Rambling While Closing Wrigley for the Winter

It is time to batten down the hatches at Wrigley Field. There will not be baseball at Wrigley Field for a little over six months. And, as I have said quite often the past 60 days, it could not have come soon enough. It was an awful season, but the impending offseason brings with it the dawn of a new day and reborn hope, no matter how false or misleading that hope may be.

With this being the case, let’s all celebrate an all-too-early closing of Wrigley Field with some good ‘ole fashioned ramblings.

  • Matt Garza had a very solid second half of the season, and closed it out really nicely yesterday. Let’s hope that is sign of things to come in 2012.
  • Well, Wrigley is not really closing yet since the city of Chicago is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” with a public showing at Wrigley Field.
  • Yes, that is an awesome idea.
  • Also, please tell me that I am not the only one who feels horribly old when I read “25th Anniversary” for Ferris. Ouch.
  • Here we go sandwich pick for Aramis!! I mean, unless the Cubs plan to compete for the playoffs next year.
  • But then again, the NL Central should be pretty wide open next year. So, if they plan to compete, there will be a need for a lot of spending.
  • If the Cubs could win something like 85 games it could be interesting.
  • Also, who is available to play 3B next season? I just do not see a viable option in the Cubs organization for 2012 other than Ramirez.
  • And by saying viable, I mean someone who is ready right now. No one is. Now someone could shock us in March, but at this point, no one other than Ramirez can be counted on.
  • As ridiculous as it sounds, did any of us think the Cubs would go to the playoffs right after the 2006 season? No. So, no one really knows what can happen next year. Because next year is next year. And now, all we have to do is:
  • Wait ’til next year.
  • I saw that ESPN had Brett Jackson listed as the #3 fantasy rookie for next season or something like that. He should be ready next season. Unless BJax has a bad spring training, Marlon should not be the starting CF next season.
  • Is CJ Wilson really worth $100 million? I am not sure. It is hard to fathom that, it really is.
  • Am I the only one who still gets excited about the new season of sitcoms on network television because I really get the feeling that I am. And for you young folks, I mean the shows on NBC, ABC and CBS.
  • It is that time of year that I can fall for horrible new TV shows that will be cancelled before the first kickoff on Thanksgiving.
  • Starlin Castro is special. Very special. It is about time for me to let my guard down and realize that he might just be the real deal.
  • Now, he needs to spend the offseason working on his defense. As much as I enjoy him in the booth, tying Keith Moreland for a defensive record can never be a good thing.
  • I want to know all of your expectations on the timeline for hiring a new GM. This move must take place in the next four weeks. At most. At the very most.
  • The Cubs cannot wait until the end of the World Series. The new GM has to be in place and prepared to start as soon as the hot stove is fired up.
  • What are the Cubs going to do? Who is going to be making the decisions? What is going to happen?
  • As much as I prefer to have a winning team, losing teams normally have more eventful off seasons. Just like having a top-5 pick in the NFL trick.
  • So, with all that said, here is to having a horrible off-season after the 2012 campaign!

Let’s hear it. I know everyone has plenty to say. Let it fly, folks, and until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • jw

    Great fun Brian

    As much as this season was a bust it was not as bad as 2006…the minor league action was fun to follow and Hendry was fired!

    If they can resign Ramirez for 36 over 3 that would be a good deal for them 16 or more for three or more… adios.

    Neil ever find out why Z is not on the roster? Best case is they get someone to give them a few million back or get some single A prospects…although if you are Zambrano maybe you just take the money and wait it out in Venezuela in his  estate where he will be KIng Z…one thing for sure I never want to see him in again in white with blue pinstripes.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No, I cannot find anything official.

  • Griffnbell

    I really enjoyed getting hooked on this 
    ‘site” for the last two years. I am looking forward to the new GM hiring and hot stove baseball. It’s my favorite time of year, it’s the nerd in me. I hope we make some smart decisions and get young and fundamentally sound players. I don’t care if we spend hundreds of millions of dollars I just want to get younger and have a completely different attitude. I would love to get Sandberg and I assume we will have to settle for Beane which is not that bad. I would also like to get Mike Maddux as pitching coach. I’ve added a few more pieces to my xmas list and I’ve been a pretty good man this year so hopefully I will not get a big lump of coal named Qua!!

