Archive for February 2012

Thoughts about thoughts about Ryan Braun.

When controversy happens, I often find myself annoyed not by the reactionaries, but by those who criticize the people who decide to have opinions. When Ryan Braun won his appeal, there were plenty of people on either side of the aisle with strong opinions. “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY MY GAAWWWWD,” some shouted.... Read more »

Late February Cubs Smorgasboard of Thoughts

It very well could be that nobody is ever gonna read this.  At this point in this blog’s history, I might be shouting at the wind.  Seems the only way to get any attention anymore is to call out a phony in the most vile way possible, and even then all we get is trollage.  Oh,... Read more »

It appears Carlos Marmol has been allowed to destroy himself

It appears Carlos Marmol has been allowed to destroy himself
PROLOGUE: next time you want to say something snide to us about grown men caring too much about a meaningless sporting event, I want you to recall this, then STFU. It is a little-known codicil that, in the case of Carrie Muskat actually writing something worthwhile on cubs.com, we must follow it up with our own... Read more »
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The shortest post in Goatriders history

The shortest post in Goatriders history
MUAHAHAHAHA!!

Cespedes and Soler - Cubs must end up with one of them

Two promising Cuban outfielders have defected and will be available this spring to the highest bidder.  One is 26 years old and the single season record holder for homeruns in the Cuban League.  The other is 19 and is not the record holder for home runs in the Cuban League, but does have several advantages... Read more »

Disclaimer: all of these Cubs trade ideas are terrible.

This afternoon I had some exchanges on Twitter with @CubsDen (read him!) and @Carl9730 (follow him!) about the Cubs’ current roster. Carl asked if we thought the Cubs would add more pitching; John and I agreed that the 40-man is already pretty well set, so any change to the ML roster — pitching OR hitting — would... Read more »
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Why did we ever think Blake DeWitt could be good?

When the Cubs acquired Blake DeWitt, I think the feelings associated with his arrival were more positive because of the fact that he was, in a way, replacing Ryan Theriot, a right-handed, no-hit second baseman with bad baserunning instincts. DeWitt had a couple other decent things going for him, too. His glove at third is... Read more »

I call bullshit on Josh Hamilton

I can’t stand it: this has to be said. Three years ago, a bunch of pictures on Deadspin surfaced about America’s Newest Baseball Sweetheart, redemption boy Josh Hamilton, drunk off his ass in some chintzy bar, licking whipped cream off of floozies’breasts. We all knew about his prodigious habits, crack, coke, booze, sluts, God knows... Read more »

Cubs avoid arb with Garza - that's good, right?

Cubs avoid arb with Garza - that's good, right?
Jim Hendry didn’t believe in arbitration cases.  This is one of the reasons why I don’t routinely savage the guy for his many failings as a general manager.  It appears he didn’t have the “guts” to stand in a room with one of his players and systematically discredit him, in order to save money.  The... Read more »
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Starlin Castro - The Education of a Shortstop?

Starlin Castro - The Education of a Shortstop?
Cover image, of course, from si.com Welcome to the time of year between the off-season player acquisition push and the customary best time of the year for Cubs fans, “pitchers and catchers report”.  It is quite unlikely that Matt Garza will be dealt this winter, and outside of the last minute push to sign Yoen(n)is... Read more »