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Dumbass from WSJ, Rich Cohen, says that Wrigley should be torn down.

May 15, 2012 2 comments

(Wall St Journal)–Having not won a World Series since 1908, and having last appeared on that stage in 1945—a war year in which the professional leagues were still populated by has-beens and freaks—the Chicago Cubs must contemplate the only solution that might restore the team to glory: Tear down Wrigley Field. Having not won a World Series since 1908, the Chicago Cubs must contemplate the only solution that might restore the team to glory: Tear down Wrigley Field. Destroy it. Annihilate it. Collapse it with the sort of charges that put the Sands Hotel out of its misery in Vegas. Implosion or explosion, get rid of it. That pile of quaintness has to go. Not merely the structure, but the ground on which it stands. The Cubs moved into Wrigley in 1916, when it was known as Weeghman Park. Before that, it was the home of the Whales of the Federal League. The Cubs, founded in 1870, had been wanderers, playing on fields scattered across the breadth of booming iron-plated Chicago. The grandest was West Side Park, an opera house for the proletariat, with its velvet curtained boxes, at the intersection of Taylor and Wood on the West Side. Most importantly, the Cubs won there. The glory years before Wrigley are like the age before the flood, when exotic species thrived on the earth, among them the feared Chicago Cub. The team was a powerhouse. Performing as the White Stockings (1876-1889), the Colts (1890-1897), the Orphans (1898–1902) and finally the Cubs, they won with regularity. In 1906 they went 116-36, a .763 winning percentage that remains the greatest season in major-league history. In 1907 they won their first World Series; in 1908, with the unhittable Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and the Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double-play combo that was death to nascent rallies, they won it again. The Cubs then made the fatal mistake of taking up in Wrigley, where the evening sun streams through the cross-hatching above home plate and the creeping shadows form a web that has ensnared the club for a century, where sometimes the wind blows in and sometimes it blows out, and the only constant is disappointment.The entire story can be told via two statistics:

The Cubs pre-Wrigley: 2,971 wins, 2,152 losses.

The Cubs since (before Monday): 7,382 wins, 7,703 losses.

When a house is haunted, you don’t put in a new scoreboard, add ivy, get better food or bigger beers—you move!

 

Who the eff is this Rich Cohen moron and can we get him fired?  Tear down Wrigley Field and salt the earth?  Really bro?  Why don’t we just piss on the Statue of Liberty and melt down the Liberty Bell?  Those things are old too.  I am from Boston and grew up with “The Curse Of The Bambino”.  The 1946 series, Bucky “Bleeping” Dent, Buckner, Grady Little, hundreds of September collapses had an entire region believing in mysticism.  That seemed real.  The Red Sox were a contender essentially every year and every year a bad bounce or an injury or a decision seemed to get in the way.  Then 2004 came around.  A bunch of self-proclaimed idiots won the World Series and New England rejoiced.  It was special.  The Red Sox didn’t have voodoo, or witch doctors, or magic powers in 2004.  They were simply the best team.  They had outstanding front-end starters with Pedro, Schilling, and Derek Lowe and a shut-down bullpen anchored by Mike Timlin, Alan Embree, and Keith Foulke…oh…and they could FLAT-OUT  RAKE!!! One of the best offensive clubs in the history of baseball.  That’s why they won.  Not because they managed to beat a curse.

This guy wants to blame 100 years of failure on the Northside on Wrigley Field itself.  That’s just asinine.  He cited things like weather, atmosphere, and a culture of losing.  Well the first two reasons are bullshit.  Both teams play in the same weather and plenty of teams have won playoff series without having home field advantage.  The 2004 Red Sox for example.  Saying the atmosphere at Wrigley Field is too friendly to win is absurd.  Does this guy mean to say that the great fans of the Florida Marlins were responsible for their two World Series?  The Texas Rangers are good again after being irrelevant for about 15 years….did the atmosphere in the ballpark suddenly change?  Of course not.

I do believe that a culture of losing has permeated the Cubs organization in the past, but those days are over.  This Cubs team has a noticeable competitiveness to them and a palpable positive energy.  I believe that Tom Ricketts is the man ultimately responsible.  He brought in Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, and let them do their thing.  They have changed the culture of the team and it is apparent on the field early in 2012.  The Cubs don’t have a lot of talent at this point, but things are heading in the right direction.  When the Cubs finally do win it won’t be because they eradicated a curse, but rather they had the best team.  It’s coming Cubs fans.  Ain’t no curses.

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Cubs Win…ho hum.

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Cubs just dragon slaying per usual.  Nothing to see here.  Dempster pumping out quality start after quality start and Lahair is straight murdering the baseball.  The guy can play.  Cubs are tied for 4th and climbing the standings.  Not saying they are going to win the division…actually…you know what…fuck it. 2012 NL Central Champs: The Chicago Cubs!!! SING IT JD!!!!

 

PS: WTF does Dempster have to do to get a decision?  0-1 with an ERA under 2?  This has to be some sort of record.

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BLOGGER SWAG!!!

May 10, 2012 1 comment

“What’s that New Era?  You want me to go to the Cubs game in your suite?  Hold on, let me check my schedule.  I mean I am very busy being a sports/smut internet mogul.  Ok…I am supposed to have a dinner with Rocky Wirtz, but I can turn that into just drinks.  We are good to go.  Thanks.  See you there.”

The only question now is who do I take with me.  First instinct is to invite some rocket.  Never hurts to show up to an event with eye candy on your arm.  Second instinct is to take one of the two guys who have contributed to the blog…but that’s like Sophie’s choice.  Can’t risk offending either of them, so they are both out.  A follower? A friend? Contest?  I feel like there has to be an opportunity to capitalize on this somehow.

