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Cubs Thursday Headlines: Cubs Not Even Tops At Implosion

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This man is more entertaining than all of the Cubs put together.

The Cubs may be 18 games under .500, but when it comes to a team completely falling apart and leaving the fan base with their mouths hanging open, they've got nothing on the Mets.

"NEW YORK (AP)--New York Mets closing pitcher Francisco Rodriguez of Venezuela was charged with third-degree assault late Wednesday night after scuffling with his father-in-law at Citi Field, police said.

Rodriguez was arrested and being held at the ballpark early Thursday, police said. His father-in-law was in a hospital with a scrape on his face and a bump on his head.

"There was an incident at the ballpark between Francisco Rodriguez and his family. He was questioned by police and all other questions pertaining to this matter can be addressed to police," Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.

Several security guards, along with some women and children, were seen around the Mets' family lounge near the clubhouse after New York's 6-2 loss to Colorado. Rodriguez's father-in-law had swelling above his right eyebrow.

Rodriguez has had previous confrontations with a team official, a coach and an opponent in his 1 1/2 seasons with the Mets, though none of them reached this level."

Before you poo-poo this as just a minor incident between relatives, let me point out that K-Rod's father-in-law was taken to the ER ON A STRETCHER. . .  FROM THE FAMILY ROOM.

This all went down after K-Rod went unused last night, prompting one of the great disgruntled fan tweets of all time:

" @howardmegdal Infuriating. Jerry could have used K-Rod tonight, if he's getting an off day tomorrow."

But the Citifield family room isn't the only location of high-drama within the Mets organization.

MIAMI (AP)--A Florida woman who accused New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana(notes) of rape is suing him after authorities declined to prosecute the case.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Lee County accuses Santana of wrongful imprisonment and rape in southwest Florida in Oct. 2009. The 35-year-old single mother of two children is only identified as Jane Doe. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $15,000.

Sigh. And we were all up in arms about Big Z yelling at his teammate. Us = lame.

For those of you who missed it last night, the "Cajun Connection" is no more:

 One minute Fontenot was sitting at his locker in the Cubs' clubhouse thinking about what to eat. The next, he was sitting at his locker in the Giants' clubhouse, only a few feet away from ex-Cub Mark DeRosa.

"It's strange, being in the same town where you get traded," Fontenot said. "I was about to decide whether I wanted to work out or get a bite to eat, and they called me in the office to get traded. I'm excited for the opportunity.

"I had a great time in Chicago and really enjoyed my time there. I was surprised. I wasn't really expecting it, especially right now."

In return, the Cubs received 22-year-old center fielder Evan Crawford, a speedster from Indiana University who hit 255 with 24 stolen bases at Class A Augusta.

If he's from Indiana University, he's bound to be terrific.

As I said last night, I don't think I would have had a problem with Fontenot if it hadn't been for all the stupid people, inside the Cubs and out, who were constantly trying to make him into an all-star and everyday player. He's clearly always been a role player, and I was happy with him in that position. So so long, Mike. May you always have scrappy white men and teenage girls as crazy fans.

In other news, John Grabow is done for the season.

Grabow watch: Reliever John Grabow is out for the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a Grade 3 tear of the MCL in his left knee.

Grabow has been on the disabled list with the knee problem since June 29, his second DL stint of the season. He was rehabbing the knee at the Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday when he felt a pop during a bullpen session. The knee will be immobilized for four to five weeks, and surgery is likely.

I hate to see anyone's season end on an injury, but.

Let's see. . .  what else? Oh! Wellington Castillo made his mlb debut last night and doubled in his first at-bat, the Cubs close out the series with the Giants today at 2:45 pm CT, and oh yeah, we lost again.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tyler Colvin hit his 18th home run Wednesday night at AT&T Park, moving to within seven of Billy Williams' record for Cubs' rookies.

Colvin's homer off Giants left-hander Barry Zito tied the game in the seventh inning, but the Cubs fell 5-4 to the Giants for their 12th loss in 14 games.

