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Now we'll jump back to the team that forced us to find another team for the postseason: our very own Chicago Cubs. After Saturday's gem by Wells, they didn't leave us with that happy feeling on Sunday, losing 5-2. Ryan Dempster, will you take us to the break?


"I think a lot of us wish we had a little bit better year than we did," he said.

Ryan, I think a lot of us were sure you'd have a lot better year than you did.
The first casualty of the 2009 season was Von Joshua, who was relieved of his duties as hitting coach:

"I told him it wasn't anything that I was upset with him," general manager Jim Hendry said. "He didn't do anything wrong. But when you come up from the system in the middle of the year, if things don't make significant differences in improvement, then in my opinion we need to do something."
But was there significant improvement?

The Cubs improved offensively in the second half, going from 14th in average and 15th in runs to sixth in average and sixth in runs. But nothing could save Joshua from the getting the ax.

Jim Hendry's offseason may have gotten a bit more difficult, as the San Diego Padres may no longer be trading partners for Milty:

With Kevin Towers having been fired as GM of the San Diego Padres, that may have eliminated one possible landing place for Bradley, as Towers recently expressed possible interest.

And Hendry showed a lack of knowledge of clich├ęs, only to save himself a couple sentences later:

"You deal with the cards you're dealt," Hendry said. "Right now, he's still a member of the Cubs. It will be a long process to get a roster that we think is better obviously than what we did in the standings this year.

"But until people come or go, you have to play the cards you have right now."


And finally, Lou's all in for next year:


''It's an important year for the organization,'' Piniella said of the coming season, when the Ricketts family takes control after 25 years of Tribune Co. ownership. ''I'll do the best job I can humanly do.''

(snip)

''We got it to a point in my first two years here where we almost approached 100 wins [in 2008],'' Piniella said. ''We need to get it back to that next year, and that's basically what I'm going to try to do.''


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Suburban Kid said:

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Ryan, I think a lot of us were sure you'd have a lot better year than you did.

Really? He did about exactly what I thought he would do. Other than the dumb injury, I can't complain.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can complain about him not being able to keep his ass on-base and being shitty at playing shortstop. Just because you dive 6 inches to your left doesn't mean you have range.

gravedigger said:

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He's talking about Dempster, you're talking about Theriot.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh.

Nevermind.

My tendency to fly into a rage at the thought of Ryan Theriot comes back to bite me again.

Doc said:

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We have way too many Ryans on this team.

flyball said:

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didn't you know Ryan is the new Todd

gravedigger said:

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Every time I meet someone named Todd I want to nutpunch him.

Perkins said:

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"And I'm getting really sick of guys named Todd, you know? It's just a goofy fucking name...you want to hear a real name? Eddie. Whatever happened to Eddie? He was here a minute ago. Joey, and Jackie, and Johnny and Phil. Bobby, and Tommy, and Danny and Bill. What happened, Todd?"

gravedigger said:

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I miss George.

Suburban Kid said:

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OK, but I thought he was talking about Dempster.

(To clarify, I was quoting the main post above).

flyball said:

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you quoted correctly, and I have to agree, Dempster had a decent year, he gets minimal blame

Suburban Kid said:

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Yeah, but without quote marks (I tried to use blockquote tags which didn't work), it looked like I was commenting back at myself or something.

Dempster had a good year, better than I feared after what could have been an extreme outlier last year. He bugs me, I'm sick of his clowning, but R-The bugs me a hell of a lot more.

gravedigger said:

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Don't worry about appearing a bit psychotic around these parts.

Suburban Kid said:

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You've got to get me to the world on time.

(I had too much to dream last night.)

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yo and gravedigger seem like you're just destined to be friends.

gravedigger said:

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he said dream, not drink

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I agree that Dempster is pretty low on the list of most disappointing Cubs this year. But his quote said "we" and I was referring to the team as a whole.

Maim said:

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I love that it says "Item condition: used."

JulieDiCaro said:

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Well, I didn't want to misrepresent us. You can get in trouble for that on Ebay, you know.

JulieDiCaro said:

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"You didn't do anything wrong, but you're still fired" has to be right up there with "it's not you, it's me."

flyball said:

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so they fired the hitting coach, who by all accounts was well liked by all the players, bring up another hitting coach, who they have had in the system, and he gets fired too

um, maybe its the players not the coach

Suburban Kid said:

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"maybe its the players not the coach"

nice

Doc said:

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Maybe it's Milton Bradley, not the coach...

Number of HRs hit by Sam Fuld while Milton was on the team...0.

Number HRs hit by Sam Fuld while Milton was not on the team...1.

I think that speaks volumes.

Perkins said:

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I have a rock that keeps away Tigers.

Perkins said:

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I have a rock that keeps away tigers.

Perkins said:

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Indeed, but it's a lot easier to fire hitting coaches than players.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i wish we could fire all our middle infielders.

flyball said:

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well this day kinda sucks

JulieDiCaro said:

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Not for long! Soon we'll have our playoff team, and then we'll have LOTS to talk about!

Doc said:

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Wow...

The Cubs offense actually got 2 hitting coaches fired this year.

Good job guys!

thisyearcub said:

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http://wrigleyville23.com/2009/10/ryan-theriot-feeling-loose---or-too-loose.html

The always-excellent WV23 with a solid post.

Also, Theriot is now officially my least favorite person on the team. Aaron Heilman, congrats, you're off the hook!

gravedigger said:

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Kevin Gregg is still officially on the team.

gravedigger said:

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and Aaron Miles!

thisyearcub said:

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Nope. At least Gregg and Miles, for the most part, keep their mouths shut and don't go searching for a microphone like it's the holy grail. And they don't sneakily try and throw players under the bus.

gravedigger said:

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Well, heh. I don't disagree with you, and I'm the last person around who is going to defend Theriot. I hate him.

But man... I really do think I hate Miles more because he sucks so bad at baseball. And life, probably.

flyball said:

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I don't know, if you escape an armed hostage situation you probably don't suck at life

and Julie would be the last person to defend Theriot

gravedigger said:

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Well, that's why I said probably.

And I'm not feeling lie fighting with Julie or anyone today. If she wants to be Theriot's #1 hater, I'm happy to be #2.

flyball said:

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oh don't be sad, the Cubs will be back next year to make us sad/angry/frustrated

JulieDiCaro said:

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theriot also contributes a lot more than aaron miles and kevin gregg. i can't stand him, but comparin him to those two is ridiculous.

Doc said:

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So who are the Cubs playing in the first round of the playoffs? The Rockies? I hope it's the Rockies.

gravedigger said:

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So, Miguel Cabrera's scratch marks came as a result of a fight with his wife: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4532687

Doc said:

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That's quite nice...getting hammered just as your team is trying to not blow a division lead they've had the whole season. That's good. That's a real f-you to the people of Detroit.

gravedigger said:

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It is also how I handle pressure.

Well, it is how I handle life generally.

Doc said:

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I try to stay away from the alcohol. I take to kicking small animals when I'm stressed out.

JulieDiCaro said:

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shocker.

gravedigger said:

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I have done nothing but literally stare at the clock for the last 20 minutes. Posting this comment is the first time I've moved since The Watch started. Jesus Mondays suck.

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