Archive for October 2011

Aramis Ramirez - unanimous electee, Delusions of Grandeur Hall of Fame

Aramis Ramirez - unanimous electee, Delusions of Grandeur Hall of Fame
One thing I didn’t realize is that the 16 million dollar option for Aramis Ramirez was “mutual”, meaning both parties had to invoke it in order to make it valid.  Surely, the Cubs would not open themselves up to having to owe him 16 million for next year. The Cubs invoked their side of the... Read more »

What Theo and his boys will do for the Cubs in 2012

What Theo and his boys will do for the Cubs in 2012
Good morning, Cub fans.  If you’re like me, waking up to the stark reality that the Evil Satanic Fowl are the Champions of Baseball yet again, most likely you are riled up.  If you work or live alongside Cletus Nation, as I do, you know you are enduring months of puffy-chestedness, cheesy red pennants and... Read more »

Cubs - one man's opinion of the most useful tool Theo should look for in his players

Cubs - one man's opinion of the most useful tool Theo should look for in his players
According to Baseball Prospectus, and it should come as no surprise given that over half the teams have built new retro-parks which borrow shamelessly from Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ home park index is very near 100 both offensively and defensively.  For the uninitiated, 100 is league average.  But as we all know, the Friendly Confines... Read more »
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Jed Hoyer - officially a Cub. Yay?

Jed Hoyer - officially a Cub.  Yay?
As expected, San Diego’s second year GM has bolted to Chicago, bringing with him Jason McLeod, his and Theo’s farm system expert.  I remain unconvinced that Hoyer is the right guy for GM, partly on account of how I’m pretty sure that Theo Epstein is the right guy for GM. Not that Hoyer is an... Read more »

Who did Hendry sign that Theo wouldn't touch with a 10' pole?

Some candidates: Jeromy Burnitz Scott Eyre John Grabow Henry Blanco Koyie Hill Daryle Ward Jason Marquis Jon Lieber (part two) Jacque Jones Neifi Perez Cesar Izturis – no wait, Hendry traded for him, giving up Greg Maddux Anyone else you can think of that should be on this list?

Liveblogging Theo Epstein's Introductory Press Conference

Liveblogging Theo Epstein’s Introductory Press Conference
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An Open Letter to Theo

Tomorrow, a happy, confident, and possibly slightly manic Theo Epstein will be sitting down and fielding questions from the Chicago media.  This is naturally something that many of the journalists are dreading, as up to this point most have been satisfied to simply relay messages from/about Theo passed onto them by their Boston contemporaries.  Now... Read more »

Eleven o'Clock tomorrow is Theo Time, and GROTA will be live-blogging

Thanks to the kindness of our patron, we will be live-blogging with the one and only new President of the Chicago Cubs during his presser tomorrow at 11:00. Even better news for y’all – it won’t be me.  Nope, I am back at my big boy job, so other younger, wittier, hipper goatriders such as... Read more »

Epstein arrives; comes with baggage

The Cubs announced late Friday night that, despite Boston’s resistance in picking from the crap pile known otherwise as the Cubs minor league system, the Theo signing has been completed.  He’ll be taking over operations of the Cubs before the Cardinals have a chance to jab an icy dagger into our hearts with another World... Read more »
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Waiting impatiently for the eagle to land

It seems as if the Cubs are taking the tortoise route at sealing the deal with Theo Epstein – they hurry, hurry, hurried to announce something and now they’ve subjected us to anxiously waiting for the deal to be official. Here’s the bad part of everything that’s going on – some articles I’ve read have suggested that... Read more »