Cubs Win One for John (But It Feels Empty)

The Cubs won an important baseball game tonight, but it feels more than a little empty. We are again reminded that there is so much more to life than this silly game that we all love. John was not only a unique voice in baseball, but in life itself. His humor, kindness, and charm were unparalleled. To say that I miss him already would be an understatement. His entire family is in the thoughts and prayers of his CubsDen family.

The future of this community is probably the least of everyone’s concerns at the moment, but we would like to inform you that we are going to take Sunday off in remembrance of John. All of us here know the special community that John has built, and that a period of reflection is needed. We will have more on Monday as we honor our fearless and eternal leader. So raise a glass or two in his honor in the mean time, and I look forward to the community sharing of all of our best John stories in the near future.

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  • I just knew they would win. John made us better fans. He made us love the process and the minors. So sad yet happy he touched so many Cubs fan's lives.

  • I am very saddened by the news about John. I really appreciate the community he created. Peace.

  • John will be sorely missed by all of us readers. I try to read the Cubs Den everyday. Sometimes multiple times. What I liked about John was his attention to detail during Spring training. He wasn't focused on the top players in the minors. He would focus on the young men who we're a year or two removed from the DR, or Puerto Rico. I'm still try to figure out the stats jargon, thanks to John. Instead of the catcher as the Cubs Den logo, put a blue bar across the catcher in his memory. I don't drink, but I'll raise my Cream Sodato him. My sincere condolences to the Arguello family and to the staff on Cubs Den. Larry from Estacada, Oregon.

  • This is heartbreaking.

    I had the pleasure of interacting a bit with John after he moved here to Arizona, and he was unfailingly generous with his insights, his humor, and knowledge of all things Cub.

    Three years ago we lost our son, and I confided to John that the Den played a major role in our still-continuing recovery. I will continue to rely on the Den and his legacy to move ahead.

    Charlotte and I express our most sincere condolences to Stacey, John's Chicago family and his extended Den family.

  • It has been one of the great fortunes of my life to have found this blog and an even greater honor to have met Mr. John Arguello. Anywhere and anyone I was able to tell about his work and his amazing writers, I did. I can only hope to ever become as great a man as he meant to me

  • Sincerest gratitude for John and the Cubs Den staff. We are all missing John tonight. A great win for the Cubs, greater loss to the Cub family.

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    What's always hardest for me when it comes to death is dealing with the fact that they were so alive oh so recently and now... now they're just gone. Where light shone so brightly but only a few days ago, now there exists nothing but an awning, claustrophobic vacuum whose silence screams volumes. I can think of hundreds of quotes and poems to share, but that means nothing to me now. Perhaps in a few years we'll look back and remember that smiling man whose passion inspired others, but right now it feels hollow. My truest hope is that this binds us all here together and only deepens our passion and bonds so that we don't scatter to the wind and lose such a wonderful community. Let us not let his death be in vain. Let this site ring out as a valiant tribute to John's life and work, a shining light in the darkness. In a dark and weary world, you shone bright John. We will see you again one day. But not yet. Not yet.

  • Very well said BDNW!!!

  • Well put. My thoughts and prayers go out to John and his family. As I know everyone is; I am deeply saddened to hear this news about a man I never met, but felt like I knew.

  • Wow. This is just awful. I had the pleasure of taking John to two games at Kane County. I picked him up from his house and man did we have intense conversations. On the way there it was all Cubs talk and then on the way it was all personal talk. What a great and amazing person. Man this hurts.

  • Actually, let me share a story about John. Today we went to the Under Game at Wrigley so it made me think of this. I remember one year Theo Epstein sat by us at a UA game. He tried to hide by wearing a baseball cap and buried his face in his phone. All of us kept looking back, gawking at Theo. We snuck a couple of pictures in and kept saying how we should say hi. No one had the guts to do it. Finally John gets up with his Hawaiian shirt and stylish hat, walks over to Theo, exends his hand out and says, "Hi Theo! John Arguello. Nice to meet you." Then walks away like it was no big deal. Miss you already buddy!

  • In reply to WillieG1:

    Willie, I was there as well for this moment, along with Cat Garcia and Michael Ernst. John had such an easy demeanor and sort of radiated approachability. He kind of broke the ice with Theo and a few of us discretely followed suit later. Had a really great time getting to know John a little bit that day.

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    Yes, you bought me a water at that game. I remember when we were at the bar before that game. You and Mike were talking about international prospects. I was so lost.

  • More stories , please, 'don't want to let John go without some baseball talk.

  • Oh my god. I am so sad about this. Tearing up as I write. I think about all the dumb things that stress me out on a daily basis, and then think about this wonderful person who I didn't know, I have no stories about him, and I think about what he was fighting, how hard he fought. I can't think of anything wise or profound to say. Just that John reached me with his gift of writing and now he's gone. He brought us all here, to be together about something we all feel so passionate about - the Cubs. Seems so silly to think that a baseball team could that. But it's not silly. It has so much meaning as we all know, and Johns gift made it even more special and made me feel even more connected to this team, this forum, to you all - people I don't even know. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his family, to all his friends, and everyone he reached.

