Archive for June, 2011

Game 73 – Hard Fought Loss

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Cubs 2, White Sox 3

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What went right:

Garza kept the Cubs in it, even if he did make two bad pitches that led to the first two White Sox runs.

The rain delay came at the perfect time for the Cubs.  Getting Buehrle out early and with guys on base was important. It’s a shame that it couldn’t have come BEFORE Jeff Baker wasted his 6th inning at-bat.

Castro is physically unable to allow the ball to pass him by and yet seemingly finds himself perpetually on base and in the middle of things.  One of these days Castro is going to get 4 hits while seeing only 3 pitches in a game, don’t ask me how, but he’s going to do it.

What went wrong:

Did Garza forget the part of Pierre’s scouting report where he can’t get the ball out of the infield?  A more obvious squeeze situation I cannot conceive, and yet Garza just flings an easy pitch up and over the plate.  Pierre might have had a harder time bunting from a tee.

Jeff Samardzija threw 24 pitches.  He has thrown 24 or more pitches 16 times this year; in 9 of those games he has surrendered at least a run.  Conversely, in his other 14 appearances where he has thrown fewer than 24 pitches, he’s surrendered exactly 1 run – total.  However, the rest of the bullpen isn’t exactly lights out, so I do somewhat understand the adversarial relationship that Quade has with the bullpen phone.

No antics from Ozzie.  I find myself openly rooting for an umpiring blunder egregious enough to elicit a classic Guillen tirade.  The best reason to play for the White Sox would be so you could sit in the dugout and feed Ozzie’s bloodlust for the umps.  On any questionable call he can be persuaded that the White Sox were royally screwed – it’d be fun to help push him to that point.  Tonight I felt cheated.

Do thine eyes deceive me?

Are the advance scouts for the Cubs THAT bad?  Or is our pitching staff just THAT dumb?  Someone please explain why Paul Konerko is still seeing pitches.  Before the Cubs series started, he was 30-for-68 since May 28th – that’s only a .441 average.  He’d also hit 9 homers in that stretch.  Garza just grooved one, middle in, like Konerko is some unknown rookie.  He’s being “protected” in the lineup by Adam Dunn.  Dunn is hitting .177 (which is to say he could bat 3rd for the Cubs).  Yes, Dunn has particularly terrorized the Cubs throughout his career, but he doesn’t have a two-hit game since May 14th and he’s only hit 3 HRs in that span.  If they could find Ruben Sierra, even at 46 years old he’d provide better “protection” than Adam Dunn.  (Kenny Williams picks up his phone) There is ONE person in the White Sox lineup that can beat you on his own right now – he has HRs in five straight days – DON’T PITCH TO HIM!!!

Was that really the best lineup we could’ve fielded?  And who was the unlucky guy who had to tell Soriano that even though it was an AL park, he needed to bring his glove today?  We can’t let Montanez, LeMahieu, Johnson, Castro, and Baker appear in order at any point in the lineup.  Pena needs to be hitting higher than 7th, even against a lefty (and he proved it in the 5th with his HR).  Baker’s at-bat prior to the rain delay was awful.  If that’s what he brings as a DH, get Zambrano out there, at least he’ll swing the bat.  Somewhere Tyler Colvin is playing phone tag with Matt Murton, in desperate search of a sympathetic ear.  Colvin deserves better than to see every light-hitting OF get his spot on the Cubs roster; and he’d be a welcome upgrade over Montanez, hitting eighth and playing RF – or over Campana who is waiting for someone else to get on base so he can pinch run.

Hope for tomorrow:

There are signs of life, and tomorrow is another chance to win the series.  Garza looked pretty good.  Aramis’ at-bat after the rain delay was clutch; he obviously remembered that Pierre possesses the throwing arm of an 8-year old boy and targeted him for the RBI sac fly.  It’s also nice to see some aggressive baserunning – Johnson going 1st to 3rd on Castro’s bloop in the 6th is the reason why Aramis was able to tie it up.


Has anyone else noticed AJ Pierzynski celebrating like a schoolgirl after each Cubs’ strikeout?  If vanquishing Montanez is fist pump worthy, then I wanna see Doug Davis with a celebratory point to the heavens if he’s lucky enough to retire the rotting corpse of Omar Vizquel on Wednesday.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Sergio Santos (.278 WPA)

2nd Star – Starlin Castro (.178 WPA)

3rd Star – Paul Konerko (.126 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: -.491 WPA

Cubs Pitching: -.009 WPA

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Book Review – Ron Santo A Perfect 10

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Ron Santo’s longtime WGN Radio broadcast partner Pat Hughes teamed up with author Rich Wolfe to put together a great book on legendary third baseman Ron Santo, who played for the Cubs from 1960 to 1973 before spending his final season with the White Sox.

The title of the novel is Ron Santo A Perfect Ten, referring to the number that Ronnie sported for most of his career, which is now retired by the organization.  After speeding through the book in just three days, I would give it a perfect ten as well.