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CUBS WIN!!! Take 2 of 3 from Braves

 

Pitchers duel today at Wrigley Field between Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson.  Hudson blinked first.  Way to give up a run Hudson, you loser.  When you’re facing an ace like Paul Maholm there is just no room for error.  The Cubs are playing really solid baseball.  No bullshit, I believe winning is a part of the culture with the Cubs now.  The owners sent a message by hiring Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to run the club.  They made big changes to the roster from 2011, but I think the hold-overs recognized that this organization is now serious about winning and are acting accordingly.  They aren’t world beaters, but they are on their way.

Real talk time here for second…is it time to see if either Anthony Rizzo or Brian LaHair can play other positions?  It was believed by many that LaHair was simply keeping Rizzo’s seat warm at first base, but he might be too good.  Lahair is hitting .384, has an OBP of .476, and has already hit 8 HRs.  Those are all-star numbers.  Meanwhile Anthony Rizzo is murdering AAA pitching.  He is hitting .357, has an OBP of .413, and has hit 9 HRs.  Rizzo is still struggling to hit lefties, and there is no reason to rush him to the varsity if Lahair continues to play well.  Having said that, the Cubs best solution long-term is to probably have both of those guys in the lineup.  Could one of those guys be shifted to 3B or LF?  It’s a good problem to have.

Cubs are playing well…LETS DANCE!!! SING IT JD!!!!

 

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CUBS WIN!!! Are the Cubs giant killers?

Ho hum, just another win over one of the better teams in baseball.  Don’t look now, but the Cubs are playing decent baseball lately.  Solid defensively and getting good pitching.  Can’t ask for much more than that.  Those are the reasons why the Cubs are competing with the National League’s elite lately.  Two of three from the Cardinals, split four in Philadelphia, split two with the Reds, two of three from the Dodgers, and now kicking off a three game series with a win against the Braves.  Cubs are still in last place, but only by a half of a game and I am getting a feeling about this team.  They’ve got a good energy.  So watch out NL-Central…

LET’S DANCE!!! SING IT JD!!!

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CUBS WIN!!! Has there ever been a more lovable last place team?

 

Say what you want about the 2012 Cubs, but the one thing you can’t say is that they are quitters. Last night was  thrilling.  9th inning comeback against a first place team and then a walk off win in extra innings. Love it.  The Cubs compete hard just about every night and these late inning comebacks are inspiring.  The “Cubs Way” that Theo Epstein and the new brass wanted to instill is starting to take shape.  The culture change is evident. Things are moving in the right direction.  I am not a big moral victories guy, but honestly…that’s all the 2012 season is about for the Cubs.  I feel like these types of wins just wouldn’t happen last year.  There is a lot to like about the 2012 Cubs and I am happy to support them.  Let’s enjoy this ride for what it is. Having said that, the Cubs are a couple of bullpen arms away from competing in the NL Central.  That shit is up for grabs. It’s going to be a fun summer.  CUBS WIN!!! SING IT JD!!!

 

PS: I saw JD McPherson at Lincoln Hall a week ago and he burned that place to the effing ground.  I was a little disappointed at the lack of DePaul rockets in attendance, but I didn’t do a good enough job of getting the word out I guess.  JD McPherson is another guy to whom I have given the Chief Seal of Approval.  It’s only a matter of time before he blows up huge.  Real recognize real.

PPS: JD McPherson needs a different opening act more than the Cubs need a closer.

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CUBS WIN!!! Also…Jeff Samardizja is F-ing LEGIT. LET’S DANCE

 

 

A month into the season and the Cubs are already 7 games out and in last place…but honestly…WHO CARES?  Everyone knew this year was going to be brutal.   The roster as a whole is as bad as advertised.  However, there are some real positives to take away from the first month and the most exciting is the emergence of Jeff Samardizja.  The guy is legit.  Five starts, three wins, a 3.41 ERA and a 9.09 K/BB ratio.  With Samardizja and Garza the Cubs have 40% of their rotation locked down for the future.  Combine that with Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro and the Cubs have a nice young core to build around.  Still a long road ahead and a lot of work for Theo, but there is reason for long-term optimism on the Northside.

 

 

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CUBS WIN!!! LETS DANCE!!!

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Look it Cardinals, I don’t want to sit here and say I told you so…

…but I totally did.  I know the Cubs suck, but they still get paid to play baseball.  You can’t just expect them to roll over in the 9th inning down only a run.  There is a new culture in the Cubs organization.  Once they get some new players to go with that new culture they will be a force.  The Cubs won a game yesterday, that’s two in a row.  If they win one today, that’s called a winning streak.  It HAS happened before.  So let’s see some hustle!!! GO CUBS GO!!!

 

 

 

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Happy 100th Birthday Fenway Park

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Baseball’s holiest cathedral turns 100 years old today.  And even though I hate John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherrington, Bobby Valentine, Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett, and the 22 other guys on the team not named Dustin Pedroia, it’s still a good day in Red Sox nation.  Fenway is as special as they come.  The renovations made over the past decade or so have managed to modernize the park, while preserving the characteristics which have made Fenway the most important cultural landmark in the city of Boston.  Hopefully it stands for another 100 years.

PS: Theo Epstein was General Manager during the majority of the renovations to Fenway Park.  While obviously he didn’t have much say in that department in Boston, he certainly observed how added seats and additional revenue streams in the stadium allowed him to grow his baseball operations budget.  That experience could prove valuable as Wrigley goes through a similar renovation process.

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CUBS WIN!!!! LETS DANCE!!!

April 13, 2012 Leave a comment

 

 

Cubs got their second win of the season yesterday as Garza was just straight dealing.  The Cubs have a lot of weaknesses, but early on their pitching staff has shown a lot of promise.  If they can get any type of consistent relief pitching and a little bit of offense the Cubs could have a nice summer.

 

 

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