Posts in category "Jed Hoyer"

At this point, we Cub fans must practice great restraint

At this point, we Cub fans must practice great restraint
Fact: nearly every other team in the majors is better than the Cubs right now. Fact: nearly every other pitching staff is better than the Cubs’ staff. Fact: nearly every pitcher available in the free agent or trade market is better than nearly anyone the Cubs have right now. Fact: the Cubs will spend resources... Read more »

Who's Coming North with the Cubs in 2013?

Who's Coming North with the Cubs in 2013?
It’s depressing that there are legal adults who ain’t gotta clue about phone booths and their original purpose.  If you see one, now, chances are it has been converted into a time machine.  There’s one sitting next to a closed gas-station in the next town over, and I stepped in.  Well, ok, I squoze my... Read more »

The worst season of our lives is not 2012

No, upon reflection, the worst season of our lives is surely one in which the Cubs broke our hearts. This year, there’s been none of the heartbreak (except, maybe, when Kerry surrendered early on) and the losses feel just as meaningless as the wins. It’s been hard to blog about the Cubs. Heck, it’s been... Read more »
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I'm kinda proud of you all, Cubs fans

Well, they finally did it.  House has been cleaned.  There are still some Mathers and Sorianos lying about, and I still can’t imagine what the hell a “stress reaction” is in Garza’s elbow – probably is a new word for “pain”.  I believe the extra effort they had to put in on the Dempster deal... Read more »

Meet your new 2012 Cubs "long man" - Mr. Ryan Dempster

Meet your new 2012 Cubs "long man" - Mr. Ryan Dempster
Well, we were all fooled!  Normally I pride myself on being able to see through the hype (see Sosa, Sammy) and see what a pile of crap most players are.  Dempster was good, really good, at selling us on his warm-and-fuzzy facade.  He runs up mountains!  He is a super dad!  He does horrifically bad... Read more »

Cubs: it's not the losing as much as it is who's doing the losing

Dunno about you, but I find it to be a very bewildering time to be a Cub fan. As far as the whole “Ricketts Family puts hand out for public aid in a city run by Obama’s ex-chief of staff at the same time Pappy Joe decides to finance a Super PAC with the sole... Read more »
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Unconditional Faith in Theo Must Endure

So, the lineup that needs NO introduction, because, even if I introduced it, nobody would care….your 2012 Chicago Cubs! DeJesus RF, Barney 2B, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Byrd CF, Soto C, Dempster P. A 22 year old third hitter, a Quadruple A poster boy, a miserable, godforesaken contract, a rookie-of-the-year who... 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 »

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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Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue
On MLB radio today, Jim Memelo and Todd Hollandsworth noted quite correctly that if Jim Hendry was still in the Cubs’ GM chair, with the underwhelming lack of activity so far, that we Cubs fans would be storming 1060 W. Addison with torches and pitchforks.  I mean, eff you, Memelo…I don’t even own a pitchfork!... Read more »