The forward, titled Namesakes are People Two, is by Ron Santo, Jr.  He describes what is was like to grow up around the ballpark with Ron Santo as a father.  Instead of simply writing about Ron themselves, Hughes and Wolfe talked to the people that knew him best and divided the book into sections with stories from different people.  The first chapter contains Pat’s memories about working with the Cubs legend for 15 years on WGN Radio.  He tells his favorite stories, including the burning hairpiece at Shea Stadium, the frozen yogurt machine in Arizona, the Brant Brown dropped fly ball and more.  In addition to all of the hilarious Pat & Ron stories that most of us have heard many times, Pat includes several new ones that will make you laugh.  The end of the first chapter includes a brief section by the only current Cub to contribute to the book, Kerry Wood.  He was always one of Santo’s favorite Cubs and the story about Jim Hendry and Wood talking about a deal at the funeral gives him even more of a connection to #10.  Wood writes about the phone call he made to Ron, who was in the hospital at the time, just after the Cubs won the NLDS in 2003.

The second chapter is stories from Ron’s family members.  His wife Vicki has a section titled “Living with a Legend,” while his son Jeff and daughter Kelly also share their stories.  Kelly wrote about how important Ronnie’s relationship with his grandsons (her two boys) was.  Jeff tells about the time he spent with his father gathering footage for his documentary “This Old Cub.”

The next chapter “Let’s Skedaddle to Seattle” focuses on Santo’s childhood.  His sister Adielene, high school sweetheart and ex-wife Judy and friends Frank Savelli and Bill Chatalas all contributed their memories.  Adielene’s section included some great stories of growing up in the same house as Ron Santo.  Savelli was one of Ronnie’s best friends, dating back to second grade.

Chapter four features Santo’s baseball friends.  Commissioner Bud Selig, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, former Cubs front office man John McDonough, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and Cubs president Crane Kenney were all included in this chapter.  Colletti grew up as a huge fan of Ron.  McDonough came up with the idea to retire #10 in 2003.

Media members such as  radio personality Mike Murphy, Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, Cubs beat writer Bruce Miles and TV/Radio host David Kaplan collaborated on a chapter.  Kaplan had some stories of pranks that he and John McDonough played on Ronnie in the 1990s when Kap served as the pregame show host on WGN Radio.  Murphy remembered the relationship that he and the bleacher bums had with Santo and the rest of the 1969 team.  Miles talked about how special Ron’s broadcast style was.

Speaking of broadcasting, one of the best chapters in the book included most of Ronnie’s ex-booth mates.  His first partner (1990-1995 on WGN Radio) Thom Brennaman told his favorite Santo story about how the first two words heard on the air at the start of their first season with the Cubs were profanity.  Bob Brenly, who is currently the Cubs TV color man, shared the booth with Thom and Ron on radio for two seasons.  Brenly and Santo were originally pitted against one another for the gig but the station decided to hire them both.  TV play-by-play man Len Kasper and producer Marc Brady also contributed to the chapter.  Ronnie’s trusty producer for ten seasons on 720-AM, Matt Boltz, wrote one of the best sections of the book.  Boltzy talked about how Ronnie was a father figure for him.  Andy Masur, Cory Provus and Judd Sirott, all of whom joined Pat, Matt and Ron in the booth at various times, all wrote sections.

The book also includes several great photos of the Cubs legend.  The final chapter, titled “Santopalooza,” included a unique section by Tom Lill, who played on the same men’s softball team as Ronnie for two years.  There is also a section in the final chapter filled with different stories about Ron’s hairpieces.

There were over 20 people who were interviewed for the novel whose stories did not make it, including teammates such as Ernie Banks, Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, Fergie Jenkins and Don Kessinger.  Their stories will be included in Rich Wolfe’s next book, For Cub Fans Only, Volume III.

Ron Santo A Perfect Ten is available on, at Chicagoland Jewel stores, and Binny’s Beverage Depot.  For any fan of Ron Santo, this book is a must read.  It is a great way to remember Ronnie with a smile on your face.

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Boise Hawks Preview

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

by Mark Sherrard of the Cubs Billy Goat Blog

With the draft in the books and the Cubs working diligently on signing their picks, its time for short-season (or Rookie) ball.

The Boise Hawks season got underway on Friday, with the Hawks splitting their first two games.  Here is a look at some of the players to watch on this year’s roster:

Kyler Burke, P – a former first round pick of the Padres, as an outfielder, the Cubs acquired Burke in 2007 for Michael Barrett.  With a career line of .244/.330/.387 over 5 minor league seasons, the Cubs decided to convert him to pitching this year to try to salvage his career.

Charles Thomas, P – another former position player (1B/3B), Thomas was converted to a reliever at the end of last season.  He reportedly throws in the high 90’s and it will be interesting to see what he can do over a full season.  He’s gotten out of the gates well, throwing 2 scoreless innings with 3 K’s in his first appearance of the season.