  • I did not know John, other than through his site.

    His site was informative and I loved how he shared his passion for the Cubs with others. His depth of knowledge was fantastic. I appreciated that depth of knowledge and his entries were a pleasure to read. His sharing of insight and thoughts certainly brought a positive effect to my day - is there much better you can say about another person's efforts?

    I'm glad he was able to share the ultimate Cub victory in Game 7 in Cleveland last November.

  • Dear Cubsden community,
    As I lay here in the middle of the night afraid to fall asleep and re-awaken to this nightmare, I find myself reading comments here. John was, and will continue to be, my heart and soul. I cannot begin to express the sadness I feel. John created this site because he felt he could not find anyone at the time, who was covering his beloved Cubs in the way he thought about baseball. He not only had a gift for writing, but could see things in players as though he had some magic power. I loved going to games with him and learning from him. I remember going to instructs one year with him. We saw this catcher scramble for every play. He had an intensity and John watched him for a minute or two and said "He is going to make it. " Soon we were watching as Contreras moved up and improved. The day he got called up we were both so excited. He loved the Cubs, not just because he grew up a fan, but because he believed in their process, and he understood it more than anyone out there. ( Save maybe Theo himself.). He didn't just write about minor league players though. He would walk over to Sloan every chance he had. He preferred the back field because he could get a closer look and chat with the players and their families.
    He knew how important the Grind was, and used it in fighting through his own battles. He was respected there because he respected the staff, the players, and the process. He was so proud of the community he created here. The respect for each other was nurtured. He had a skill in finding great writing talent who each brought a different skill to his site. I am not sure the future of Cubsden, but it is his legacy. I can only hope that his current Cubsden family can continue the work he started. I appreciate all the kind words and look forward to more stories. This is part of my healing process, and like the Cubs when John first started this site, I am looking at least at a few years of rebuilding. Thank you so much everyone.
    Stacey Arguello-Dyck John's wife.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Thank you for these words, Stacey. John's influence was vast, and all for the good.

    His impact on me has been tremendous, and more than I'm ready to put into words right now.

  • In reply to Jared Wyllys:

    As special as John was to us, we know how special he was to you. Thank you for sharing him with us. We are better people because of your and his generosity. Words can never describe how sorry we are for you loss. God bless you and Godspeed to John.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Thank you. It's been a rough 24 hours. I leaned on John a lot behind the scenes for encouragement and advice. His influence is so wide, and only for the good.

  • In reply to Jared Wyllys:

    We are all better, Jared. From his staff the continually puts out the best stuff all Cubs to us commenters. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to post some harsh comments, but I always deferred to John and the respect he has within his community. We all have a bit of John in us as we all cheer for our beloved Cubs. His legacy should be a testament to everything good about Cubs baseball and a passionate fan base. We are blessed to have had John impact us. Thank you John, all staff, all Cubs Den community, and most of all Stacey. John is looking down with some sadness, but immense happiness of a job well done in life and in his community.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Deepest condolences for your loss Stacey. John had a brilliant way of presenting the stats and scouting info on players in a way that wasn't cold or dry. He had a lot of heart in his writing that shined through. The reason me, my brothers and friends feel so close to the team that finally won that elusive World Series was because we followed so many of the key players through the system thru John's words. He will be greatly missed.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    So sorry for your loss. Words can't do justice for the loos you feel.

    Thanks for sharing John with us. I know their were many sacrifices that you and John made for our community. I can't believe when John 1st broached this Cubs blog idea that it seemed like a good idea to you. Thank you for your open mindedness to allow John to pursue his dreams and passions. We, the Cubs Den community, are all much better for it! John was clearly a very special man.

    If I could make a humble suggestion .... could you pull out mrsja comment as a separate blogpost? I'm sure many of the Cubs den community would love to post directly to her our thanks and thoughts for her..

    I'm afraid many in the Cubs Den community may not see her beautiful and loving post.

    Scott from Milwaukee

  • In reply to stv711:

    That's a great idea, Scott. I'm sure many people will miss that touching comment and would love to respond directly.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    You are in my prayers Stacey. I hope you are left with the solace that so many people who never met John are shedding a tear right now. That shows you the impact he had on all of us.

    Because of John and his blog, I got excited about the future of the Cubs 5 years ago and bought into the rebuild. A couple years later, my number came up for season tickets. Because of John's hope in Theo, I was able to convince my wife we needed to go for it. So we did. And I was in Wrigley Field when Puig hit into a DP to send the Cubs to the WS.

