What to watch for in Cubs spring training
Feb13

What to watch for in Cubs spring training

It’s officially less than a week until the start of spring training.  The Cubs will be christening their newly named, year-old ballpark by giving away game used urinal pucks to the first 14 fans who attend the first workout. If you get one, don’t be that guy, treasure it, don’t go for the quick buck on ebay. Sloan Field got its name when a toilet supply company paid big bucks to the Cubs, and its tempting to make a...

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Dempster’s full-page ad
Aug03

Dempster’s full-page ad

Predictably, on his way out to Texas (where he proved his value by allowing 8 earned runs in 4 1/3 IP last night), Ryan Dempster took the time to take out a full page ad in one of the local papers.  Much to the chagrin of Sun-Times hack Gordon Wittenmyer (who gets a four percent commission on any Cubs related farewell ads over 20 column inches in size), it was in the Tribune. Dempster thanks the fans, gave a tepid pitch for his...

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A Desipio oral history of the Ryan Dempster trade

Ryan Dempster, Cubs pitcher 2004-2012 I said all along that all I wanted to do was help the Cubs, and if I could help them by being traded to a contender for some supergreat prospects, then I was happy to do it.  Theo [Epstein, Cubs President of Baseball Operations] and the little guy who works for him [Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer] asked me to make a list of teams I’d be willing to waive my 10 and 5 no trade rights to go play...

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Are the Cubs better after the fire sale?

At and around the trade deadline the Cubs, wallowing in fifth place, traded away their best starting pitcher, their opening day shortstop, a second baseman, their All-Star first baseman and their manager retired because frankly, going home to a sick mother was a more attractive option than watching the team he was managing. And since then, the Cubs have gone 14-7 (.667) which is just a little bit better than the abysmal 51-74 (.408)...

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Let’s dump some of these losers

I have one of those lame Cubs fact a day calendars on my desk and every morning, I tear off another day, I read the fact or the trivia question and then I unsuccessfully try to slit my wrists with the little piece of paper I’ve torn off.  Today, the trivia answer was Claude Passeau, and the question, apparently was “Who pitched the last time the Cubs didn’t suck?” It’s July 12.  The Cubs are in fourth...

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