  • paulcatanese

    Garza, great place to start, build around him while he still has the fire within backed up by his talent. He will only get better and would have this year with proper defense and a relief core that could have done the job. So he’s the start of a good staff. It took a little bit to warm up to him but it came about pretty quickly, and I do think he is the real deal.

  • paulcatanese

    I’m sorry guys I do not see “Ferris Bueller” as a positive for Wrigley Field. Whats next, the circus? The fact that Wrigley has been named as a “shrine” in the baseball world along with Fenway is detrimental to have these non baseball events take place there. The musical groups that have come in do not belong there either, all they do is destroy the turf. Football over the years that the Bears played there did the same thing. Even though there has not been much there to prove that its a Baseball field, it is, and should be treated as such. All they need is a team on the field. Or, kick the Cubs out of there and use the park as an all event stadium, hold car and boat shows, along with food delights. Better yet, just put a good baseball team on the field and serve better hot dogs.

    • John G

      Oh come on Paul!! Are you saying that you wouldn’t participate in the Danka Schoen Sing Along?

      I wish I could be in Chicago on Oct 1 and see Ferris Bueller at Wrigley. It should be an awesome evening. Just hope the weather holds up.

      • paulcatanese

        That dang song came into vouge when I was in Germany in 1956 and have had to listen to it ever since.

        • paulcatanese

          And that was also when Presley came into the Army,and Wayne Newton came into focus, what awful music. If it isnt classical for me–forget it, just a Lawrence Welk fan I guess.

    • Chuck

      Paul.  a few years ago Jimmy Buffett not only did a concert in Wrirley Fiekd but he did do one in Fenway Park in Boston.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks Chuck, I needed that. Whats a “Jimmy Buffett”? a new place to eat?

      • paulcatanese

        Chuck, those kinds of answers are all I’m allowed to give, (I married a classical violin soloist from Chicago) so I’m limited.

  • John G

    The Cubs Convention should be sold out in January. It may the best one in years.

    • cubs1967

      sold out why???????

      ‘cuz the new owners pissed of Ryno??
      they have lowered payroll 2 yrs running and jacked up tix prices 2 yrs running??
      they fired JH 2 yrs too late??
      the new GM should be hired by oct 15th’; yet they haven’t interviewed anyone to date??
      ‘cuz the Ricketts think we should rebuild??……..103 yrs later–let’s rebuild
      /cuz attendance has gone down 3 yrs in a row??

      last year did not sell out; NOR will this year.

      whatever your on……….get off of it dude!!

    • Jay from sandwich

      As long as Qua is not there that is. If he is it may be the worst in years or even ever.

  • paulcatanese

    Aram,ah Aram,what to do with him. Well look at it this way, I have watched over 130 games this year and would say 98% of the third basemen that play against the Cubs have better gloves, better range and better arms, so what does that say? The value that Aram brings to the Cubs would be his bat, but then he only brings hs bat for the second half of the season, and the defense he puts out there does not change but remains the same,,,poor. And yet he is looking for an increase in salary, a long term contract, and to play when he wants to, which as he gets older will transform to a third of a season, at least defensivly, fewer value for more money, wow, thats some deal.

    • paulcatanese

      Just read where some Major League teams are banning energy drinks from the clubhouse, I would wager to say that the Cub clubhouse does not have that problem, at least not in Arams case, or he is a non caffene tea drinker as his energy level has never been his forte, as he has none.Now Byrd, thats a different story, he must really drinking that stuff, so much so that he cannot wait to swing the bat, as soon as possible.

  • John G

    “Moneyball” opens tomorrow. It should be a must-see for all Cub Fans. Possibly a look into the mind of the next GM.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree John, and again it could bring Brad and Angela for opening day, now thats someone I would like to see throw the first pitch from the mound, she could be lowered to the field by helicopter.

