Archive for January 2012

The free agent the Cubs ARE frontrunners for: Yoen(n)is Cespedes

The free agent the Cubs ARE frontrunners for: Yoen(n)is Cespedes
All Cub fans, both long-suffering and noobs alike, have gotten accustomed to our winter free-agent binges.  There’s a new sheriff in town, and he has brung his posse.  They are cleaning up Dodge, bringing in a new culture, and have chosen to just sit back on the front porch while C. J. Wilson, Pujols, Fielder, Buehrle, Papelbon, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran,... Read more »

Who will start in the Cubs bullpen?

The Cubs removed Manny Corpas from their 40-man roster today, suggesting the team isn’t necessarily expecting him to make the major league club on Opening Day. So then who will be in the ‘pen? Let’s go by process of elimination. The pretty-much-sure-thing starting pitchers on the 40-man are: Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. Hah! That’s... Read more »

Off-season opus

For the first time in about ever, the Cubs have defied convention.  They’ve not gone out and pursued “big name” players.  (Fair enough, I still remember when they never pursued big name players, but they’d still grab overhyped journeymen players and promise them as an intent to compete.)  Instead, the Cubs have spent a boring... Read more »
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I am very much a "told you so" kind of guy, that's why this is here

I am very much a "told you so" kind of guy, that's why this is here
For a couple of years now, there’s been an unfilled opening for the “King of Pop”….until NOW!! I’m sorry…I promised to just let it go.  I wasted nearly two decades of my life as a Cub fan railing on and on to any and all that Everyone’s Favorite Cub was a fake and a phony and... Read more »

I know it was a LOT of money, but why doesn't Prince make sense for the Cubs?

I know it was a LOT of money, but why doesn't Prince make sense for the Cubs?
You know, we all sat tight, kept our mouths shut, secretly rubbed our blue-dyed rabbit feet or whatever lucky talisman we personally own, and read all about the Rangers and the Brewers and the Orioles and the Mariners getting heated up about signing Prince Fielder – and some of us hoped that Theo and his... Read more »

A Soriano for Burnett swap makes sense to me.

Honestly, believe me when I say, nothing is more frustrating about the Cubs blogosphere than the suckers who pitch ludicrous ideas for nonsense trades. If I had a nickel for every time I read someone write, “GIVE THEM SORIANO AND ZAMBRANO FOR HEADLEY,” or some derivative of that thought, I swear to you I’d be... Read more »
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Waiting For Garza: First domino still hasn't fallen

It’s Jan. 23, and right now the Cubs’ projected 25-man roster is decidedly worse than it was a year ago. Kosuke Fukudome has been replaced by David DeJesus. DeJesus will likely hit for a higher average, but in terms of his total contribution I don’t see DD being a whole lot better than the Fuk,... Read more »

Dear Lord, THIS was not the kind of excitement I wanted from the 2012 Cubs

Dear Lord, THIS was not the kind of excitement I wanted from the 2012 Cubs
I am simply going to make three statements that are NOT intended to be mutually exclusive: I am confident in stressing that we at Goatriders are against any and all forms of sexual assault.  All rapers should fry. I hope the authorities come to a just conclusion in their investigation into the matter concerning Starlin... Read more »

And then came the realization that the Cubs are going to be pretty boring in 2012

And then came the realization that the Cubs are going to be pretty boring in 2012
Sweet blessed Jaisus, things are gonna be muy caliente in Miami. Ozzie, Big Z, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes.  Logan Morrison is no Mensa member, either.  Man, if this team doesn’t jump out and lead end-to-end this year?  The machisimo, the backbiting and finger-pointing.  The families and all that Latino Heat!  The dramatic awkwardness of all that... Read more »
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Happy New Year! Here are your 2012 Cubs as of right now.

There’ve been a few moves, but for the most part it’s still not quite clear what next year’s Cubs will look like. The picture almost certainly won’t be any clearer until we figure out the fate of a certain Cub starting pitcher, and that is Matt Garza. Every Cub outlet in the universe has already... Read more »