Saturday, July 15

Slate Magazine on The Cubs

Alright, so I signed on to be a contributor for this blog back in its gestation phase, and as time has told, I rarely to never contribute anything, much less anything worth reading. Which leads me to two points:

1. Why do I have the highest number of profile views? The interweb continues to baffle me.

2. The Cubs Savior - Chicago Fans Wait for Their Messiah

The "Sports Nut" column dissects the 100 years of waiting for the one player who will take the Cubs all the way. Alternately titled (by me) as Meanwhile, Everyone Waited for Kerry Wood and Mark Prior To Get Healthy. The article also contains a nice link to this ESPN bit, which I'm sure you have already all been following - Foul Play: On the Trail of the Most Reclusive Man in Sports. Have fun, all. And as for my blogger profile...move along, folks. Nothing there to see.


At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

This just in: Cubs win, Zambrano walks on water and feeds household with single loaf of bread!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger JT said...

Zambrano also balanced my checkbook, took my cat to the vet's for some innoculations, did my taxes, cooked a superb beef bourguignonne and read bedtime stories to my three-year-old niece in Liverpool.

All that in the bottom of the 4th.

[Also, sorry for zero posts lately. I've been busy with my other website, and my computer just crashed and got sent away. Will pick up the slack. Promise.]

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Did anybody else think Z's infield hit and stolen base were hilarious? This guy really does want to carry the team. Since 2003, Z's been one of my favorite Cubs, and I' say over the past 4 years he has been my most consistent favorite. So glad we didn't trade him for Tejada. Z still thinks the team can win the wildcard. Gotta build this organization on our good young pitching, and I think that means Z, Marshall, Marmol and Prior. Slap some Guzman and MAYBE Rich Hill in there and we ought to be in good shape.

Think Theriot is being offered an audtion for starting 2B for the rest of the year? All reports indicate that Walker is on the trading block because of his contractual status.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger JT said...

I know we've argued about it time and time again, but Prior ain't gonna be the guy we need him to be. I just don't see it.

His arm is shot, he and Wood made something like 8 total starts this season, and I doubt that Prior's mechanics will ever change enough to keep him in baseball for a prolonged period of time.

But don't worry -- he has a future being made into an SportsCenter tribute piece by jerkoff Chris Connolly [who's always chasing tragedy and sports], complete with the heart-tugging music and soft lighting.

Marmol, yes.
Marshall, yes.
Zambrano, yes.

Pagan, hopefully.
Murton, please g-d let him play more.

Prior, no.

At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Prior's paycheck is still fairly low. You have to keep him. Who would you rather see pitching, Rusch? Prior's got as much upside as Marmol or Marshall, and his paycheck in unsubstantial to the Cubs.

At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Oh, and before the injury, I had heard some people declare that Prior had near-perfect mechanics.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

I agree, Prior's mechanics aren't his problem. I don't know much of anything these days so I'll leave it at that. I agree get wood outta there and let's sit on Prior for one more year and see what happens. The worst that could happen is he pitches as well only as Marshall or Marmol, as Lazlo said.

I hate the Cubs. I forgot they were on ESPN yesterday. I turned on the TV randomly and said "Oh, crap! The Cubs are on, I forgot! Mama mia!" It was the 6th inning and I had tooned in just in time to see the Mets hit a grand slam to erase our two-run lead and give them a 2-run lead. Then I got to see Novoa give up ANOTHER grand slam (to Beltran) to extend the Mets' lead to 6 runs. Then I got to see Novoa stay in the game and give up a 3rd-baseline double, followed by a 2-run homerun by David Wright to extend the lead to 8 runs!

I was so excited by all the action that I almost fell off my seat, and promptly turned the TV off in favor of laerning some new music in the other room.

Talk about time and energy much better spent.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Yeah, yesterday's game stank. We even took an early lead for once, but, alas, it was not to be. The Mets took full advantage of that wind, gently dropping all 3 of those 6th inning home runs into the edge of the basket, while Nevin crushed his onto the street and Marshall lined his out of the park. This was a lot of bad luck. The first Walker error was hard to even call an error, since he coralled it so quickly, Pierre almost made the next diving catch, Aramis almost turned two double plays, David Wright blooped a hit into right field, and then two soft flys later we were down by two grand slams. I don't entirely blame it on luck though. The second Walker error was a legitimate error, and Novoa pitched like, well, Novoa. I'm still waiting to see signs of any native intelligence from this guy. As soon as we find a trade parter for Williamson, Jim Hendry should try to package Novoa, just so Dusty can't put him into anymore games. I'd feel more comfortable calling up David Aardsma. Can't believe we traded off Wellemeyer, Van Buren, and a list of other young pitchers and then gave Novoa the spot in our bullpen.

ANYWAY, we go on to the Astros next, and with the Oswalt vs. Marmol and Clemens vs. Maddux matchups, I'm not necessarily feeling too optimistic about this one either. Let's hope the Cubs offense maintains some signs of life, and maybe that Lee gets back in the lineup.

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Quick note: Jermaine Van Buren just got called up by the Red Sox. Can anybody explain to me why we got rid of Van Buren but kept Novoa?

At 1:29 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I feel the need to say this for some reason. Here's why I think Marmol has a very bright future, and is probably ready for the big leagues - Upon watching the highlights of Marmol's six innings tonight, I saw six strikeouts. I saw guys swinging and missing mostly, but I also saw all three of Marmol's pitches for strike three - the 4-seam fastball, the sinking change, and the hook. All three of those pitches are out pitches. That's a real good start. If he can ever reduce the walks, you've got a very good pitcher.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Jim said...

PREDICTION: The talk on ESPN this fall will be about the collapse of the Mets. (They peeked too early.) And the constant question, "Can the Yankees ever make the playoffs with A-Rod?"

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

So we've got Walker and Theriot, but we're still starting Perez at second? ... right.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

As long as we are going with the youth movement, why are Matt Murton and Ryan Theriot sitting on the bench while Jacque Jones, Juan Pierre, and Neifi Perez start?

Oh, and where are you guys?

At 1:12 PM, Blogger JT said...

Hey Lazlo, I promise we're coming back. My computer is broken, and I can't really sit and rant [drunkenly] about the Cubs from the public library.

Last time I tried that, they kicked me out. Can't think why.

As for the others, they're all lazy fucks. Especially Hypo. What a chud.


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