It’s a big jump to the playoffs for the Cubs…but they’ve done it before
Feb06

It’s a big jump to the playoffs for the Cubs…but they’ve done it before

Their odds to win the World Series are down to 12:1, The Sporting News picked them to win the World Series and even Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system predicts them to finish within a game of the second wild card spot in the National League. So what do we think realistic expectations for the 2015 Cubs should be? They took last year’s dogshit team and added rookies to right field, second base, third starting pitcher and...

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Terrible Cubs of Recent Vintage: 1997
Apr27

Terrible Cubs of Recent Vintage: 1997

The current edition of the Cubs is awful.  They’ve won six of their first 18, which is awful.  But the Cubs know awful better than anybody else. And so, here’s the start of a short series titled: Terrible Cubs of a Recent Vintage, a (fake) oral history of some of the shittiest Cubs teams in recent memory. No list of such teams would be complete without the infamous 1997 Cubs.  The team that started the season winless in...

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Not every video montage is inspiring
Feb13

Not every video montage is inspiring

Friday night I posted a really well-done video tribute to the 1989 Cubs put together by longtime (well, before he died) WGN-TV producer Arne Harris.  It used the song “Keeping the Dream Alive” by your favorite German pop band Munchener Freiheit and had a lot of archival black and white footage of non-lousy Cubs players, then the great moment in 1984 when Rick Sutcliffe struck out Joe Orsulak and Jim Frey inexplicably put...

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Why do players use PEDs?
Dec11

Why do players use PEDs?

One of the least surprising things is that baseball players are still using performance enhancing drugs.  What is surprising is that they are still getting caught.  The latest dummy to get caught is Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun.  He doesn’t look like a dummy.  He doesn’t seem to be a dummy.  (He also doesn’t look like a guy who should be hitting 30 homers a year, but I’m sure it’s just because he...

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Just how dumb do they think we are?

Since it shocked no one, and I got in plenty of cheap shots yesterday, I wasn’t going to write again about Mark McGwire’s half-assed admission that he used steroids during his playing days in Oakland and St. Louis. But given the Ari Fleischer-fueled spin machine (seriously, that’s who he hired) that keeps foisting miserable Tony LaRussa on us, I think we need to take a good look at McGwire’s performance last...

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