Austin Reed, P – a 12th round pick last year, Reed pitched well with the AZL Cubs (2.94 ERA and 34 K’s in 33.2 IP) and will look to build upon that success this year.

Benjamin Wells, P – a 7th round pick last year, Wells only pitched in 1 game after signing late and will get his first real taste of the minors this year.

Reggie Golden, OF – the highest profile player on this year’s roster is Golden, last year’s second round pick.  A 5-tool player in high school, Golden will probably be known more for his power than his speed as he grows and fills out.  He played only 4 games last year and will be looking to live up to his high expectations this year.

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Game 72 – Going Deep

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Cubs 6, White Sox 3

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game


  • Soriano DH’ed! Soriano DH’ed!
  • The Cubs put together a two-out rally in the 3rd, scoring twice on a solid single by Starlin Castro. Castro then swiped second on a pitch out.
  • The Castro Show continued in the 6th with a solo shot to tie the game. A few minutes later, Carlos Pena gave the Cubs the lead with a three-run bomb.
  • Carlos Zambrano battled through eight innings for his sixth win of the season. Zambrano struck out five, including Adam Dunn three times.
  • Aramis Ramirez had his glove working tonight. He made two excellent plays on hard-hit grounders, turning one of them into a double play.
  • Carlos Marmol navigated some 9th inning trouble to notch his 15th save.


  • The Cubs gave up a cheap run in the bottom of the 1st when Carlos Quentin cued a weak RBI single to RF. The next two runs certainly weren’t cheap, as Paul Konerko jacked yet another homer. That’s 20 for Konerko if you’re scoring at home.
  • The Cubs knocked out starter Gavin Floyd, but did next to nothing against the Sox bullpen.
  • D.J. LeMahieu continues to look overmatched at the plate.
  • Comcast gave us Len and Bob instead of Hawk and Steve. In the 3rd inning we were treated to a vanilla interview with GM Jim Hendry. Len and Bob tossed him a few softball questions that weren’t even worthy of a high school broadcaster.  For example: “What do general managers talk about when they get together before a game?” “Can you think of a faster player than Tony Campana?” Riveting.


The annual Cubs-Sox series usually gets me thinking about players who have suited up for both Chicago teams. We all remember the obvious two-timers (George Bell, Lance Johnson, Vance Law, Ron Santo, Sammy Sosa, Steve Stone, and Steve Trout), but here’s a quick look at a few you may have forgotten:

  • Jaime Navarro—Navarro racked up lots of innings, but most of them were bad. As a Cub in 1996, he led the NL in hits allowed. The next year he did the same thing for the Sox (in the AL of course). Navarro frequently looked like he was throwing batting practice.
  • Ron Hassey—A spare part in the Rick Sutcliffe deal, Hassey was a nice weapon off the bench in 1984, hitting .333 in limited action. The portly C/1B moved to the south side in 1986 and racked up even better numbers that season. One year later, he was straddling the Mendoza Line.
  • Tom Gordon—“Flash” was a hammer out of the Cubs 2001 bullpen, punching out 67 batters in only 45 innings. Unfortunately, an injury cut his season short. In 2003, he took his arsenal across town and logged 74 solid innings for the Sox. Did you know that Gordon hung around the Majors for 21 seasons?
  • Jay Johnstone—When we were kids, Johnstone was my neighbor’s favorite player. Looking at his career, I’m not sure why. Johnstone didn’t hit a lick for the Cubs or the Sox. For what it’s worth, he did have a couple decent seasons for the Phillies in the 1970s.
  • Matt Karchner—In 1998, the Cubs were looking for bullpen help to solidify their playoff run. They decided to acquire Karchner from the White Sox in exchange for prospect pitcher Jon Garland. As I’m sure you remember, the Cubs got the short straw in this deal. Karchner was completely rotten, and Garland has gone on to a respectable ML career. He spent eight seasons in the Sox rotation and piled up a ton of league-average innings, which isn’t too bad.
  • Steve Christmas—How can you not love that name? Too bad Luke Easter wasn’t available.


I have to admit, the “Crosstown Classic” does very little for me. It really brings out the worst in both fan bases, and I simply can’t stand watching Juan Pierre play baseball. Seriously, how can a Major League team play such a crappy hitter in LF? It isn’t 1963.

In case you were wondering, the Cubs were 82-80 in 1963. Ron Santo and Billy Williams tied for the team lead with 25 homers. Dick Ellsworth went 22-10 with a 2.11 ERA. I’d give my left arm for 82 wins this year.

OK, maybe not.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Starlin Castro (.282 WPA)

2nd Star – Alfonso Soriano (.242 WPA)

3rd Star – Carlos Zambrano (.131 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: +.323 WPA

Cubs Pitching: +.177 WPA

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Monday, June 20th, 2011

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.

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