Tag: Chicago Cubs

Anarchists' Brunch: The Impending Summit

Anarchists' Brunch: The Impending Summit
We've seen multiple examples of it this weekend, and sadly they all come from the same man. We've had more episodes of the Joe West Show in Philadelphia than anyone cares to watch. I wonder how long MLB is going to tolerate this kind of stuff. It seems like forever...

Mets vs. Cubs Series Preview (8/27-8/29)

Mets vs. Cubs Series Preview (8/27-8/29)
Fresh from a four-game sweep of the nuisance that is the Cincinnati Reds, and on a five-game winning streak--admittedly over the remedial class Tigers and Reds--the Cubs will look to continue the streak against the New York Mets in their only visit to Wrigley. And whenever you're talking about the remedial class, the Mets almost always have tenure there...

Anarchists' Brunch: It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Anarchists' Brunch: It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means
Back in town today, brunchers, after a fun and wrestling-filled jaunt around the East Coast. But as is the way, I came back to find some turbulence in greater Cubdom. I have to say, as the news spread on Tuesday and I was in New York, I tried to just ignore it and told myself I would just worry about it when I got home late that night. But I couldn't help but be deflated when seeing the Cubs had acquired Daniel Murphy. Not just in the acquisition of that person, and the cold calculation behind it, but because I knew what the cycle would be, both internally for myself and the coverage and reaction around it...
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Anarchists' Brunch: The Manager We Have

Anarchists' Brunch: The Manager We Have
This one's going to be more of a confessional than most. As I've said probably hundreds of times here, gauging the feelings and thoughts of Cubs fans, or any fandom, via social media is inexact to be polite, and wholly idiotic at the other end of the description. Every unhinged dingus gets a voice, and they're the ones who tend to air it out most. So to judge how Cubs fans feel about Joe Maddon via Twitter really isn't the way to study it. It's also unavoidable...

Nationals @ Cubs: Series Preview (8/10-8-12)

Nationals @ Cubs: Series Preview (8/10-8-12)
The Cubs return home after what at first appears to be a disappointing series win in Kansas City. You really wanted a sweep, and losing the last one in such silly and belching-like fashion is something of a kick to the solar plexus. But it only looks bad when combined with the split with the Padres before, as 4-3 against two of the worst teams in MLB would definitely not get a "satisfactory" on the report card...

Anarchists' Brunch: The One And Only

Anarchists' Brunch: The One And Only
One thing I've noticed about this week, as everyone has paid tribute to John Arguello, is not just the respect and admiration for the man that everyone here has, but the joy. It's only been a year, and in some ways it feels like yesterday and in others a decade or more since John stepped on a rainbow. And usually in that time the pain and wounds are still pretty fresh, and they are for everyone here. But they're so much smaller than they could be because of the joy, the way this place that John created enhanced our fandom, made the Cubs more enjoyable, rounded out our fandom. There are certainly worse ways to be remembered, to have made something everyone loved to begin with even better. To connect us even more strongly to that which was already a big part of our lives...
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Cubs vs. Diamondbacks Series Preview (7/23-7/26)

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks Series Preview (7/23-7/26)
The Cubs get a respite from their 10-day blood feud with the Cardinals--seriously, they'll have played eight games over 11 days with them when this week is over and that's quite simply too much--to entertain the Arizona Diamondbacks for four games. It always feels like things are tougher with this outfit than they should be, and given that they still have a pretty dynamite offense that won't be good news for a Cubs' rotation that is still wandering in the desert a bit, complaining about the bats in the sky. At least, that's usually how it's gone, but that's not the case this year.  ...

Anarchists' Brunch: Let's Go Back To The Original

Anarchists' Brunch: Let's Go Back To The Original
Four years ago this past Friday, my brother Adam stepped on a rainbow. I don't know how many of you remain from those days, my guess is it's far more than I would ever imagine. So then most of you were familiar with Felzzy's unique brand of writing and voice. I thought it was time to reprint one of his posts to celebrate his time here, and maybe even his life in general. ...

State Of The Union

State Of The Union
We have seen it for three seasons now, the pattern that any Cubs season will take amongst its fans. There's always a faction, waiting impatiently to strike at the first sign of trouble to declare everything a facade, a phony, and to decry everyone in the organization an overrated and overhyped peon that will assuredly tear the whole city down with it. To counter that, there's a another group that waits impatiently to declare that they always believed, to stick it to the first faction, so that they can claim a superiority when the Cubs win that they were there the whole time and "never left the bandwagon." Everyone wants to be right, and perhaps more to the point everyone wants to be seen to be right. So figuring out where the Cubs actually are can be a bit tricky if your vision gets clouded by the migraine you assuredly get from listening to all the noise. So let's try and get there while turning the volume down...
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Anarchists' Brunch: Is The Transformation Complete?

Anarchists' Brunch: Is The Transformation Complete?
We've all had a good laugh at our once-tormentors down I-55 this week. Or it would be a good laugh if it wasn't at the expense of a beloved '16-er Dexter Fowler and the undertones of it weren't so...sordid. And yet I can't help but take glee in yet another piece of evidence that for the first time in many generations, and maybe ever, the Cubs and Cardinals seemed to have switched places in the baseball universe. And due to some long held tenets of both organization and fanbase, it could very well stay that way for a long time...