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Please bear with me while I work up the energy to write yet another post featuring this stupid Milton Bradley controversy. (exasperated sigh)

Do I want to talk about this anymore? No, I really don't. Why? Because both sides are whipped up into such a frenzy that people only hear what they want to hear and don't listen to what the other side is saying. And I'm sure as hell not going to re-post Paul Sullivan's take on it. So if you're really desperate to read the latest on what Milton says he said and what the media says he said and what the fans in RF said yada yada yada, feel free to skip over to a newspaper and read it.

I'm so done with it.

 

In case you missed yesterday, you should know that everyone started freaking out because Harden and Heilman were claimed off waivers:

Foxsports.com is reporting that Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have been been claimed on waivers, perhaps signaling the start of the purge. The Cubs will have until Monday to work out a trade, let the claims go through or pull them back. Harden makes $7 million, and Heilman earns $1.65 million. The Cubs are unlikely to meet Harden's demands this off-season, and Heilman is not considered a big part of their future.

What does this mean? As berselius, thisyearcub, and gravedigger explained in the diary below, once a player is claimed off waivers, his club (the Cubs) have three days to do one of the following: a) pull him back off waivers, b) work out a trade with the team that claimed him, or c) let him go and the claiming team pays the rest of his contract. At this time of year, many players, many STAR players, are put on waivers by their GMs, most like to see if they get any bites. So unless/until we have news of a trade, keep the freaking out to a minimum.

Believe it or not, Dave Van Dyck still thinks the Cubs can get back in it:

"We've got to have a real good homestand and hopefully get some help elsewhere [with the Cardinals]," he said, "and hopefully cut the gap in half in the next 10 days or two weeks.

"Time is running out, and we've put ourselves in a bad spot. We're where we deserve to be right now."

Manager Lou Piniella admitted he "clings to" hope with fewer than 40 games remaining.

"It's amazing what a nice winning streak will do to make up ground in a hurry," Piniella said. "Unfortunately for us, we haven't had a good winning streak in a long time."

And it goes on like this:

Positive: With the Nationals, Mets, Astros and White Sox as opponents, the Cubs could put together a "nice winning streak," as Piniella called it. You know, like eight in a row.

Negative: Why would it start now? The Cubs' longest winning streak is five games, which they've done twice. They've also strung together a couple of four-gamers, but it will take better streaks than those.

Positive: Nine of the 10 games are against teams with sub-.500 records, and those are opponents the Cubs have cleaned up against this season.

Negative: Not so fast. This is St. Louis' opposition for the corresponding four series: Houston, Washington, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

Hey Dave, two weeks ago called, they want their article back.

Bruce  Miles picks Lou's brain about the "chemistry" issue (cue 50 people posting that chemistry is over-rated):

Lou talked about managing in general and how he keeps things together during tough times.

"I've been fortunate over the years that I've managed," he said. "We've kept distractions far and few between, and also, we've always had relatively good chemistry in the clubhouse. I think probably the best way is just a lot of individual talks more than anything else."

I followed up with a question about the chemistry of this club.

"It hasn't been one of our better mixes," he said.

I'm not sure where chemistry fits in when it comes to a baseball team, especially as it pertains to wins and losses. Usually, winning breeds chemistry. Lou spoke again from experience, saying the Yankees teams he played on in the late 1970s didn't have good off-the-field chemistry, but that they had "wonderful" chemistry on the field.

"Winning has a lot to do with chemistry," he said. "It makes the team come together a lot quicker. Remember, I told you all this spring, we had a big turnover. Sometimes it takes awhile. It doesn't necessarily just fall in your lap. But this hasn't been one of my better chemistry teams. But look, is that the reason we're winning or losing baseball games? No, I don't think so. You can go beyond that."

I agree, but it doesn't help.

In other news, Lou gave some rambling interview about being the scapegoat for the season.  My source tells me the Cubs aren't dealing. . . for now. And this chick wins the dumbass of the day award:

A 27-year-old Joliet woman is suffering from second-degree burns after using a lighter to check the fuel level in a gas can she was filling while the can was resting inside her car.

Police officials said the woman drove into a 7-11 gas station at 1609 E. Cass St. at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night and climbed out of her car.

She then placed the gas can on the passenger seat of the vehicle, pulled down the nozzle of the pump, and began filling the can.

