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June 2011




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by Rachel Wisinski

Happy Monday everyone! And happy belated Father’s Day to all you dads! I took a few moments out of my day to thank my lucky stars for all I have, as I know I couldn’t have done any of it without my dad cheering me on from the sidelines.

I hope you didn’t spend too much time cursing your dad for introducing you to the Cubs. I will never forget that day in 2003 I asked my dad how the playoffs work. He drew me a bracket, explained the divisions and I was hooked. I know I wouldn’t be the person I am without the boys in blue. No matter how ugly the play on the field becomes, I take pride in the loyalty I have for my club and I hope you do too.

On another note, I’m convinced we need to keep our lips sealed next time the Cubs have a two-game winning streak. The anticipation and speculation about if it is going to finally happen hasn’t done anything but disappoint. I’m declaring it no-hitter territory—don’t touch it.

Without further ado, here is the week in a nutshell. Glad to finally see that W flag flying!

  • I just pulled a double take on those pitching match-ups. Seeing our 1-4 guys back in the rotation gave me a flashback to better days in the Spring…when I was delusional in trying to figure out whether the Cubs would be battling the Crew or Cards for the Central title.
  • Stay positive everyone, stay positive. The Cubs positively need to get better.
  • I’m going to the game on Saturday vs. the Yankees. I foresee a bloodbath.
  • I should be feeling better after the Mavs’ win last night, but as one more sports season draws to a close I’m getting painted in a corner. How am I supposed to ignore the Cubs’ now?! Thank goodness I like women’s basketball and that I discovered the women’s softball team moved and is fairly close to home now. This is the first time I can remember not even wanting to pay attention the Cubs. I fail at it miserably, of course.
  • I am looking forward to my weekend of the 4TH in West BY God Virginia where I will be in such a remote place that I can’t get cell, Internet or TV. Truly then, while I’m eating my famous smoked ribs by day and washing it down with ice cold bottles of Sam Adams cherry wheat and launching mortar after mortar at night, will I be able to remove this horrible half season from my mind. I hope that the owner can take his long weekend and evaluate what is going on with the team and surface with a plan that can make the fan base happily reach into their pockets and heap many likenesses of George Washington’s on the counter for beer, pretzels, tshirts and more tickets. Right now my baseball budget is buying a second patio, outdoor wood smoker and a new HD stereo unit.
  • These guys are unwatchable at this point…
  • So, the Cubs suck. A lot. But it’s not the end of the world. There is still half a season left. It could get better, or it could get worse. The trade deadline is a month and a half away, and hopefully they can get some decent acquisitions for the bullpen and rotation. But the only way that will happen is if Hendry gets his head out of his butt (or gets fired – please?) and looks at the state of the team he’s supposed to be the GM for. I mean, seriously, how can you trade players like DeRosa (and even Theriot – look at his numbers for STL) and pass up players like Lance Berkman (or managers like Girardi) for players like Pena and Sorryano. It’s frustrating. How many managers have we gone through (and fired/had resign) and not even looked deeper into the issue? It’s time for some changes in the franchise. Specifically a new GM (and – I hate to say it, because I like Q – a new manager with some experience).
  • I also am looking for 3 of 4…just not sure who has the 3. Could we play a game with teams composed of Cubs on the DL against those not on the DL? Might be a tighter game than you think.
  • I want to see wins. If I can’t see wins, I want to see effort. I don’t care who’s playing, I just want to see a hard-fought game.
  • I care if he’s a Theriot clone because Theriot is a bad hitter. I remember the orginal, so I sure don’t want to see the sequel.
  • The best thing to come out of the Theriot era was the ‘Theriot fishing’ bobble-head. I still think that is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen.
  • For me, Castro is the only untouchable. Deal anybody else, especially relievers, if you can get a good haul. As Norm said, 70-inning pitchers (or probably less in Wood’s case) aren’t essential pieces of the puzzle.
  • So fine, I don’t get to watch a lot of the games. But I had a rare chance tonight to use my brother’s subscription and tuned in just in time to see the bottom of the 8th when the Cubbies tied it up. In the top of the ninth I got my first real good look at Tony Campana. Does anyone else think he looks like he just had his bar mitzvah?
  • Clean house and get rid of everyone sans Castro, Colvin, Wood, Dempster, and Byrd. lol, I almost typed Zambrano instead of Byrd. Put them all on the trading block. I would love to sucker the White Sox into taking on Ramirez. The last time we traded a good 3B to them, we got Steve Stone. I am on the Ramirez hate-wagon, but let’s face it. He will go down as our best 3B since Santo. 3B was a revolving door until we got him. And everyone can rip on Hendry for all the NTCs, but by now they are a moot point, as those guys have the 10-5 veto at this point. I remember reading that about Ramirez’s contract, and I thought to myself, once his NTC expires, he’ll have the 10-5 veto.
  • Tell us how you REALLY feel Mark! Seriously it’s easy to armchair manage a MLB team, but reality is what it is and we’re kinda stuck. I disagree with your assessment of DeWitt in the left field. Campana has a soft bat and is crazy useful off the bench, just look what happened last night as an example. He disrupts defenses and builds rallies, and is better used in that role. I’m not quite willing to turn the Cubs into the Pittsburg Pirates v2.0 just yet, no fire sale needed. Get the kids work while the vets are injured, play for pride and next year!
