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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

2011 Player Recap - Blake DeWitt

2011 Player Recap - Blake DeWitt
A couple of months ago, my dad and I road tripped down to Memphis to visit my son, drink on Beale St, laugh at how crappy Graceland actually is, etc.  Along I-55, in Sikeston, MO, sits Lambert’s Cafe, the World’s HQ of gluttony and the originator of that most quaint of Midwestern traditions, throwed rolls. ... Read more »

Now, Cubs fans, let's bring in the Ryno!

Now, Cubs fans, let's bring in the Ryno!
It appears that Ricketts has done it…he has brought in a Theo Epstein-esque figure.  It happens to be Theo his own bad self.  Kurt is right.  Bringing in Dusty Baker when we did was big.  Soriano was big.  Piniella was big.  This is big-cubed.  Get yourself to your local college, and learn some basic statistics,... Read more »
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Cubs and Theo: too good to be true?

Cubs and Theo: too good to be true?
Since Jim Hendry was let go this summer, all anyone in Cub Nation has talked about is getting a “Theo Epstein Disciple”, someone who knows the values of stats and performance, someone who knows how to build, and somebody who can work through decades of psychic baggage. Ho-lee cats….we can actually have Theo Epstein?  And... Read more »

The 2011 Cubs - Insubordination, Disconnection, and the Pursuit of False Goals

The 2011 Cubs - Insubordination, Disconnection, and the Pursuit of False Goals
So, Cubs fans, here’s where it has come to.  The 2011 season, boiled down to its “simplest” form in one play.  Of course, nothing is simple, not when it involves 25 players, a front office, 162 games, 3 million attendees and many more millions of fans throughout the world, and 103 years since the last... Read more »

So what will the Cubs look like in 2012?

So what will the Cubs look like in 2012?
First things first: Carlos Pena’s 2011 OPS+ is 115, and Aramis Ramirez’ is 139. Who is going to play first base for us next year?  Going into this season, we eagerly counted and re-counted the dollars still on the books for 2012, trying to figure out how we might pay Albert Pujols his $25 million... Read more »
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Hey, Another Thing The Cubs Suck At!

Hey, Another Thing The Cubs Suck At!
The Cubs suck at another thing! It’s BABIP! You know, BABIP? As in batting average on balls in play? Over the course of a season, about 30% of the balls put into play by a hitter will generally end up as hits. Trust me, a lot of smart people have researched this, and it tends... Read more »