    I've never met John, but I will always remember him.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Dear Mrs. Arguello:

    My deepest, sincerest heartfelt condolences. I loved John like no other writer. He and the Den had become such a big part of my life. On a daily, often hourly, basis. There is no way I can describe what this thing John created has meant to me. And I know it means the same to thousands of others.

    Just before the move to Arizona, John invited the Den community to hang with him at a bar in Oak Park. It's a long way from Munster, Indiana, but I knew it might be my one and only chance to meet the man who, for me, had practically become synonymous with the Cubs and my Cubs experience. I will always cherish those few hours talking about life and the Cubs with John. I am so glad I met him in the flesh. He was so, so, so . . .what's the word . . . COOL!

    I immediately thought of John when the Cubs won the World Series. I am so happy he was in this world when it happened. It was only John Arguello who analyzed and documented the glorious Cubs rebuild every step of the way, covering every minute detail. John and Cubs Den became the "Paper of Record" for the rebuild. I cherish that as well.

    I love the Chicago Cubs.
    I love Cubs Den.
    I love John Arguello.

    His passing is a profound loss for me and so many others.

    My world will not be the same without him.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    I can't tell you how touched I am to read your words on this Mrs. Arguello. My deepest canolences to you!

  • In reply to bleedblue:

    Condolences, I can't type for the emotions.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Mrs Arguello, thank you for sharing John with us. It is a testament to the man the profound impact he had on so many people who never got the chance to meet him.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Stacey, my family sends you our deepest condolences. Although I never met John in person, we interacted on here and on twitter like old friends. He even gave me a restaurant recommendation during spring training this year. I know I have lost a friend. Ever since John let us all know he was sick he and you have been in my prayers every day. I know how hard he fought and hope he has found peace. I always told John that he made us better fans. It will be a very different Cub experience without him. Thank you for sharing him with us Denizens.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    I don't want to use up too much space here but reading your words, Stacey, I want to express my deep regret and condolences...and also to say how much John and this site have meant to me. We all have our Cubs bona fides--mine extend back to the 1920's with a grandfather who had a Cubs tryout as a pitcher; to my father who last year at 87 finally saw a lifelong dream come true; to my younger brother who died far too young and who has a "W" flag planted next to his grave. I left Chicago over four decades ago but the Cubs have been the strongest link to my roots and I try to get back to Wrigley every year. But it was my discovery of CubsDen that made me feel like I'd found a home. John's passionate writing and profound baseball insights were reason enough to visit CubsDen every day but it was his fundamental soulfulness and decency that made the site one-of-a-kind. It feels odd to say how much I will miss John given that we never met but he leaves a legacy that I hope this community preserves and protects in the years to come.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Because of his passion, deep knowledge of the game, and a truly wonderful way of writing, he kindled the passion for the Cubs among many followers of this blog, including myself. There were many exciting days reading his Minors Updates posts or his player scouting posts, believe me.

    He also made sure this blog had a nonconfrontational spirit about it. As a result, many of us commenters enjoyed the debates that we had. There was a lot of give and take, consideration of other's opinions. That's a pretty unique quality to this site, thanks to him.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Stacey, you and your family have my condolences. We share in your loss not because we are Cub fans but because John made us all feel like we were friends even if we had never met in person. That is a gift John had, and that is why we all feel a bit of the pain you have. You have many wonderful memories which will help. Thanks for being with John with your camera to help capture the story he was telling. God bless.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Stacey, I know you are hurting because you lost so much. Consider this though, to steal a line from a movie that most are familiar with, "You make me want to be a better man". Nicholson was just trying to keep a noratic love interest from walking out on dinner, but it fits John's legacy to all who knew him.

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Dear Miss Stacey,
    Please know all of CubsDen fandom is praying for you! The days and months ahead will be hard and full of emotion. I hope you know if you have need of ANYTHING, just let the CubDenizens know. I'm sure we as a group will help however it is needed. I mean this. However we as a group can help, let us know. This is what we owe to John and it would be a privilege assist you as we can. God bless and know you are in our thoughts!

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Stacey we are all so sorry for your loss...he was a blessing to us all.
    I have never been to spring training, but I was really looking forward to going for 2 Cubbies and really wanted to meet John...I wanted to shake his hand and to tell him well done on the CubsDen.

    He has enriched my life through his teachings of baseball.
    He was so gifted at recognizing the nuances of not just a pitcher, a position player, but he was able to identify and explain how "the process" would subsequently take place and articulate it to us at the CubsDen, and we were able to take John's information and look and sound like geniuses as we explained it to our uninformed family and friends :).

    He was a fantastic writer with kindness and compassion that clearly showed up in his writing....he was a gift to us all.

    Thank you Stacey for sharing him with us.

    Prayer have been sent...God Bless

  • In reply to mrsja:

    Stacey - You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I never had the privilege of meeting John, but he still felt like a close friend or family member. He will be missed. RIP John.