  • paulcatanese

    I’m going to throw this out once again even though a lot of people dis-agree. Move Castro to third base. Is that so hard to envision? He now is displaying the power that should be over there. His glove would be better there. He can concentrate on hitting there. Of course that would mean Aram would be gone. But I doubt that Castro would play half of a season over there. Those are all a plus.
    Ok, move Barney to short, he can handle it there as its his natural position, and being there would improve his bat as he would not have to worry about learning 2nd base.
    Move LeMahieu to second base (his natural position) and he would become better with a more permanent station.
    Now first base. If Pena leaves play LaHair there, and what do you lose, not the bat as LaHair will hit with as much power as Pena and fewer strikeouts and does not have to be platooned. His defense? He could not be worse than Adam Dunn, who the Cubs were thinking about last year.
    Pena stays? Ok, move LaHair to the outfield, he can not be worse than Berkman and will hit at least 1/2 of what Berkman has, and that still would be a productive year.
    So that takes care of the infield for next year, the rest still to be decided, one thing for sure Byrd should not be a starter, and Jackson should be brought up and not for just a cup of coffee, play him until he busts (which I dont think will happen) That leaves options for Campana, Soriono,Johnson and Colvin( the latter who very well not be in the picture).
    The pitching, well I leave that to the experts, that and catching. And I assume all want Qua to come back(Ha).

    • cubtex

      Sorry Paul…but I have to continue to disagree with you. As I have stated before…if and when it comes a time to move Castro to 3rd…there has to be a better option to dictate that move than Barney. Barney has really struggled the second half and imo is not an everyday player moving forward. When Baez is ready and he has shown to be a better shortstop defensively than Castro…that is the time to bring up the discussion…but not for Barney. Do you really like Castro,Barney and LeMahieu as an offensive unit from 3rd to 2nd? The Cubs are blessed with one of the best offensive shortstops in all of baseball right now in Castro! Why lose that now for Barney? Keep Castro at short and let Lemahieu and Barney battle it out for 2nd and add another power bat for 3rd this offseason. That is what I would do.

      • paulcatanese

        I was looking at my watch and waiting for your’e reply,I guess I will be pushing that move again and again, and the opportunity to do that is now with Aram about to leave. I would agree with you if there were better options at short and second, but the main object in my mind would be the move with Castro to solve a problem long term over at third and let second and short heal themselves, as I think they will. I do not think that Castro will ever improve drasticly at short but would be superb at third, at short he will continue to have 25-30 errors there. He is so quick at short he needs an above average second baseman to handle his type of play. I actually think he is handicapped at with his abundance of skills, right now he is light years ahead of anyone they put over at second if you can understand(Iknow you can,just making a general statement) and until they can find a magician to play second, Castro will continue to be frustrated at short. Heaven help the Cubs if they trade for a guy like Uggla, while I dont think they are in the mix for the likes of the Reds second baseman.

        • cubtex

          Ha! Here is a thought… How would you like to see Michael Young playing 3rd instead of ARAM for the next 2 years? Maybe they can send Soriano to Texas with plenty of cash to replace Young as a DH and Young can come here to play 3rd until Vitters is ready or another option. Michael Young is hitting .334 this year with 104 RBI’s. Wouldn’t that be a nice bat to plug in to replace ARAM? Young, Castro and LeMahieu/Barney sounds a lot better to me than the option you suggested.

          • paulcatanese

            Hmm, will give that some thought. And I think almost anyone beside’s Aram would be a good thing. Don’t see much of the American League, but will take you’re word for Young. And will still dream of the day that Castro ventures 20 feet to his right.

          • cubtex

            As Studio mentioned below…the Rangers will try to sign CJ Wilson and will cost them dearly. They would love to dump Young’s contract. If Cubs threw in a bunch of cash with Soriano and a mid level prospect…I am thinking it could be done. Young is a legit .300 hitter and a RBI machine.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Career year for Young. That means next year is less, and the next is even less than that….excellent timing if we did get him, don’t you think?

          • cubtex

            Not a career year. This guy has done it for years. Yes, he had a better year this year than last but he is a professional hitter. He would be just as good as ARAM was at 3rd(if not better) and check out these numbers..  .334  40 doubles  6 triples  104 RBI’s….and 203 Hits. If they can move Soriano back to Texas in this deal (with some cash and other parts) they can improve their defense in left and IF you take out Soriano and ARam from next years lineup….you need to replace their production and Young would be a good start. If they Rangers are to sign CJ Wilson…they would need to get rid of Young’s contract imo

          • John_CC

            I love M Young, he is a professional hitter, indeed. 

