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August 26, 2010

In The News: Cubs Win! Booooo!

Filed under: Featured,General — dat_cubfan_daver @ 2:18 pm

Greetings, Cubs fans. Are you enjoying “The Quade Bounce”? Yeah, I realize it’s only the perennial under-performing Washington Nationals, who recently had to DL their pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg AGAIN, but I still go to bed a little happier at night with a Cubs win in the books.

Of course, not everyone feels that way. I’ve read a few rants on these here Interwebz as of late decrying how the team is actually hurting itself by winning games and, thereby, lowering its 2011 draft pick position. Look, I understand this line of thinking and agree in a sense. About a month or so ago, I started wishing the Pirates were a better team this year so the Cubs could really hit bottom and get a better draft pick. Of course, as this chart (courtesy of Tales from Aisle 424) demonstrates, the Bucs aren’t the only problem. Remember, the Orioles, Diamondbacks, Mariners and Indians are also God-awful this year.

But, more to the point, I’d like to ask anyone truly angry that the Cubs are winning a few more games: Precisely what would you do to rectify the problem? I mean, if you, angry Cubs fan, were given a managerial or coaching position on the team, would you advise Starlin Castro to intentionally strike out rather than get a clutch hit, as he did last night? Would you advise Ryan Dempster to lower his strikeout rate? Would you engage Aramis Ramirez in a thumb war in hopes of causing a recurrence of the injury that plagued him earlier in the season?

I guess what I’m saying is: The remainder of the 2010 season is going to play out as its going to play out. Yeah, there would be a benefit to being the worst of the worst, but there’s really no realistic way of competing in that arena. So let it go, let the team play and let’s hope the young players get as much good experience as possible.

And now, on with the news:

Joe Girardi to address the Chicago media on the morrow.  The Yankees roll into town tomorrow to take on the contending (argh!) Chicago White Sox and their manager, Joe Girardi, is no dummy. He’s expecting the media throng to pelt him with queries regarding whether he would/will manage the Cubs next season, and Joe’s gone on record as saying he will answer those questions — one last time. Should be interesting.

Carlos Silva to swing by Peoria.  Rehabbing hurler Carlos Silva is expected to pitch a few innings for the Peoria Chiefs tomorrow (Friday) night. Assuming all goes well, he’ll likely be back in the Cubs rotation later next week. I’m curious to see how the team handles its starting pitching staff come September. I mean, Casey Coleman pitched pretty well the last time out. And I believe Jeff Samardzija is still going to get a chance or two. How are they going to fit these guys in with Demp, Da Gorz, Big Z, Wells and Silva firmly ensconced?

Speaking of pitchers … remember the Maine!  How am I supposed to remember him when I don’t know who the hell he is? In case you didn’t hear, the Cubs sent looks-like-a-knuckleballer Justin Berg back down the minors a day or two ago and called up left-hander John Maine. He was acquired in the Aaron Heilman deal and has yet to make an appearance for the North Siders. His strikeout numbers, noted by Bruce Miles in that article, look good. Maybe he’s the LOOGY the Cubs have long been looking for. Or not.

Sammy Sosa, on the record.  Maybe you’ve read it, maybe you haven’t. But click on that link for the full text of Sammy Sosa’s recent interview with Chicago Magazine. To be honest, I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing but, from what I can gather, Slammin’ Sammy says precious little about the ‘roids issue.  Still, given Roger Clemens recent indictment and Mark McGwire’s apparent success with the Cardinals, the timing is interesting. Would you want to see the Cubs welcome Sosa back to Wrigley Field?

Andre Dawson Day: August 30, 2010.Yes, the Cubs will honor the Hall of Famer Hawk before Monday’s game against the dreaded Pittsburgh Pirates. I still think the timing is a little odd – why not do it on a weekend when more people will be there? But so it goes.

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  • Buddy

    Perhaps to try to boost attendance for an otherwise unattractive game?