  • I didn't know John personally, only through his writing, which for many, made him a dear friend we've never met. When Len Kasper announced John's passing during last night's game, it was a gut punch one feels when losing the best of friends. I've been an infrequent poster here but read virtually every entry to this site every day and feel the loss the community John created is experiencing at this time. I will always miss John's wonderful writing and passion for the Cubs. He'll be missed but never forgotten.

  • I never met John; and I never interacted with him. I wish I had. From all I could see though he was an intelligent and considerate man. Bottom line: a good man. He will be missed by all of here who benefited from his insight and dedication over the past few years.

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    First time poster, but felt i had to! Hearts go out to johns family and freinds. Loved the way he he covered the team and the farm. Loved reading his insights and his passion to this game we all love. Terrific writer and baseball fan, the love for the Cubs and the game always came through! Again hearts go out to the family and lets repeat for the man that tought us all so much! U will be sorely missed John

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    Whuch inning did Kasper announce John's passing? I missed last night's broadcast.

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    In reply to Dave Boer:

    I think it was the first or second inning.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Thanks. Found it.

  • In reply to Dave Boer:

    I believe it was in the early to middle innings. Len also wished John well during Friday night's game.

  • In reply to Dave Boer:

    Pat and Ron also did

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    In reply to HJW49:

    They even talked about him for like 5-7 mins on ESPN 1000 at about 9am

  • Even AZ Phil wrote that John made this the best cubs blog. Keep this blog going in his memory.

  • That's great that they announced John's passing during the game. Great tribute.

    I suppose this is a selfish sentiment, but I hope you can keep this thing going.

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    RIP brother. You will most definitely be missed.

  • I'm from the UK, and became a Cubs fan only in 2014. Despite that, I somehow found myself in Wrigleyville during the World Series last year. That journey, and that incredible moment, have been wonderful and vital bright spots in a difficult time for me.

    None of it could have happened without the excellent work of a few dedicated Cubs bloggers whose work made it possible for me to get to know the team and the fans. Chief among them was John Arguello, in both his writing and the community fostered here at Cubs Den.

    I haven't spent as much time around the blogs this year, so when I sat down this morning UK time to watch last night's game, I was shocked when Len mentioned John's passing. I enjoyed and benefited greatly from his writing, and his ability to convey both his wisdom and his passion for baseball and the Cubs. I'm sad that won't be around any more. But more important than that are those who were close to him, and I wish the best for them at this time.

    Thank you, John Arguello.

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    While John may have said, "No, keep writing about the Cubs and baseball," I think that taking the time off is the right thing to do. While I would love to continue reading new stories today it is fitting that the blog is silent.

  • John had been a part of my daily reading since I discovered Cubs Den. He was able to show me so much about the Cubs that I never would have seen/realized. As good as the team on is, there will always be a vacuum when I go to this site. Our prayers are with his family.

  • Empty is the right word. I stayed up through the whole game though wanting them to win, not just because it was important to our season, but because it felt like they needed to win for John. As Saturday rolled into Sunday morning you would think that I, a 56 year old man, would have begun to stop grieving for a man I never met in person but although I never had the honor of shaking his hand in friendship, I knew John. His optimism, his zest for life and baseball and his attention not only to the surface of a thing but to the heart of it (trust the process) are things that I too strive for and hope to achieve in my best self. Who that has been here for a long time doesn't remember the first time John wrote about Willson Contreras in 2013? Here was a kid, a converted infielder learning to catch, that wasn't doing much with the bat and yet John saw something. "Watch out for this kid" John said and watched out. I will never watch Contreras' play without thinking of how I learned of him and the journey we all took following his improbably, yet rewarding, journey. So I will continue to grieve because the man we have lost impacted our lives. That is all any one of us could ever hope to do. My heart breaks for Stacey and his family.

  • I don't post often, but I've been here since the blog's beginning. John, RIP man, you're one of the good guys for sure.

  • I have just heard of the passing of John. I am deeply saddened by this news. As a native of Chicago, but now living in Phoenix, I have been reading this Blog for at least 5 years perhaps longer. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to meet John on the back fields on many occassions. My prayers are for his wife & family & for John's soul.

  • Until I came across Cubs Den about four years ago, I always felt isolated as a Cubs fan. I grew up in NY but for some inexplicable reason rooted for the Cubs instead of the hometown teams. While I subsequently met a few Cubs fans as an adult, I stopped paying much attention to baseball because I wasn't part of a community.

    What John did through Cubs Den was to give me that community and enable me to rediscover my love of baseball. His analysis helped me appreciate the game in a way I never had. That's a remarkable gift from someone I never met. I am so sorry he's gone. My condolences to his family. Please know how much he meant to all of us.