            He also has logged over 3,500 innings at 2B with a .987 fielding %.  Not great, no, but better than his .957 Fld% at 3B.

            Castro to 3B
            Barney/?? to SS
            Young to 2B
            Fielder /?? at 1B

            I’d take that infield. 

            I agree with Paul, let the 2B/SS situation work itself out. There are more option in FA and in the system.  There are very few options at 3B. Why wait for possibly Baez in 3 years to move Castro? 

          • paulcatanese

            Hey Hey, alright, give it to Cubtex, good choice John. 3b,3b,3b Castro.

          • cubtex

            lol

          • paulcatanese

            One vote at a time.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s nothing more than a utility player. 

        No power.
        No speed.
        Average to below average defense.

        Predictably, he’s very popular in Chicago.

        And we wonder why we haven’t won in 103+ years…..

  • studio179

    Good rambles. 

    * I agree on Wilson. I realize he is good and the starting pitching market is thin. What makes me nervous is his innings pitched since converting to the starting role. He is currently at 221 IP with a little more to go. 2010 he was at 204 IP, 2009 73.2 IP, 2008 46.1 IP, 2007 68.1, 2006 44.1 IP. Going from a reliever with 40-70 IP to a starter logging over 200 IP the last two years is a huge difference.

    I think the Rangers will resign him, although they are financially unstable. But They lost out on Lee last year and almost have to get Wilson back. Just a red flag and a close look is all I am saying before handing out a large payday. 

    * Hard to say when the new GM will be announced. One would think it has to happen before the organizational meetings. Ricketts has a short window to sign his new GM that will shape the organization’s future. He has to get it right.

    * Adding a ramble. Ramirez now says he can not wait, he knows he is gone and wants to win. Nice. In July, when rumors swirled about Ram going to a team to possibly win, he would not go. He wanted to be a Cubbie for life. 

    What happened for Ramirez is the gravy train ended in August after it was announced Hendry was released in July. It has nothing to do with winning. 

     

  • Jay from sandwich

    I hope the Rays get eliminated by the end of the year because I would like to have Fredmen as the next GM. I would settle for the White Sox ass Gm thou. The old sayig is if you can not bet them them Join them. In this case steel thier talent… The best Xmass present is naming Sandberg the Major Leagie manager for two reasons. One that means Qua is gone and the secound is he will by time with the fan base while the Cubs take a couple of years to rebuid. How about Sandberg saying that these Kids can play on TV?

    • Ripsnorter1

      I do not want Keeeeeeeeeeeenny on the North side. He’s Jim Qlueless!

      *Traded for Jake Peavy while injured. He was junk, and he gave up a lot more than he got.

      *Rios! What a joke!*Adam Dudd. His problems are 100% mental. He’s just another FA nutjob. The money ruined him. 

      *Mark Tehan. Man, was that a great deal for the Sox. NOT!

      And on and on the list goes. Trying to win a division with just six bats on the field while all the other teams play with nine.

      Juan Pierre. He shoulda been run outta town for that move alone.

      No, Keeeeeeenny is almost as bad as Jim Qlueless.

      • jfish1219

        Try reading that again, he was talking about Rick Hahn not Kenny Williams. ” I would settle for the White Sox ass Gm thou.”

  • Chuck

    What is the status of a new spring training stadium in AZ?  Here  in Fort Myers, Fenway South (over 50% completed) will be ready for spring training in 2012.  Maybe the Cubs need Theo Epstein from the BoSox for GM and revisit South Florida for spring training?  There is a fall instructional league that began last week here in Southwest FL.  Low A and lower rookie players from the Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Orioles, and Rays are involved.

    • cubtex

      No thanks to Theo!

  • Chuck

    For 2012, make Red Bull the new drink of the Chicago Cubs.  This team needs some energy.

  • paulcatanese

     Waiting for the Cardinals and the Cubs tommorow, I have mixed emotions. I would like nothing more than knocking the Cards out of the race. that may be a tall task.While wanting the rookies to play ( and I’m not so sure that wouldn’t be our best lineup) I would think that Qua will go with vets with the exception of LaHair somewhere in the mix.I hope Qua dosent mess this opportunity up to decimate the Cards hopes. If as before he chooses to pitch to Pujols, the outcome can be fairly obvious, as well as his decisions with the pitching staff.
    Of course if the Cards lose today it would make it that much easier for he Cubs, but it would take mentally correct moves to make that happen. I also wonder if Aram is going to play? After all Aram is a vet. but a vet that has expressed that he is about to leave, and how does anyone know Aram would give a 100% effort,he would be totally on his honor as a profesional. We will see.The kids are there,ready to play, Qua use youre head, a lot of things they can do that the vets cannot.I for one would not play Aram.