  • Byrd and Wood should not be traded, Byrd hustles and is a good example for the youngsters and Wood took a home town discount to stay in Chicago- keep Wood in Chicago. Soriano is untradeable and Aram is a difficult trade with the 2012 option vesting with a trade. On the bright side of things the Cubs put a quality come back together with help from Aram and the youngsters. Campana made that a double out of the box, he was hustling fanny right out of the box. That kind of hustle gives the team energy, let the kids play.
  • I’ll bite. The reason our record is so goddamn putrid is wholly due to playing non-professional-caliber athletes in a professional league. Having any success in 2011 was completely dependent upon having bounce-back seasons from fragile players, which has proven to be the mess we speculated it may be. The answer sure doesn’t lie in a role playing guy like Campana, and we are unlikely to find another Castro in the minor leagues, let alone within our farm system. This whole thing is contract driven…blathering on about cleaning house is a joke. If last night’s game sparked a guttural negative reaction towards the Cubs, you are on the wrong site.
  • If last night’s game sparked a guttural negative reaction towards the Cubs, you are on the wrong site. Yay for the most sensible thing any of us has said! I may be feeling crappy about this season, but I can’t helped but be cheered a little by a nice comeback and two wins in a row. (This is how they suck me back in!) I think that’s part of why I was surprised to find a fire-sale post today.
  • I’m with you Chet, a 2 game winning streak is enough to get me interested again. I may be a cheap ho, but at least I am interested in the action.
  • CWL- But I wonder about July, August and Sept. The Red Sox started the season with a 7 game losing streak and are now contending. I am just wondering what if we string a 15 out of 18 together…just wondering if the bats become wonderful Batman………….just wondering if a wonderous reversal of fortune of Cubs youth is possible. I wonder if Cub youth can energize the old cranky vets……… could be wonderific………Boy Wonder
  • Direct TV’s MLB package is easing my pain this summer.
  • Cubs show off thier inner BEAST today. Who’s got a one game winning streak?
  • I thought I was watching a game from 2008 !! Good offense and defense . Good game for Dome his best as a Cub. Lets hope this sets the stage for the weekend . The Brew Crew heads north a bit wounded !!
  • Anything is possible. Washington just swept St. Louis. It’s a weird game sometimes.
  • 4 out of 5, I wonder if the kids have energized this team, 92 games left just wondering if they continue could it be wonderous. Is Campana the most wonderful runner, Quade managed a wonderful game today, he made wonderful changes at just the right time of wonderment- going to Marshall after 7 and a 3rd was wonderific, as was going to Marmol for 4 and inserting RJ in the 9th to make that wonderful catch. Wonderastic Manager Quade! Wondering wondering can it keep going………………wondering
  • I hope they can. Let’s make it 9 of 10, sweep the Yankees, and then invade the White Sox’s home and sweep them. I really want to talk some smack to all my White Sox friends on FB. And then go into work on Thursday wearing my Cubs hat loud and proud and pissing off my supervisors even more than I do when I walk in everyday with my Packers hat.
  • Its been a fun homestand so far…let’s keep it going today!
  • That was amazing! At the end of the seventh I was thinking that in the Yankee’s dugout they were thinking “We’ve got ‘em right where we want them.” And I prepared myself for a Yankees late inning charge that never came! I had to laugh when Moreland talked about how Rothschild probably gave the Yankee hitters some insights into Cubs pitchers. “He told them that Marmol throws sliders.” (not necessarily an exact quote). Really? The Yankee hitters needed Rothschild to tell them to expect sliders from Marmol?? Rothschild would have thought that the Yankee hitters needed to be told this? Keith redeemed himself a bit in the ninth when he pointed out that Reed Johnson had just been inserted as a defensive replacement just before he made that great diving catch. Given the overall team records, Burnett’s and Dempster’s numbers are not much different. Could today be the first three in a row?!?
  • Reed Johnson is the man. That catch was incredible. He needs to be playing more often, if his back cooperates. What a beautiful game. Davis was fantastic. Glad that he finally got a win! It was weird hearing Pat and Keith announce Mark Texeiria and Alex Rodriguez when they came up to bat. For some reason, beating the Yankees is more exciting than beating the Cards or Brewers.
  • I know hind sight is 20/20, but I really have to question some of Quade’s decisions…letting Dempster hit in the bottom of the 5th when he’d already walked 6 and thrown over 100 pitches (I know the bullpen has been used a lot lately, but still…)? Keeping Samardzija on in the 9th after he struggled in the 8th (again, I know the bullpen has been taxed…)? And why didn’t he have Geo lay down a bunt in the 9th to get the tying run in scoring position? Geo’s been struggling all season, and of course he hit into a rally killing double play. And oh yeah, why is Blake Dewitt still batting 3rd?!?! I know these are tough decisions for a manager, and maybe I’m being too hard on Quade…but he managed in the minor leagues for 17(?) years, maybe there’s a reason why he never got a shot in the big leagues before…
  • Was silently screaming at my TV yesterday when Dempster surpassed the 115 pitch count. I don’t care what inning it is, start a shower for this man at 100 pitches and at the very first sign of trouble after that hand him a bar of soap.
  • Pretty sure Northwestern, or even North Park has a leftfielder I’d choose over Soriano or Pierre.

