Dempster exercises option to stay with Cubs

Not too surprisingly, Ryan Dempster has elected to stay with the Cubs. He’ll earn $14 million next year in what should be a bounce back season. Many of his stats this year were in line with what he’d done in the past. He’s older so he’sn ot getting any better, but there’s still a very […]

World Series: 1975 Game 6 vs 2011 Game 6

Chris Jaffe came up with a scoring system to evaluate how exciting World Series games are. It’s extensive, but simple and very easy to understand. You can read about it here. Yesterday he compared Thursday night’s Game 6 to 1975 Game 6 (Fisk home run) and Thursday’s game came out on top. He also compared […]

Phil Rogers has been drinking again

This is just a bizarre column. Ricketts’ hiring of Epstein directly affects three other franchises, and that doesn’t count the White Sox or anyone else who lost Gonzalez to the Red Sox in the trade last December. What the hell? Should we include all the teams that bid on Carl Crawford last year, but didn’t […]

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 […]