  • cc002600

    I have a question for all the faithful on here. I have been laid up last few days after knee surgery so I  watched all the games this week from start to finish. I know I’m in the minority here, because I have mentioned this before, but what is it that people like about Len Kaspar as an announcer ?  I just don’t get it.

    To me, next to Joe Buck, he has to be dullest, most boring bland, no-personality announcer I’ve ever listened to. I had such a hard time staying awake. There is just no passion, no excitement. Not only that, I get so tired of him making excuses for the players when they make mistakes, like we’re stupid or something. 

    Someone please enlighten me as to why you like this guy.  I just don’t get it.
    I guess I was spoiled listening to Harry for all those years.

    • paulcatanese

      I would agree with you. What bores me the most is all the interviews that take place over whats happening in the game. Then theres all the marketing, the whole game, and the individual records that keep popping up, I thought baseball was a team sport. Thats part of the problem with the Cubs, all individuals. I could care less how well this guy or that guy is doing, I dont need a lesson on how much they have done and more time should be spent on how the season has gone down the tubes. First it was only the 7th inning interview (completly away from the game) and lately more interviews during. I could go along with a replacement for him and a little more out of Brenly, who seems to have quieted down over the last several weeks. And they use plays for an advertisement, bull.

      • cc002600

        well, to be honest the 7th inning stretch doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I still like it because we get hear someone else for a 1/2 inning instead of “put-me-to-sleep” Lenny.

        I don’t know, but to me baseball is a slow game, so it sure helps to listen to announcers that are entertaining. You know, this is sports, its supposed to be fun. In the grand scheme of things, sports are NOT that important, its supposed to be fun.  My gosh, is there something wrong with that ? 

        That’s why I loved Ronnie and Pat so much…..they were fun.   Pat is a great announcer and I like Keith too, but to me Kaspar is a snooze.  I just don’t get it, because once again, I see that other than you, nobody else agrees. Oh well.

    • John_CC

      Are you sure it wasn’t just the Percocets putting you to sleep?

      Kidding, I actually agree with you. I don’t watch a lot of games, but when I do I don’t care for Len either. I mean, he isn’t bad like Joe Buck, but he is not interesting at all either.  One thing that I do really dislike is his Home Run call.  It really annoys me….aaaaaaa GONE!

      • Calicub

        I like Bob and the two of them have good chemistry at times but i agree Len just isn’t interesting enough to listen to…

      • cc002600

        Totally agree.
        and actually, it was vicadin
        ha-ha

        • paulcatanese

          I forgot to ask you, how do you like being wrapped from upper thigh to ankle? Want to race? Seriously I hope it went well, not fun at all.

          • cc002600

            it sucks !!!
            LOL
            thanks, it went well.

          • paulcatanese

            One reason I know, the son while playing football had his knee done but had to have it re done 11 months later Doc didnt clean the other side. And that was a pro team doctor who did it. Grandson had his done after the Hawaii game couple of years back drafted by Jets took a year to rehab and was the last cut, just didnt come all the way back.

          • cc002600

            ouch.
            My surgery was for meniscus tear.
            What was your son’s ?  was it ligament ? (ACL, MCL)

          • paulcatanese

            It was ACL grandson also, Son Quarterback, grandson strong saftey.

    • Jay from sandwich

      He is ok not great but he is better than Keith Moreland.
      I know it is tuff we have to good to real good people in (Hughes and Brenly) with two average people. Hughes I beleive should be a hall a famer some day what do you think?

      • John_CC

        Absolutely.  Pat Hughes is one of the best. I am not crazy about Moreland, he’ll get better.

        • cc002600

          I liked Ronnie better too .
          (not that he was a good announcer or anything but just his character and personality. How could you not love the guy ?)

          But I think Moreland will be pretty good, too.  I was very happy they chose him over Otto….he’s another bore.