  • When John wrote his last piece, 'IN GRIND-AND FAMILY -WE TRUST'; it sounded like good bye. The fact that the end was so near indicates how long and hard John fought without burdening his friends on this blog. I think we all knew he was in serious fight, but when t h e world loses someone like John Arguello, it hits hard for all who loved him.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I read that post the same way you did. If not "Good-Bye", then at the very least heading into a journey with no clear destination.

    To go back even further, to John's post initially informing us of his original diagnosis, I'm reminded of some powerful words he wrote. John said cancer could not defeat him. He said he would win, cancer would lose, but if the fight went the distance, the worst he could do was fight it to a tie, because if he went down, he would take his opponent with him.

    John fought it to a tie, and I'm glad he took that bastard with him.

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  • I am shocked and saddened to hear that John passed on, he was an amazing writer and much loved by seemingly everyone in the Cubs family, my deepest condolences to his family, friends and the Cubs den community.

    Like many others I found Cubs Den at the beggining of the rebuild & I felt instant kinship to John & the writing he was doing, he was one of the few writers who "got it", could see the big picture and that the future was extremely bright for our beloved Cubs despite the 90-100 losses the MLB team was piling up. He got a lot of us through the worst 2 year stretch in Cubs history and I will forever be grateful that he created a place where we could commiserate and dream of the brighter future we knew was coming, even in the dark times.

    I am so glad he got see the WS championship we all wanted so bad and I hope he knew that his writing affected a lot of folks in an extremely positive way and that there was a lot of love out there for him.

    He left the world a better place than he found it and not everyone can say that

    Rest In Peace brother

  • John's site is a music den in and among the noisey forest of the Internet blogosphere. May his spirit travel well. He shall be missed.

  • So very sad to hear of John's passing. He made the world and particularly the Cubs world a better place. His track record speaks for itself; nobody was better at explaining the Cubs 'Plan' than John and it happened just like he said it would. And by all accounts he was a heckuva nice guy and solid citizen all around. RIP John.

  • I am very saddened to learn of the passing of John. I've been reading his blog for several years now and have always been in awe of John's insights and knowledge of the game. I've been a Cub fan for fifty years now, and have been through a couple of "rebuilds". John and his staff did a tremendous job of giving all of us hope that this rebuild was different than the others.

    I also want to comment on the community that John built here. I've have participated in many internet communities over the years, and I have never been a part of one where all of the members of the community were so unfailingly respectful of each other. This of course is a reflection of John and is one of his many legacies.

    Stacey, I am so sorry for your loss. I never had the opportunity to meet John, but like many here, felt I knew him from his writings and insights. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in his memory.


  • Stacey, I'm so sorry for your loss. John touched so many with his writing, his character evident in every post and comment. He had definite ideas on player evaluation but allowed a diversity of opinions to flourish even as he discouraged the personal angst that sometimes accompanies that diversity. Like many, I waited a long time to experience my Cubs in a World Series. Like many, that experience was greatly enriched by John and by this community he created.

  • For us in the Cub's Den, it's "the day the music died."

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    Good call, Iowaboy. I listened to that song this morning with tears rolling down my cheeks. I've debated whether or not to do my dumb habit of lyrics in this trying time, but that song is worthy. Thank you.

    "I met a girl who sang the blues
    And I asked her for some happy news.
    But she just smiled and turned away.
    I went down to the sacred store
    Where I'd heard the music years before.
    But the man there said the music wouldn't play."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    And you people have me bawling again. Perfect analogy though. Just as an aside I've spent the last day explaining John and his impact to my wife, a non-baseball fan. At one point she said to me "you realize when you describe John you're describing all the qualities you always say you aspire to, and frankly usually achieve". I'd say she nailed it. John was my hero and we would all be lucky to live such a life.

  • In reply to TC154:

    We all know John for his baseball knowledge and writing ability. I never had the privilege of meeting him personally. Some of my most memorable exchanges with him on this site didn't have anything to do with the Cubs. I would reveal my pride in throwing a baseball at 78 MPH without a hospital stay and he would fire back about getting drilled while taking drunken swings in a batting cage. I would often express my jealousy of him talking to prospects on the backfields while I was toiling away in the crawlspace of a customer's home. He was a friend and inspiration in so many ways.

    To get a little more personal, I lost my father to cancer five years ago. Long story, but we ended up with his dream property out in the middle of nowhere for the last two years of his life. His passing sucked, but I take comfort in the fact he realized his dream before the end. If there is any bright side with John, he was surrounded by all things Cubs in the backfields of Sloan Park. He got to live his dream, and I admire him for it.

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    Dear Stacey, You and your family will remain in my prayers. Your husband did so much for us! Back in 2012, when things looked really bleak for the Cubs, John informed us of the up and coming talent, including Rizzo, Contreras and so many others. God be with you Stacey.

  • Heartbroken. He was a terrific writer, exceptional baseball mind and better person. My prayers to his family.

