After a long hiatus, Cubs News and Notes is back. Did you miss me? Actually, don’t answer that, I would be disappointed either way. The Cubs are fresh off their most impressive stretch of the season, a 6-0 trip to Atlanta and Baltimore. Could this be the long awaited turning point Chicago fans have been... Read more »
While being in greater Cub-dom these days is pretty much akin to baseball paradise, I still looking around the rest of the league. And it's been hard to ignore the noise coming from the Southside of our town, as the Sox great start has been rubbed out by a month or more of incompetence. And a flurry of moves by that organization has been met with a lot of cries from Sox fans that the White Sox need to "do a Cubs."
You hear that a lot from different organizations and fanbases, of course. Every team that is now going through a rebuild points to the Cubs as the model. But I'm not so sure it's that simple. While certainly we are blessed with a forward-thinking and determined front office, the process of just stripping all your assets for prospects and compensatory picks doesn't automatically lead to a World Series contender a few years down the line.
Look at the Twins. Look at the Astros now. It took the Pirates 20 years. And even with all the Cubs have going for them, there had to be some slices of luck as well...
Every year, we have the Starlin Castro debate. It's surely become tiresome for every Cubs fan, just because we've all heard it so much. For the first time though, it feels like there's a clear delineation between logic and heart.
I am a Castro fan. Mostly because I don't buy into the garbage that flows around him. Starlin has never played a meaningful baseball game in five years. He had to sift through the 2010 and 2011 teams, before Anthony Rizzo even arrived, when there wasn't even a glimpse of what was coming. And I do think Starlin cares a lot. I do think he wants to be here and see it all make those years worth it. It doesn't feel like that sometimes, when he apparently doesn't learn old lessons in the field or at the plate. And if you're like me, your heart wants Starlin to shove it up all those who have seemingly made a living out of hammering him (rhymes with "Menly" and "Haplan")...
There are no big series in May. We all know this. Nothing will be decided in the season's fifth week. And yet you feel this upcoming four game set with the Cardinals... well, it has just a touch more spice than it might normally, and certainly more than any have had in the past five or six years.
Full disclosure, my irrational and borderline psychotic hatred of all things St. Louis probably colors this is a bit. So know that at the top. But this is the first time the Cubs have bought an actual, real life baseball team to West East St. Louis since at least 2009. And while we love to talk about "THE RIVALRY," it isn't much of one when one team is competing for World Series berths and the other is having trouble not peeing down its leg. Certainly from our side, getting laughed at isn't all that pleasurable...
Winter is usually my second favorite season. Right behind the Fall. I usually like snow. Love the cityscapes covered in white (however briefly before they turn soot black), and usually am invigorated by a nice chill in the air. This Winter, however, has been a total disaster. It doesn’t just snow every other day,it... Read more »
An important note here before we start: Yes, we know money is king and that will be the primary factor in Masahiro Tanaka’s decision. But history has shown that many times it isn’t the only factor. Recently we talked about a creative way to structure a deal to make it more difficult for some teams... Read more »
According to Patrick Mooney, the Cubs are thinking about getting some offensive help for next year. That could be big on two levels. Firstly, it is time for this rebuild to kick into another gear. The last two years patience has been asked for, and I believe received, from the fan base. If 2014 was... Read more »
I speculated when the Cubs moved Junior Lake to center field that another move could be in the works. I figured the Cubs had intentions on trading David DeJesus if he cleared waivers. It turns out it didn’t come to that. The Washington Nationals for whatever reason claimed DeJesus and the Cubs decided not to... Read more »
Shark Week, it was not. It wasn’t Shark Month either for that matter. Just as I was starting to ask around if the pressure was getting to Jeff Samardzija, both Patrick Mooney and Gordon Wittenmeyer also posed the question if contract and trade talk were distracting the Cubs current ace. Right about the time his... Read more »
Jed Hoyer made a post trade deadline appearance on the “Waddle and Silvy Show” yesterday. Both Hoyer and Theo Epstein have always been upfront and candid with the media during their tenure. I did particularly enjoy this interview however. I thought the give and take was good between Hoyer and both hosts, Marc Silverman and... Read more »