      • cc002600

        Oh yes, I love Pat.  He’s awesome.

        and I like Brenly, too.

        I just find Kaspar so dull. 
        He is as entertaining as a doorknob.

        no pizzazz, no personality.
        zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        and thank you for responding (and John_CC too) , I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought he was a bore. 
        :-)

  • John_CC

    “There’s no doubt Aramis will be one of the top free agents to hit the
    market in November, and we’ll be looking for a three- or four-year
    deal” Kinzer said.

    “I think I can do it,” Ramirez said. “I think I can play three more years. We’ll look at my situation and see what happens.”

    Hmmm…maybe Aramis and his agent should get on the same page.  That is the Aramis we all know now, “…I think I can play three more years…” not “I feel great, I have 3 years left, no doubt” 

    Whatever.  3 or 4 years!? They are on drugs, good ones. Can you imagine Aramis at 37 years old?  He isn’t close to as athletic as Soriano and look at him. No thanks.

    Adios, Aramis.

    • cc002600

      there’s no way I would give ARAM 3 or 4 years, but why not 2 ?

      There is no one out there to replace him, and we have nothing in minors (vitters is not ready)……are you willing to watch a full year of a Dewitt / Baker platoon ?  please, no. that would be sooo bad.

      Next year’s team would make this year’s team look like the ’27 yanks. who’s you cleanup hitter ? Soto ? yikes.

      All I’m saying is be careful what you wish for.
       

      • GaryLeeT

        I have no problem wishing for it. How about in 06 when Lee went down? The team really needed him to pick up the slack, and he just disappeared under the weight of responsibility. How about the first 2 months of the last 2 seasons? He was paid to be a star, but went limp, like a comb on one of his prized fighting cocks.

        • cc002600

          well, ok.
          I hear ya…..than what is your solution ?   Dewitt ? baker ? DJ ?

          you still cannot deny that ARAM is still one of the best 3B in the league…..by a mile.

    • paulcatanese

      All good articles John,thanks enjoyed them.And Aram is already thinking of ways to get on the DL.

    • GaryLeeT

      The only time Ramirez ever scored from 2nd base on a single to the outfield, was if there were 2 outs. His lack of speed cost the team many runs. Good bye, and good riddance.

      • paulcatanese

        Thats true Gary, I cant count the times he just trotted to third on an outfield hit, he was a station to station guy, except when he wanted a double.

  • John_CC

    This is a promising column from Levine. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/

    • Calicub

      good.  Is that supposed to be a threat? Big vets walking away would be the greatest thing to happen to this team!

      -Soriano agrees to contract renegotiation or the cubs kick out a ton of cash but if he’s aching to get out of town he could agree to renegotiation to make him more trade-able. 

      -Z Aramis Dempster follow Ozzie down to Miami

      -Byrd takes a hike

      what about this sounds bad?  That would give the cubs so much cash to kick around

      • Calicub

        some how over all that i didn’t think of Pena but if the cubs dump Soriano LaHair could play left and keep Pena but not for more than a year…

        not gonna happen. Any of it i’m sure

      • studio179

        Just so you know, Dempster has a player option for 2012 and he has indicated he is coming back to the Cubs. I know he is inconsistent and not  a top of the rotation guy, but the Cubs are already going to need to look for starting pitching with Dempster in the rotation. He frustrates me as well. He might as well pitch out his contract for the Cubs that ends after next year. Just my thought. 

        • cubtex

          Agreed. Dempster is not going anywhere next year.

        • Calicub

          Yeah but we’re all entitled to have bleacher report like fantasies can’t we?

          I actually don’t mind Dempster and no way he’s going anywhere but you never know. If sensationslism prevails as it so rarely does, and the big name vets so to speak walk it would be a mighty fun offseason… ontop of what its already gonna be!

    • The Maven

      Sounds to me like Levine is losing some of his cronies and is sniffing around for new contacts.

  • John_CC

    Lex “Q-Ball” Luther expects to be back next year.

    O, and he thinks he’s done… a good …  job!  I can barely type that I’m laughing so hard.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7000916/chicago-cubs-manager-mike-quade-believes-return-2012

  • Chuck

    Maybe Kasper needs to dink some Red Bull before the game?