  • In yesterday's game, Len sent condolences to the Arguello and Cubs Den families. It may be found at the 20-min. mark at the start of the bottom of the first.

  • A lifelong Cubs fan, I was a fairly jaded watcher of the game. Then a friend of mine told me about this blog that I should read. The head scribe said, "here is a safe place to geek out on OPS+ and WAR and also gush about the spectacle of gods playing the best summer lawn game of our childhoods."

    By the time the 2013 Arizona Fall League graced the desert, I took my friends up on their invitation to see the big four (Baez, Soler, Almora, and recent draft pick, Bryant), which I never would have done if not for this blog. I dragged my family with, and there my daughters, and to my consternation my wife, fell in love with Mr. Bryant and cemented their connection with the game.

    Fast forward past the perfect season, past the many tears of joy, relief, and grief over the loss of the man who introduced me to the game, to today where my daughter is now dating the star of her high school baseball team.

    With this boyfriend I can see how I didn't treat the previous ones particularly well. How I need to mature and fast. I can see how the scotch-drinking, process-focused, fearless leader of my favorite blog led me to rethink my relationship to the Cubs, my childhood, and my daughters. And how none of that would have been fully realized without him. I love you John. I'm sorry I didn't get to say it while you were alive.

  • My friend John...I know you're smiling down on that win last night and humbled by all the outpouring of love on the Cubs Den, on twitter, and throughout the cubs community. You are so appreciated. Most everything I learned about Cubs baseball was from you, and the awesome community you built. Cubs Den was a constant in my life for the past 5 years. Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart. I also wanted to thank all of the "Denizens" for your generosity with the GoFundMe acct. I sent the check to John and Stacey a few weeks ago, after John and I exchanged communication. He expressed an outpouring of gratitude for everyone that contributed. What a wonderful human being John was, always making time for all of us and our questions and comments. And lastly, Stacey if you're reading, thank you for sharing him with us all. God bless you and I hope you find peace in knowing what he meant to all of us.

  • Not sure if all have seen this. Al Yellon from Bleed Cubbie Blue wrote a nice tribute to John. Link below.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    That was awesome. We should all take a trip to the backfields and pay a tribute to John with a Scotch and thank him.

    John's reach to the Cub world is eying comprehension. I have tears rolling down my cheeks as I write this. F cancer!!!!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Yes, I will go tomorrow to Sloan park. I hear there is a tribute site at the entrance of the back fields. I think I will bring a flask and flowers.

  • Stacey, can't say how sorry I am for you. As much as John loved baseball, he clearly valued the life you two built far more than anything. He was an inspiration to so many. His message- do what your passionate about with passion & focus your time and energy on the people and things that matter.

    I hope it gives you some solace to know that you're not alone in missing John & everything that he brought to the table.

  • I can't shake this feeling that I've had since last night. I keep thinking back to all of the incredibly hopeful, yet rational posts that indelibly lifted my spirits around this team and got me through the rebuild. John saw the future as clearly as Theo, and no one could've articulated the vision any clearer. I'm the cliche pessimistic Cubs fan. I'm not proud of that, but it's where my sensibilities naturally fall. I always looked to John to help show me the light. He wasn't a homer; he MADE you believe in this team without fake swagger or arrogance. He broke it down in a way that made hope feel logical. My pessimism has been spiking this season, and I realize how much I've missed his steady hand. I personally will strive to be a better fan in John's image.

    Please support cancer research. Donate in John's name. God bless.

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    In reply to Stubbs:

    R.I.P. John and my deepest condolences to his entire family. One of the things about John that i respected him the most for was that even though he was extremely intelligent he never talked over you when he commented on something i said....and he very easily could of because intellectually he was way over my pay grade. God Bless you John and God bless his wife and family.

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    Seriously, John was amazing. There are no words...
    This great community truly was his legacy.

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    Stacey, thank you for your message here. I hope all of our love for John comforts you in a least some way. I came to Cubs Den and found someone (John of course) that cared as much as I did about prospects and the Cubs. Remember when the draft would only release the names of the first round picks and then a week later released the others. I would try and found everything I could about them, reading BA and see what prospects they mentioned by position and by region. Then the internet and try to find the scouting report about our 32 round choice. John shared that obsession and I am so thankful he did.
    When John got out of the hospital a few years ago I sent him a bottle of scotch but that's as close as I ever got to him personally, but felt I knew him so well here.
    I love reading all the thoughts and memories of everyone here.
    btw, today The Cubs Win!! We are on a roll and I'm sure John is loving it.

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    My comment was just eaten, could someone please release it. Thanks.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Amen. Their have been a quite a few comments eaten. Hopefully someone can release them. I am sure the outpouring of live to John is immense.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I've been working to catch them as much as I can, but it's tough.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I've been working to restore as many of them as I can. Hopefully I got yours.

