So John Henry Walks Into a Radio Station…

Apparently the Boston radio duo of Felger and Massarotti were doing their show on 98.5 FM when they got word that Boston owner, John Henry had come into the station and wanted to come on the radio to address “misinformation” that they had been spreading during this whole post-collapse implosion. It is a surreal interview […]

Shameless self-promotion

Hi guys, My friend Anno Catuli and I set up a new blog site and added you to the blog roll.  Please check it out and let us know what you think.  Thanks for letting me hang around all this time, by the way. Linky —> World Series Dreaming

Regarding the “save” statistic

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 36 hours or so, you know that Mariano Rivera got his 602nd save yesterday.  As a former and currently-sometime Yankees fan (they like to win and I like winning), and also having a six degrees of Kevin Bacon association with the Rivera family, this was […]

Dear Carlos Zambrano, Please Join My Team

Dear Carlos Zambrano, I know this has been a frustrating year or three for you. It’s been a frustrating year or 103 for Cubs fans, so we can relate. I’d like to help alleviate your frustration. I want to formally invite you to join my kickball team. You see, every year my employer holds an […]

Your moment of zen

Perusing the interwebs tonight and saw this.  Not sure how to embed a Youtube video here, so you’ll just have to click the link.  Hopefully it’s not someone you know.  Wonder what Al Yellon thought of this one?  

Marlon Byrd on the Holliday slide

Marlon Byrd wrote a brief article today on his blog about Matt Holliday’s slide yesterday.  You call a play dirty when a guy is going out there trying to hurt somebody and that’s not what he did. If Holliday wants to go in and hurt somebody he will. He’s 6-4, 235, 240 pounds. That’s him […]

Old Style to exit Wrigley Field following 2011 season

(I apologize if I don’t do this right. I didn’t pay attention when Al wrote the post about diary posts, or fan shots, or rim shots or whatever the hell they’re called.) Old Style beer and the Chicago Cubs have been intertwined as long as I can remember. When I was a kid listening to […]

Joe Posnanski on Barry Bonds

One of the best sportswriters, Joe Posnanski, recently got into a debate with Bob Costas about Barry Bonds as one of the best players of all time.  As a Bay Area native I followed the Giants and A’s after the whole steroid-fueled home run chase of 1998 (Sammy Sosa being the definitive reason why I’m […]

Anatomy of a Rebound – 2006-2007 vs 2011

One thing that hasn’t been discussed much is how the Cubs went from a similarly unwatchable team in 2006 to the playoffs in 2007.  Just like the 2011 Cubs, the 2006 Cubs had some major black holes on their roster, trotted out numerous awful pitchers in the 5th starter spot, and were completely unwatchable and […]

African-Americans in baseball

This Texas newspaper story has been circulating around the blogosphere for a while so I thought it deserved a bit of attention.   I think most everyone is aware that the number of star-quality or even major league-caliber African-American players in MLB has dwindled in recent years.  The article does mention how the population of […]

Can Rosenbloom out-stupid Rosenbloom?

Steve Rosenbloom’s streak of semi-reasonable articles came to a screeching halt yesterday (we’re all regression fans here, so we saw this coming) with his “thrashing” of the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano and his decision to go adopt a child during the All-Star break.  Cue Rosenbloom: Latest cases in point began when Zambrano went on the disabled […]

Cubs Sign International Free Agents Mark Malave and Ricardo Marcano

Terms aren’t yet available, but the Cubs have signed two more international free agents. Scouting reports for the players are below. Malave is the 8th ranked international free agent, one spot ahead of Enrique Acosta who the Cubs gave big bucks to. Malave’s arm might be his best tool. He has a short arm stroke […]

Tom Ricketts and Player Acquisition

Tom Ricketts has been vocal since buying the Cubs about the need to strengthen the minor league system.  It’s getting harder to doubt his sincerity given the construction of a new facility in the Dominican Republic, the increased number of overslot draftees in 2011, and the newly competitive nature of the organization in plucking sixteen […]

Cubs sign Enrique Acosta for $1.1 million

It’s always nice to see the Cubs make a splash in the Dominican or Venezuela. They signed Enrique Acosta for $1.1 million. The full scouting report is here (subscribers only). He’s ranked 9th. Acosta, who is represented by Rob Plummer, has one of the best bats in the Dominican Republic. Acosta, 16, has a short […]

A look back at “Major League”

Sports Illustrated has a lengthy interview with the minds behind “Major League,” one of the greatest sports comedies of all time in my humble opinion.  It’s probably worth a half hour of your time to skim through it.  Hopefully Bob Uecker is still kicking around when they finally decide to make a good sequel; Major […]

Mike Quade is an all-star

It’s true. Since Jim Riggleman called it quits, Mike Quade has replaced Riggleman as a coach for the NL All-Stars. The only question at this point is, what Cubs player is going to be forced into the All-Star game because of a silly rule? My money is on Sean Marshall.

Nick Jonas Takes BP At Wrigley – Why Not Sign Him?

According to Phil Rogers (and, I assume, everyone else who was there), Nick Jonas took batting practice with the Cubs prior to today’s makeup game against the Rockies. Phil says there are no plans to give the teeny-bopper heartthrob a shot at the everyday lineup, but I don’t understand why. Here’s the quote from Phil: […]

Joe Posnanski’s SI story on Jose Bautista

Joe Posnanski is, of course, a very good sportswriter, and his story for Sports Illustrated this coming issue is on Jose Bautista and whether you can believe that his feats can simply happen rather than be the result of some bionic enhancement.  I’d recommend reading if it you have about 20 minutes to kill.