About halfway through, the woman ignited a lighter to shine some light on the gas can, apparently to see how full the can was, officials said.

The can ignited from the lighter's flame and exploded, setting the vehicle's interior ablaze, officials said.

This story begs the question: Is this a tragedy? Or nature's way of thinning the herd?

We take on the Mets at 1:20 today.

 

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kiwibob said:

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Fortunately I have accidentaly become drunk again...
Good morning Chicago!

gravedigger said:

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As was I last night.

Doc said:

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We would expect no less.

gravedigger said:

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Not only did I not make an ass of myself, I fairly well explained the waiver process. I'm a functioning alcoholic!

JulieDiCaro said:

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you've finally acheived your goal.

i can't wait for us to be on "Intervention!"

gravedigger said:

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I love to get drunk while I watch that show.

JulieDiCaro said:

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when i get to tell you all the ways you've negatively affected my life, I'm really going to let you have it.

gravedigger said:

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And I'm going to cry like a baby, get mad at you, and then hug you and say I'm sorry.

JulieDiCaro said:

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and then i'll flip you off as they whisk you away in the white van.

gravedigger said:

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And I will quit rehab in three weeks and start drinking hand sanitizer.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I love drunken Bob.

What time is it there? Is it cold? Which way does the water in your toilet flush?

kiwibob said:

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It's past midnight... it's 17 dgrees but a bit windy... hang on... actually I got my glasses wet but I thin it was anti-clockwise

JulieDiCaro said:

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17 celsius?

kiwibob said:

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That's the one.... best winter ever!

flyball said:

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is it wrong that I just googled to see how warm that is?

62 degrees? nice evening!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Just multiply by 9/5 and add 32, silly!

JulieDiCaro said:

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whatever. i google it, too.

flyball said:

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I have 10 more days of summer, I refuse to do unnecessary calculations

Doc said:

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Ok...irresponsible Sun-Times headling today...

"Bradley blaming writers after 0-for-5 day, 5-4 Cubs loss"

Um...I don't really like Milton all that much, but headline is just poorly written. It makes it sound like Bradley blamed the writers for his 0-5 day...which is obviously not true.

And what's funny is that he was actually blaming writers (right or wrong) for doing exactly what the Sun-Times did in making that headline.

But that being said...hey Bradley, if people keep twisting the words that come out of your mouth, then don't say anything.

kiwibob said:

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Sometimes stories take a life of their own... The MB narrative of "is this racism" or "is he a shitbag" has done just this. Whatever plays out, both in media and outside, will now become something larger, and way more fucked up, than it ever would without the desire of news outlets to fill content.

I think all of it is stupid.

It now has a life of its own.

Not much of it is based in reality.

But the truly sad thing is... when this narrative has played to the end... it will FEEL real... and we won't be any the wiser.
And I have drunk 4 martinis and a bottle of wine tonight.
I may be wrong.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i think racism, when it rears its ugly head, should be pointed out for all to see.

that said, i'm not sure that's what's happening here.

kiwibob said:

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Exactly...
It's like a garden hose with the tap full on and nobody holding the nozzle end....
...

Ok.. that may not have been my finest analogy

gravedigger said:

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I.... what?

JulieDiCaro said:

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The cereal I'm eating is very odd. It LOOKS like froster mini-wheats, but it has strawberry in it.

Weird.

gravedigger said:

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Are they those nasty dehydrated strawberries?

JulieDiCaro said:

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uh. . . yeah.

the whole thing tastes like fiber-filled stawberry quik.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I don't like the fruit added cereals. If you want fruit-flavored, put real fruit in it or eat fruity cheerios.

JulieDiCaro said:

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don't boss me.

JulieDiCaro said:

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The Cubs have finally beaten us into silence.

gravedigger said:

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Nothing can beat me into silence.

gravedigger said:

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Have you ever noticed that I feel the need to comment on pretty much everything?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yes.

I told you. . .I'm taking notes for your intervention.

gravedigger said:

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In grad school I had this terrible class, it was just a week-long course, but you had to go for 10 hours a day, Mon - Sat. Well, I hated it. I got kind of sick towards the end, and on Saturday, the last day, I took a handful of psuedafed and then during our lunch break, drank three margaritas.

The class got significantly more interesting after that. I wish I'd known that on Monday.

JulieDiCaro said:

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keep giving me ammo for your intervention. ken will NOT approve.