  • mastrick

    I’m glad to see the Cubs are winning under Quade, for the most part they’re playing more spirited baseball and smarter baseball too. I’m rooting for Quade too, he’s paid his dues and if he’s not the manager next year I think he’ll be one of two coaches invited back. By the same token I don’t have any sympathy or understanding for Scammin’ Sammy – he’s a two-time cheater and for that reason I hope he’s never inducted into the Hall and hopefully the number 21 will be worn by other Cubs players. Three years later and Sammy’s head is still so big he has to have his hats custom-made. Wonder if he’s still in denial about his skin color, why else would somebody try to dye their skin?

  • cap’n obvious

    draft sequence means very little unless the current regime ends…look at the turd sandwches they have picked in the first round in the past 10 years…the jury is still out on Vitters, Cashner, and Colvin, but every other pick has been shitty. Yes, I am including Prior. Someone sould have seen the needle marks and not drafted him…I actually thought Brownlie was a decent pick. Goes to show you I can both be wrong and admit it. My wife can do niether.

  • lizzie

    My wife can do niether.

    Well, when you’re never wrong, there’s no need to know how to admit it. I speak from experience of course. Haaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha. High five to Mrs. Obvious. :-)

  • Sinnycal

    This isn’t the NFL. Barring a number one overall pick and being able to nab the lone or maaaaaybe one of two sure-bet phenoms in the draft each year (and some years there really isn’t one of those, anyway), the MLB draft is such a crapshoot it’s not worth trying to lose to get a higher pick.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    I agree with Sinnycal. And no, I don’t want Sosa welcomed back. He was a diva on the levels of Clemens and Favre

  • dat_cubfan_daver

    @Buddy: Indeed. Sometimes the simplest answer is the most effective.

  • Cubs Fan Report

    We’re gonna guess the Cubs chose to honor Dawson on a Monday against the Pirates because… it’s a Monday game against the Pirates. They were probably hoping they could generate some extra ticket sales for an otherwise unappealing game at the beginning of the work week. Just a theory. But we agree, a weekend game would have made more sense and given more fans the ability to get to the ballpark early. But then again, maybe Dawson has a busy schedule. Who knows?

  • MJ

    “Someone sould have seen the needle marks and not drafted him…”

    Really? I love personal vendettas.

  • Seymour Butts

    Perhaps the 6th or so pick in the draft would be fine. Look at what the gNats paid for Strassburg who won’t pitch again for a year or more.

  • Buddy

    Personally, I don’t really care what they pay for players, as long as the they are the right players. For hitters, that means high onbase with power. For pitchers, that means command as well as stuff (the world is full of power arms with poor command). The Cubs are swimming in money, so bonuses and annual salries don’t concern me much. However, length of contract is a very important consideration. No more five-year+ deals!

  • mastrick

    Anybody gonna write a recap about today’s (Sunday) game? I wasn’t able to view it…

  • cap’n obvious

    I was thinking the same thing Mastrick, then I just figured the recap writers finally snapped and couldn’t take any more. Poor Lizzie didn’t even post the Girl-view…I fear she’s curled up in the fetal position with a bottle of ripple tring to find a happier place. Look what this team did to Sherm for god sake…at least he had the good sense to bail out back in April. God-bless the recappers for lasting this long. I can’t watch much more than the highlights, which are like 2 minute dentist appointments as it is…

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs seem to be scoring more runs since Dlee left the 3 hole, coincidence? Strasburg- another Boras bust. Anybody paying draft picks $10M signing bonuses should be out of the game. Just offer these draft picks and deal they can’t refuse, Jim Hendralito would.

  • lizzie

    If I was curled up in the fetal position enjoying my ripple it wasn’t because of Cubs dismay! I gave up that kind of mourning a lot earlier in the season. Maybe right around a week after Sherm. I’ll be doing a double-issue next week to make up for my absence!

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