Archive for April 2014

But I Don't Want to Envy The White Sox

But I Don't Want to Envy The White Sox
I have said it before: losing sucks. It is doubly hard when your team isn’t at least entertaining. Right now, that describes the Chicago Cubs on most nights. I wrote recently that the early 80’s Cubs teams I loved were bad, yet still had some entertainment value due to their ability to put up some... Read more »

For Cubs Fans, the Winning Makes it Worth It

For Cubs Fans, the Winning Makes it Worth It
I’m in the midst of a crazy week, so forgive me if I’m more disjointed than usual. I just got back from a trip to see family and I’m about to hop a flight to Las Vegas in order to blow through the last of Cubs Insider’s petty cash. After getting back on Friday, I’m... Read more »

Cubs Once Had Their Own Donald Sterling

Cubs Once Had Their Own Donald Sterling
Much has been made of the transcendent douchebaggery of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, née Tokowitz, a man whose bigoted views were apparently captured on a recording that is now making the rounds. I’ve heard talk of Sterling’s less-than-progressive beliefs in the past, so none of this really came as a surprise to me. But... Read more »
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Tommy's Notebook: Kane County vs. Wisconsin April 26 & 27

Tommy's Notebook: Kane County vs. Wisconsin April 26 & 27
This past weekend I had the great opportunity to ignore some term projects and head to a couple of minor league games. Kane County threw Duane Underwood on Saturday and Jen-Ho Tseng on Sunday (which is practically must-see baseball in the Midwest League) and I got to see both from right behind home plate. I’ll... Read more »

For Cubs Pursuit of Players, Sometimes It's Better to Swing and Miss

For Cubs Pursuit of Players, Sometimes It's Better to Swing and Miss
The Cubs have made some mistakes in recent years but they also have luckily missed on players they have been connected to. Every once in a while, you see a player swing at a perfectly good offering, only to flail and look helpless at the plate; To quote Weezer: “Here’s the pitch, slow and straight.... Read more »

No Talks For Cubs, Samardzija: Pitcher Headed For Trade Market

No Talks For Cubs, Samardzija: Pitcher Headed For Trade Market
It seems a bit early to start handicapping the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes. Yesterday I pondered if Samardzija could be influencing the Cubs brass with his recent performance. Could Samardzija’s stellar start to the season bring everyone back to the table? No chance, I’m told. Actually, I was told by one source there was something like... Read more »
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Cubs Samardzija Becoming an Ace? Answering a Subjective Question Objectively

Cubs Samardzija Becoming an Ace? Answering a Subjective Question Objectively
If you asked me what Jeff Samardzija would need to do to solidify his status as an ace, without looking at the stats, I would say he needs to get more outs more quickly. I think that’s the simplest way to say it: pitch more innings per start, and keep that ERA down below 3.... Read more »

Is Jeff Samardzija Pitching His Way On Or Off Cubs?

Is Jeff Samardzija Pitching His Way On Or Off Cubs?
Cubs President Theo Epstein appeared on the MLB network this past week as he was promoting Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration. There was the expected back and forth between Epstein and the extended panel until the subject turned to the Cubs’ rebuilding process. Epstein rattled off some young core players the Cubs have to build... Read more »

Grin and Beer It: Your Weekend Craft Primer - Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Grin and Beer It: Your Weekend Craft Primer - Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Stone Brewing is not a meek, humble beermaker. Their labels prominently feature leering gargoyles, often holding flagons or casks of beer, and their marketing slogans draw a clear line in the sand when it comes to malt beverages. “It’s not too expensive, you’re just too cheap” “Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies” (I bought a... Read more »
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Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake
As if the Cubs ownership needed another bruising. During what should have been a happy, celebrated week, there was news of the city cracking down on their free parking lot and a show-of-shows bullpen meltdown while 100 birthday candles still emitted wisps of smoke and the aroma of melted wax. Tomorrow is another day, right?... Read more »