Dmband said:

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Why doesnt someone

A) Ask Bradley exactly how much and what is being said.

B) Ask him why he called out his teammates....as being "politically correct".

gravedigger said:

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Actually, I'd really like the media to do whate veryone keeps telling Bradley to do: stop talking to him and STFU already. There's no story here, so maybe they can go focus on the real causes of this ridiculous collapse.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Programming ALERT: Men who were born women now on Maury!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dude--that dude used to be a runway model (female).

Hmmm.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Have they played "male or female?" yet?

flyball said:

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I am a little worried about you right now

gravedigger said:

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The Milton discussion has fried our brains. Or in the words of Jack White, "I've got a brain that feels like pancake batter"

JulieDiCaro said:

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Duuude. This guy had full surgery and now wants to go back.

That sucks.

baturkey said:

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Yeah. There's a whole multi-year process to make as sure as possible that people aren't going to regret it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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yeah--i represented several transgendered clients in family law matters. it was very rewarding.

Maim said:

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Dear Milton,

Here's what. You go about things the wrong way. I've thought about it, and I'm pretty sure you should hire me to consult you on what to say and do in exchange for an enormous salary.

Think about it.
Love,
Hollie

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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If it helps, I'll write a sparkling letter of recommendation.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I think we all will.

Dear Milton:

You're doing it wrong.

Love, Julie

Dmband said:

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Just heard on the radio the Twins claimed Harden. Not sure how accurate that is.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I read on MLBTR last night that Bruce Levine was reporting exactly that.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Two spots left in our fantasy football league--come on, it's makes the off-season seem shorter!

gravedigger said:

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No thank you.

millertime said:

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"it's makes the off-season seem shorter!" Does its nows? Hows Grands!

Dmband said:

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I think you guys might have something there...
"Letters to Milty"

To make him feel better (or worse) about what Cub fans really think of him...Its unfair he is judging us based on some idiots in the bleachers...I actually dont HATE him...but he needs to acknowledge he is party responsible for our mediocrity this year.

thisyearcub said:

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He has. In fact, he's been probably the most honest player on the Cubs team, save Lou.

baturkey said:

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http://www.lemondrop.com/2009/08/27/wife-publicly-shames-cheater-husband-during-rush-hour

After finding the proof, his wife doled out a rather interesting punishment -- she forced him to stand at one of the busiest intersections in the D.C. metropolitan area wearing a sandwich board telling everyone he's a cheater.

gravedigger said:

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Heh, that's at Tyson's Corner, too, really is one of the busiest areas for vehicular traffic in the DC metro area.

Dmband said:

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HAHAHAHA. Great story on two fronts...first, she made him do it, and second, he recognized he was an idiot and actually did it!!!

thisyearcub said:

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I, for one, am glad this has all come out in the open. It shouldn't be swept under the rug, and I hope the Ricketts family or Crane Kenny or whoever address it somehow. Maybe by not hiring 102-year-old ushers.

Someone at ACB brought up "heckle the hecklers" day. That would be awesome. Boo the booer! Cut that meat!

millertime said:

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Dear MB,

It ain't easy, being white. It ain't easy, being Brown. All this pressure, to be bright. I got kids, all over town.

-Franklin

JulieDiCaro said:

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post of the day.

i (heart) franklin

flyball said:

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cubs.com really does not need to send me Dunkin Donuts information. I have a pretty decent grasp on that particular establishment.

HoboHanson said:

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Gotta love a fuhkin' duhnkies in the mahnin' right? Boston loves that place.

I feel very disconnected from the Cubs right now. I didn't follow them at all in August and it seems like that was a good idea. What a mess. Losing two of three to the Gnats? For shame.

flyball said:

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how was the trip?

HoboHanson said:

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It was pretty much awesome. 32 days, 9500 miles, 24 states, 9 National Parks, 8 major cities, lots of old friends and camping and rest stops and sights and sounds crazy people, and a few nights of sleeping in the car. And I crossed off 4 more states that I've been to. 48 down, 2 to go. Maine and New Hampshire are calling my name. AND, after not playing my guitar for 5 weeks I rolled right into the Kennedy Center last night and rocked. Well, kinda rocked. I was pretty rusty.

flyball said:

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sounds fantastic!

JulieDiCaro said:

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and now *I* feel disconnected from YOU!

Stupid Cubs!

(runs off sobbing)

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