Tom Gorzelanny put the Cubs in a 3-0 first-inning hole before settling down and pitching six innings. The Giants took the lead in the eighth on Pat Burrell's leadoff home run off Justin Berg.

Marlon Byrd also homered for the Cubs, and Starlin Castro had his 16th multihit game in his last 27 games.

YAWN.

There's still time for someone on our team to get arrested for something entertaining. Just sayin'.

 

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Doc said:

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The truth is, the Cubs players probably commit as many felonies as any other team...the problem is that law enforcement is too busy arresting people at Wrigley Field to care.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'd settle for a player freaking out and trying to climb the ivy.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I would like to see Fonzi have a fight with his glove after missing another fly ball. That would be great and hilarious.

Doc said:

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I'd like to see some jerk run out and try to tackle Andrew Cashner on the mound, and Cashner goes all Kyle Farnsworth on the guy.

In fact, I think I'd pay money to see that.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Speaking of good ole Farny, on SportsCenter they had Top 10 Brawls and he was on there along with Barrett and AJ. It was fun to watch, especially seeing Nolan Ryan beat Ventura like a step-child. Pure comedy!!

sloan peterson said:

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Cashner vs Brandon Philips.....

baturkey said:

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I don't see any of our current outfielders doing that. Milton Bradley, on the other hand, definitely.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I can see Byrd laying someone out on the field. He's built like a Linebacker anyway.

Doc said:

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The problem with Byrd is that he would do that and he'd be smiling the whole time. It just doesn't have the same effect.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That's cool part. He likes soo much, it brings him joy...Like he's crazy or something.

Doc said:

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I was looking up Andrew Cashner's height at Cubs.com...

and I saw the size of all the pitchers on the Cubs...I think it is very possible that the Cubs have the most massive pitching staff in baseball. They have some seriously big guys on the roster right now.

flyball said:

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I do not remember Andrew Cashner seeming that tall in person

flyball said:

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thank goodness thats not our team, what a mess

and why is he wearing a hard hat in that picture, the field is finished, take the construction photo op while there is still construction

sloan peterson said:

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Auditioning for his new day job?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Just read that Chipper is done for the season in ATL. What do you guys think about the possibility of Aramis clearing waivers and going to Atlanta?

gravedigger said:

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I think that if you suggest something like that again I'll cut you.

Doc said:

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Um...first off...yes, Aramis probably cleared waivers.

Second, I'm fairly sure the Braves have enough options on their team to effectively replace Chipper.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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My bad, Gravedigger!! Just read the possibility on MLBtraderumors.com. So, plese put the shank away.

gravedigger said:

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He's just my favorite player, and one of the few who seems genuinely intelligent. He's still young and should be a key part of the franchise going forward.

But trading him would be par-for-the-course for this dysfunctional organization.

flyball said:

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he's definitely one of the few guys on the team I'm hoping they keep

which of course means that they will trade him, although probably for the same reason they would trade all the guys I'd like to see stay, because they can actually play baseball

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I hope we keep him, too. I just saw the post and it was quite interesting. We do have a history of trading away good players.

gravedigger said:

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I wish greasemonkey worked for Chrome. I'd write a script to hide that fucking "More from around the web" shit.

baturkey said:

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Install the Personalized Web extension, and add CSS div#twoleep-container.pkg { display: none !important; } for Match URLs ^http://www.chicagonow.com/*

gravedigger said:

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Oh my god you are so awesome

thisyearcub said:

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Wow, these last two months are going to be filled with a lot of losing. I guess it's good to see the kids get their shot.

Oh, and Happy Birthday ChicagoNow. I got you a

flyball said:

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hehe

and I hope the kids take this chance and do well

secdelahc said:

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So, my last intern presentation is today. I only have one more project to finish up and my last day is tomorrow. How time flies!

sloan peterson said:

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Happy or sad??

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