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    Basically I wrote that before I found Cubs den I would search for information on each draft choice, reading BA and looking for them by see their position comparisons or area of the country they were in--from anywhere I could. That was when only the first round choice was released that day, the rest were released a week later. Here I found someone as "obsessed" as I was and I was thrilled. He gave us all the information and followed all of them.
    That was a great story that Stacey told about Willson Contreras and how John just knew that he would be different from so many others.
    I never met John; I sent him a bottle of Scotch when he got out of the hospital a few years ago and exchanged a few emails but all the rest was here.
    There have been so many tweets and mentions of him by not only Denizens but by other writers, Cubs players and minor leaguers and managers and the whole Cubs community. It is well deserved.
    Stacey, I hope that realizing how much he was loved and respected helps a little bit in this time of mourning, and I hope that we can continue to read Cubs Den in whatever form it takes. Good bye John.
    btw, the Cubs did win today to go up by 2 1/2 games. I'm sure you were watching.

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    Basically I wrote that before I found Cubs den I would search for information on each draft choice, reading BA and looking for them by see their position comparisons or area of the country they were in--from anywhere I could. That was when only the first round choice was released that day, the rest were released a week later. Here I found someone as "obsessed" as I was and I was thrilled. He gave us all the information and followed all of them.
    That was a great story that Stacey told about Willson Contreras and how John just knew that he would be different from so many others.
    I never met John; I sent him a bottle of Scotch when he got out of the hospital a few years ago and exchanged a few emails but all the rest was here.
    There have been so many tweets and mentions of him by not only Denizens but by other writers, Cubs players and minor leaguers and managers and the whole Cubs community. It is well deserved.
    Stacey, I hope that realizing how much he was loved and respected helps a little bit in this time of mourning, and I hope that we can continue to read Cubs Den in whatever form it takes. Good bye John.
    btw, the Cubs did win today to go up by 2 1/2 games. I'm sure you were watching.

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    Again was not being accepted. It was another bit of love for John and and thoughts are with you Stacey.

  • In the facebook movie, Justin Timberlake said "our grandparents lived on farms, our parents in cities and our children live on the internet." As an older person, I see mostly negative in that quote. But more than anyone I am aware, John brought out the best in the internet with his blog. Cubs Den is a "salon" for polite and civil exchange of opinions about baseball. Cubs Den is John's vision, and his passion for the blog helped all of us turn it into a great place for baseball discussion.
    I never met John, I'm not sure I would recognize him if we passed on the street and I am even uncertain of the pronunciation of his name. But this morning, tears ran down my cheeks when I read about his passion. That's amazing. Cubs Den is truly a community. I will keep John and his family in prayers for peace and blessings.

  • A few years ago I had read about Cubs Den on another Cubs website and decided to check it out. I found it insightful about the process the new regime had put in place and very positive about how this would lead to a Cubs World Series title someday. As I kept coming back for more, I found myself liking John and thinking of him as a friend or even brother - a passionate Cub fan who could explain how this time the rebuild would be successful and reassure us to keep the faith. My wife would get impatient about how they sucked in 2012 through 2014 and I would say they were "sucking with a purpose" this time. Stacey, I am very sorry for your loss. Cancer is an awful diagnosis. I have lost a few family members to various forms of it. I'm sad that John succumbed to it, but I am happy he at least got to see the Cubs win It all last year. He will be missed by all of us.

  • It looks like we are going to get Justin Wilson from the Tigers. Sounds like Jeimer Candelario is part of the deal. If you haven't seen it check what he posted on twitter:

  • In reply to TD40:

    Looks like Justin Wilson, and Alex Avila for Candelario, Isaac Paredes and either a PTBNL or cash.

  • In reply to GSmit:

    Don't like giving up Paredes. But this move makes are bullpen redic,

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    In reply to TD40:

    Me either. Candy, I get. He's obviously blocked. I assume Wilson is controlled for 2018 as well right?

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    In reply to TD40:

    I like the deal, but now we've traded our last 3 #1 prospects. Don't misunderstand me, we won the WS last year and I love the Q trade and this is another good one (assuming it goes through). When you have a deep system you can help the big club and that's what Theo is doing.
    Right John?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    You can argue that of all the people we gave up, Cease was the only one who wasn't blocked at some point. Most of our position players on the major league roster are under control for 4 years or more. Jimenez, Candy and Paredes could have had trouble finding a spot.

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    In reply to TD40:

    Paraders won't be 19 until next year so he's prob 3-4 years away at minimum, but your 100% right w about everything else.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    We have every position covered at the big-league level for several years. The minor-league system is shifting towards being pitcher-heavy. We have money to burn and unrestricted access to the IFA market next year, just in time to develop the talent necessary to fill the voids that will be created when the core players begin to hit free-agency. Sounds like a plan to me, and I love being a Cubs fan during a prolonged period of competent management.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Spot on Barley.......the whole point of developing the farm system is to topload the big club and now we have the window we want and the time to redeveloped again. A championship was gained with more very possible very soon isnt that what the goal was?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I am fine with this trade. Obviously I would have liked to give up less but this was not an unfair "price" to pay.

