s amenable to waiving his limited no-trade […]

Is the Trade Market for Carlos Zambrano Going to Shape Up?

One of the many pieces the Chicago Cubs would no doubt like to move is currently-restricted pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Still away from the team while he receives anger management treatment and evaluation, Zambrano would likely welcome a trade – despite his no-trade clause – as he’s going to be stuck in the bullpen upon his […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Zambrano Says It was Derrek Lee’s Fault

As the World Turns… Video of Zambranogate shows the pitcher storming into the dugout after giving up four runs in the first inning on Friday, shouting – at no one in particular – and gesticulating wildly. Derrek Lee can be seen shouting “shut the f*ck up” to Zambrano, who turns, and directs his anger more […]

Wow: Carlos Zambrano Really Did Have Dinner With Ozzie Guillen Last Night

After yesterday’s Carlos Zambaster (that’s Zambrano and disaster together – I’m cool), Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen seemingly joked in the post-game press conference that he and Zambrano would be having dinner that evening, and Carlos “would have plenty of time to get a reservation.” So, yeah. He wasn’t kidding. 11:15 p.m. Having dinner […]

Carlos Zambrano Has Lost It

He’s lost it, and he’s been suspended indefinitely by the Cubs. If you missed today’s Cubs/White Sox game, you missed some serious Carlos Zambrano related drama. Here’s a recap, and the money quotes: Zambrano had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the visitors’ dugout after surrendering four runs to the Chicago White Sox […]


Aramis Ramirez Returns Today, But Who Goes Out?

With third baseman Aramis Ramirez set to return from the disabled list today, the Chicago Cubs will have to decide whom to send out to make space for him. And it’s going to be a more difficult decision than usual. The Cubs plan to activate third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hand) from the disabled list for […]

Aramis Ramirez Won’t Be Back Until Friday

Aramis Ramirez is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but the Chicago Cubs are going to wait a couple of days before actually activating him. He won’t play in the Mariners series. The Cubs’ third baseman, who is coming back from a left thumb contusion that’s had him on the disabled list since […]

Cubs Set to Sign Bobby Howry Officially – Um, to Major League Deal

Contrary to my own speculation – you know, perfectly logical, understandable speculation – the impending Bobby Howry signing will not be for a minor league deal, despite his implosion in Arizona this year. No, it will be for a major league deal, and he’s expected to join the bullpen as early as today. The Chicago […]

President Obama Needles the Chicago Cubs – Again

President Obama is a White Sox fan, so you have to expect a certain level of mouth breathing and meth-teeth. I kid, I kid. But seriously, when it comes to White Sox fans, one thing you can expect? Digs at the Chicago Cubs. Yesterday the self-proclaimed Chicago White Sox fan went out of his way […]

Cubs and White Sox to Compete for Imaginary Championship

File this one under “meh.” Early-rising Cubs and White Sox officials and marketing executives got together Monday morning to announce what will be called the BP Crosstown Cup. Henceforth, the team with the most wins in the annual interleague series will be formally awarded the rivalry’s namesake trophy. But there was no Cup at the […]

Sigh: Carlos Silva is Getting My Hopes Up

When the Chicago Cubs dumped Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva in December, the reaction from fans was universal: sigh. This is the best they could do? Really? Really?? Silva had just struggled through what could very literally be the worst two seasons a pitcher could have and remain in Major League Baseball. Expectations were low. […]