And your updated standings are as follows:



Seymour Butts-8

Doc Raker-8


Doug S.-5




Larry Sproul-3


Mark in Toronto-2










Doug Bagley-1

Rich Beckman-1

Cap’n obvious-1

Tony E-1

Chris in Illinois-1

Brad Brewer-1

Question of the week:

Realistically, how many games back do you see the Cubs at the All-Star break? Keep in mind players returning from injury could add a much needed boost, and you just never know what could happen to the other teams in this shoddy division. All I know is it sure felt good to see St. Louis go on a 7-game skid.

  • BuckeyeLakerCub

    I forsee more SUCKAGE. 15 out

  • Seymour Butts

    Not sure how RADAR is a cubs associated word…maybe due to the similarity to a M*A*S*H unit.
    Speaking of which. Phat Albert appears to have the same kind of injury. sustained in the same way, as the one that took D Lee several years to recover from (if he ever recovered). I wonder if that throw up the line cost PooHoles more or less than $100 Mill?

  • PackerCubBull

    Well you can throw out that 300M contract. I think he’ll still get 200M

  • Doug S.

    When people look at the standings most tend to look at the leaders in each division. Not me. I slide right down to the 5-6 positions in the NLC. Unbelievably Houston continues to lose as well. Only a matter of time. No. 6 here we come and 14 games out at the ASB.

  • mrbaseball2usa

    I could easily see us 15 – 20 out… And how the Lastros continue to own the cellar, I will NEVER understand.

    I feel bad for young Carpenter last night. Helluva way to get welcomed to the bigs, kid.

  • Buddy

    I feel bad for me. I have to watch tonight’s game.

  • Norm

    Buddy, we have one TV and my wife will be watching Bachelorette. Cubs are bad, but they aren’t THAT bad!

  • MJ

    Dempster’s day on Saturday started bad. He was throwing warmups in Left toward the Bartman wall. One of his throws sailed on him, and plunked a fan right in the head. It was an auspicious start.

  • Buddy

    You’re right Norm. Watching the Cubs lose 15-0 would still be better than watching reality TV. MJ, hopefully that stray Dempster toss hit Jim Belushi.

  • What does it matter how far out they will be at the all-star break? The pertinent point is that they are out of it and will remain out of it. If it was possible to get back in it, then they would not yet be out of it.

    As for Dad and the Cubs, Dad was a White Sox fan having given up on the Cubs in 1929 when Hack Wilson failed to catch two fly balls in the seventh inning of the fourth game of the World Series.

    I believe I am a Cubs fan because of Ray Rayner.

  • cap’n obvious

    I blame Rayner as well…with his uber-cool 2-sided Cubs/Sox hat, and umbrella hat on rainy days. If anyone needs me, I’ll be at Cuddly Duddly’s house chilling with Garfield Goose.

  • Evan

    I don’t really see the Cubs improving much, even with players returning from injury. But the rest of the division is struggling too. So maybe they’ll move up a little bit by the All-Star Break. I’ll say 8 back.

  • Doc Raker

    No Lizard? WTF? There has to be a finale, call it Winzard or a Rachard or whatever but we need something formerly known as a Lizard. Someone please explain, I am to upset.

  • Doc Raker

    The Pujols injury is bad for Cub Nation, this puts the possibility of over paying for an underperforming Pujols right in Jim Hendry’s sight line, a perfect fit in Hendry’s world. If Pujols loses production ala Dlee after returning from the DL everyone in baseball will realize the loss in Pujols value except JIm Hendry. Hendry will bid against himself and over pay Pujol’s for less performance than ever before. This is right up Henry’s alley.

  • PackerCubBull

    I read in the papers today he broke the bone in the spot where the arm and wrist connect. That can’t be good. If Hendry signs him, I might have to head over to Ricketts house with a torch and pitchfork and demand he fire Hendry.

  • Seymour Butts

    Make sure to take angry villagers…that deepens the impact.

  • Slugging first baseman with an arm injury: see Derrek Lee. I am still a huge D-Lee fan, but his power is gone…four dingers in 200 ABs this season. I sure hope Doc isn’t right…

  • Doc Raker

    Hendry must be salivating while reading the Pujols injury report.

  • Doc Raker

    jswanson- when have I been wrong?