    It makes the Cubs bullpen likely a "strength" going into the stretch run. It also gives them another guy with "closer" experience for days when Davis needs the day off AND it gives the Cubs another option if Edwards struggles next year as "closer." Wilson doesn't have a ton of experience but he has some.

    Avila I like too, but don't recall if he is considered a good defender, framer, thrower, etc. But having a vet to back up Contreras will be nice. I still like Caratini but a vet is likely to be valuable.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    We traded a 3B and a player very likely to end up at 3B.

    We certainly have that position covered for a while with a certain someone and still have Happ/La Stella/Vosler/Upshaw as depth.

    We protected out pitching prospects.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Aramis Ademan gets the call up to South Bend to replace Paredes. One 18 year old exchanged for another.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Sonny Gray to the Yankees for Mateo, Kapreilian, and Fowler.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Darvish to the Dodgers for second baseman Willie Calhoun, right-hander A.J. Alexy and shortstop Brendon Davis--the #4, #17, and #27 prospects.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Dodgers ain't messing around this year,... That was still a solid SP rotation even with Kershaw out.

  • Great article Mike, and one nice comment after each other.

  • Damn,... Just damn. Feel like I just got kicked in the gut,...

    RIP John - one of the best friends I never met - if you all know what I mean,...

    And Stacey - I hope that if you read this - you get another bit of small comfort knowing that John had such a wide reach in life.


  • Little info on LHP Justin Wilson. Righties are hitting .131 against him. That is not a misprint. So we are not getting a LOOGY. We are getting an 8th inning guy.

  • In reply to TD40:

    We're also getting a guy who can go against the LH hitters in Washington's lineup, our most likely NLDS opponent. Our management team is not comprised of idiots. And just because we can all use a touch of humor at the moment, many sources are reporting that the Cubs/Tigers negotiations were bigger and involved Verlander, but the Tigers insisted on the Cubs parting with Javy for the honor of taking on Verlander's contract.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Great point about the LH hitters on Washington BP. Theo is a thinker and always looks down the road. I also like your analysis of our system. Our players now in the bigs are still mostly 25 or younger and in a few years will just be getting into their prime and by that time all the pitchers that we've drafted or signed will be percolating and we'll be calling them the next wave--right on time.

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    I've never commented before, but I have been reading Cubs Den for about 3 - 4 years now, and I just wanted to say how deeply saddened I was to hear the news of John's passing during Saturday's game. John created a blog full of insight, analysis, and passion for the team that we love. Finding Cubs Den in the pre-2015 seasons was like finding a desert oasis. The negativity of the traditional Chicago sports media was replaced by John's in-depth take on Theo's plan, from the lowest levels of the minor leagues, all the way to the Majors. It kept my hope alive for brighter days during those lean seasons.

    RIP John, and condolences to your family and friends. I will miss your insights. I'm happy knowing that you witnessed the championship drought end, and I hope the Cubs will win another one for you this season.

  • I have been a follower of this site for it seems like 5 years and it was mainly because of John and his expertise on our system. He was also so informative about the rebuild and realistic at the same time. He kept us all going during the process and we followed the rise of our current studs. The best part about this place and our leader John is that everyone is welcome to this place and it is only true Cubbies. I am from Lonoke, Ar which is right in the middle of Cards country, yet here it was if we all know each other especially John. Everytime I would leave a comment on here or twitter he was always there with a response. That will never be forgotten and the reason I felt he was a friend. John will always live on thru all of us that enjoyed his work. I just am thankful that he got to see last year. The ride was fun but for me the rebuild reading all of John's recaps were just as fun. I love you guys and am praying for you all especially Johns family.

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    I've been following this site for many years. I've always wondered what would cause me to make my first post. Sadly, losing John is the one. I'm not sure how long ago it was when I discovered this site. I remember one of my last posts concerned Castro's chances of eventually getting 3,000 hits. So, maybe Starlin's second year? I was on the official forum and someone mentioned it. I was not a fan of the official forum and have since abandoned it. This site was what I was looking for. It wasn't a great time to be a Cub fan but John got me hooked on the minor leagues system (I still am). When we were losing 100, I was the guy who was talking about how good we'd be in two years. I did that on John's authority and he was absolutely right. It was fun being a Cubs fan during those dark years thanks to his insight. He's introduced me to so many future MLB players and some stars. He always found the silver lining. I am so glad we won the big one for him. The world was better off having known John Arguello. We'll miss you very much!

  • RIP. I will remember his words. That is no small thing. Had I known or Loved this man, I would feel gratitude for the miles and miles of archived John Arguello stories, words, anecdotes, articles, etc. His words are his legacy.

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