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Quotes from the Cub website that caught my attention:

Lou, discussing the Cub pitching and propensity to walk hitters: “in this business… if you get runners on, they score.” Brilliant. As opposed to getting them out, of course, where it is infinitely more diffucult for them to do so. Let’s try that option for a while, pitching staff.

Soto: “I don’t think he (Marmol) has anything in his head.” Gee, no kidding. In this article, Soto said that he feels Marmol’s problem is with his arm slot. Got that? ARM SLOT. Therefore, crack pitching coach is working with Marmol. On his leg kick. LEG KICK.

“Rollins launched the first pitch from Sean Marshall into the left-field seats for his 15th homer and also served up Ibanez’s blast, his 27th, and an RBI single to Pedro Feliz.” What? Rollins hit a homer and also pitched to Ibanez and Feliz? Huh?

Koyie Hill” “Any time, if it’s a guy’s first start, it’s going to be new to him,” Hill said of Samardzija.” Um, Koyie, the first ANYTHING is usually NEW to the person. That’s kind of, well, what FIRST means, doesn’t it?

“I think he (Pedro) doesn’t have the stuff he had before, but now he pitches smart,” Soriano said. Soriano, it should be noted, still hits stupid and gets dominated by the aging Martinez.

Koyie Hill again: “Pedro, to me, was Pedro,” added Cubs catcher Koyie Hill, who went 1-for-2 off Martinez. “Maybe not six, seven years ago, but he’s going to give those guys a chance to win when he goes out there.” And you know Pedro from seven years ago how? Did you have a TV in the barn? He was pitching for the Red Sox in 2002 and did get a lot of face time on the tube.

Eric Lee, on vacation from his home in Lambertville, N.J., thought Martinez’s five innings were “pretty good,” for a guy his age. Who’s age? Martinez or the jackass from Lambertville? Who writes this tripe? Who cares where one guy in the stands comes from? For that matter, who cares what he thinks. He’s a Phillie fan.

It doesn’t get easier. Cliff Lee is on the mound today. He’s pretty good. He was acquired at the trading deadline. Some teams actually go get players to improve their chances of winning divisions and postseasons. The Cubs, however, just continue to say how “injuries are a part of the game.” Yes. Yes they are. So are trades. My opinion is that this team, with this personnel and this coaching staff won’t win the division. You’ll think it’s drastic and that I’m nuts, but I think this team needs to be blown up and rebuilt. Starting with the management. And you can quote me on that.

  • Kris

    “in this business… if you get runners on, they score.”

    Unless you’re the Cubs apparently. How many runners have we left on base just this week alone?

  • Doc Raker

    I agree Sherm. I officially gave up hope after the Harden game, if we can’t win a game after holding a team to two hits in 9 innings then what real chance do we have. How many men did we leave on base?

    The sad thing is we are stuck with these big salary underperformers for a few more years. This team isn’t getting significantly better anytime soon. It is hard to blow things up with these contracts, but I agree it needs to be blown up.

    Recently someone posted about the contract hell the Cubs are in. Very true which is very frustrating for fans who want changes.

  • MJ

    Recently someone posted about the contract hell the Cubs are in. Very true which is very frustrating for fans who want changes.

    Some would just say release them.

  • Yea… lets release Derrek Lee!

    Oh, and by the way, Milton Bradley is now 12th in the NL in OBP (though he is one plate appearance away from qualifying), and has been hitting the ball very since the ASG.

  • sherm

    How many runners have we left on base just this week alone?

    I think the technical term is “a shload”

    Oh, and by the way, Milton Bradley is now 12th in the NL in OBP (though he is one plate appearance away from qualifying), and has been hitting the ball very since the ASG.

    Well, okay, then. I don’t mind losing as long as Milton is holding his own in at least one offensive category.

  • What that Cubs fan did to Shane Victorino last night was disgraceful. If that would have happened in Philadelphia, everybody knows it would have been a national story about how ruthless and uncontained Philadelphia fans are.

    Thankfully, we’re on a mission to catch and persecute this kid. Anybody with any sense should help contribute to the cause: http://www.4daysrest.com/2009/08/13/dont-fuck-with-shane-victorino/

  • “…I think this team needs to be blown up and rebuilt”

    I said that at the end of last year.

    But given the contracts, what can be done? Soriano is signed through 2014.

    The Cubs will break the routine in 2015.

  • Doc Raker

    It is now a train wreck and all we can do is watch and cringe.

    So we got Bradley to take walks from the left side of the plate for $10M a year? That’s just doesn’t seem baseball wise to me, but then again I don’t have a fancy stat service to tell me what to think so maybe I am wrong.

    I watch Soriano and wonder how he ever did hit. Was he juiced? Was his bat speed better a few years ago? It must have been, he looks to be swinging a telephone pole. Didn’t we sign him to steal some bases? Five more years of this guys at $17M per, doesn’t seem wise to me, but then again….

  • cubbiedude

    //I think this team needs to be blown up and rebuilt.//

    Easy to blow it up; not so easy to rebuild.

  • Doc Raker

    The contract hell the Cubs are in make it difficult to blow up.