Catching Fire

Catching Fire
I’m a bit drunk right now after the school party (the students were gone, just us insane teachers so nobody panic) but I did catch up on the Twitters and I know the Chicago Cubs appear to have a reasonable-ish deal with David Ross: Sources: David Ross to #Cubs, two years, $5M. — Ken Rosenthal... Read more »

The Un-Conventional Cubs Fan

The Un-Conventional Cubs Fan
My blog compatriots and some others on the Twitters have been bugging me to join them at the Cubs Convention next month.  And yeah, I’ve been hemming and hawing about it for a while, trying to figure out if I really REALLY REALLY want to go, or if I’d just rather follow the updates on Twitter... Read more »

The Super-Creative Jon Lester Contract

The Super-Creative Jon Lester Contract
Jon Lester agreed to a contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs last week.  He was introduced to the public today as an official member of the Cubs, and is now on the 40-man roster (it’s full).  You’ll notice that Lester got Kerry Wood‘s old number, but it’s cool:   Jon Lester says he chose... Read more »
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Welcome to Chicago, Jon Lester

Welcome to Chicago, Jon Lester
Today, the Chicago Cubs officially introduced their new ace pitcher, Jon Lester in a press conference at a posh Chicago restaurant that I will probably never go to because I can’t afford it.  Here are some highlights. Theo Epstein spoke first, introducing Lester and his family.  He thanked everyone involved in the process of bringing... Read more »

The Incredible Expanding Strike Zone

The Incredible Expanding Strike Zone
There’s been a lot of talk about market inefficiencies and defensive shifting and all kinds of newfangled stuff ever since everyone first learned about the magic that is on-base percentage, thanks in part to Billy Beane (his weird trades this year notwithstanding).  As players get faster, stronger, and more athletic, and front offices get more... Read more »

Cubs Bargain Shopping

Cubs Bargain Shopping
I probably should take the time to tag every single player who switched teams this offseason, but that would be ludicrous and a bit of a time-waster, so I’m gonna just link you to MLBTR’s Week in Review and leave it at that.  Among the transactions, of course, were the following: Jason Hammel came back... Read more »
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Cubs TV (UPDATE: ABC deal official)

Cubs TV (UPDATE: ABC deal official)
You may recall once upon a time that the Chicago Cubs opted out of their television contract with WGN…now they might get back together: The Cubs opted out of an agreement with WGN-TV last year, freeing up about 70 TV games beginning next season, ostensibly ending a relationship which dates to 1948. The move enabled... Read more »

Cubs, Being, Cubs

Cubs, Being, Cubs
I was still in school waiting for the day (and the week) to end when I saw Lana tweet something funny that probably would have been offensive for Chicago Cubs fans with no sense of humor.  I had to respond…   “@Lana: didn’t realize “cubs being cubs” was a stat RT @BrianEJ: @Lana so pic.twitter.com/ZUUZzUgQRI”... Read more »

How you spend your money is none of my business

How you spend your money is none of my business
I had gone to sleep by then, but Anno was up in the middle of the night and caught the news that the Chicago Cubs had indeed signed Jon Lester.  John at Cubs Den never sleeps so he has some additional details: Per multiple reports, the Cubs have signed Jon Lester for 6 yrs/$155M.  David Kaplan reports... Read more »
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The Chicago Cubs Sign Jon Lester (Official)

The Chicago Cubs Sign Jon Lester (Official)
The move you have been waiting all off season for has finally happened, and I am not talking about the trade the Chicago Cubs made for Miguel Montero.  As teams continued to drop out of the running through the night, the Cubs stayed alive, vanquishing the Boston Red Sox, and signed their top target Jon... Read more »