Rambling With This Newfound Feeling Called Believing

After being reported for two weeks, Theo Epstein was officially named the Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations.

That was one of the most enjoyable sentences I have ever typed.

As he has said multiple times, and as most fans know, it is an uphill battle and a long road and every other cliché or analogy you want use about it taking some time to rebuild. However, there might not be a better person in this world for the challenge than Theo.

He will have plenty of leeway and brings with him more equity than almost anyone else.

So, with all that, let’s do some fun and positive rambling. This will be a nice change of pace!

  • I live less than a mile from that freaking Starbucks. Apparently I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • You will see many references to the “Blues Brothers” in the next three or four hundred words.
  • Okay, Ricketts-haters. Time to man up and admit your faults. You were all wrong. You doubted. You hated him for not making rash decisions and moves.
  • And Theo comes in and basically says you cannot make rash moves and decisions.
  • So, if you said Ricketts was awful and that he was driving this franchise into the ground, what do you say now?
  • I am not right that often, but I was right about him. I knew he cared. And after what he has done, arguably building the best front office in baseball, it is more than obvious he cares now.
  • Theo is getting the band back together.
  • Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.
  • Johnson and Schilling and rain God willing.
  • And my new one, along with a big jinx …
  • Theo and Jed and the curse is dead!
  • We’re 90 miles from Chicago, we have a half-full farm system, a full packet of overpaid veterans, it’s dark, and we are wearing sunglasses … for day baseball.
  • HIT IT!
  • I heard Epstein is going to see Quade in Florida. If you are going to fire a guy, you do not make him come to you. You go to them.
  • They are going to be on a mission. A mission from Theo.
  • I am interested to see what the Cubs give up in terms of compensation. All signs point to Vitters at this point.
  • Apparently a lot of the ladies think Theo is “hawt.” I always took it as a compliment when people said I reminded them of him.
  • I really enjoyed how the media were having Theo pose for pictures like he is some sort of supermodel. Posing on the brick pavers … posing in the outfield …
  • On second thought, it was more likely the Cubs organization that instigated the posing, but it was still comical.
  • Did anyone else thoroughly enjoy watching the Cardinals drop multiple pop-ups last night? Great stuff.
  • Many have said it, but it was so much fun to listen to Theo say “October baseball” about a zillion times.
  • I liked how he talked about sustainability and not just making it once and then disappearing for many seasons. As a Cubs fan, I wasn’t really aware that MLB allowed teams to be good for multiple seasons.
  • It is an interesting concept that I am still trying to grasp.
  • However, I will know it when I see, and I think I can speak for all of us on this one …
  • I CANNOT WAIT to see it!

That is it for your Friday ramblings. It has been a few weeks so it is good to get one out there. Let’s hear everyone thoughts. Here’s to a great day of conversation on the CCO.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • Anonymous47701

    Speaking of The Blues Brothers; Do you think Theo, Jed & Mac came here “On A Mission From God?”

    • Ryan7

      REALLY MAN, A MISSION FROM GOD. PEOPLE SOUND DUMB AND LOSE CREDITABLE WHEN TALKING CHILDISH LIKE THAT. HOW OLD ARE U ANYWAYS, 15

      • Anonymous47701

        You’ve Probably Never Watched The Blues Brothers. It was just a figure of speech, by no means to be taken in any literal way.

        • Tony_Hall

          Jake: First you traded the Cadillac in for a microphone. Then you lied to me about the band. And now you’re gonna put me right back in the joint! 
          Elwood: They’re not gonna catch us. We’re on a mission from God. 

      • Tony_Hall

        I would say that since he knew the Blues Brothers quote and you didn’t, I really doubt he is that young, and makes me wonder how young you are now.

      • PleaseStopLosing

        Ryan has proven himself to be a moron… Dont attack someone when you have no CLUE what you are talking about. Especially in all CAPS. Really???

        • Calicub

          Seriously read everypost before you comment.

          When yiu write in all CAPS that just makes me not want to read whatever idiotic thing you have to say

        • Ryan7

          No I’m not a moron. I don’t care if its from the blues brothers or not its just dumb to ask a question like that

          • Anonymous47701

            I’m sorry you feel that way Ryan, but maybe you just don’t understand what we are talking about. Nobody wants to ask silly questions, push buttons or criticize. We’re all entitled to our opinion about one person’s comment, even you, but I think you were out of line to ask me how old I was and I simply do not appreciate that.

          • Tony_Hall

            He started his post with “Speaking of the Blue Brothers…”  You just didn’t get it, and thought he was being literal…It wasn’t a question…that’s the part you don’t get, it continued the Blues Brothers theme, Brian started, and he did it very well.

  • Toddcizek

     saw an article in ESPN mag about the rise of Boston.  Great article analyzing the scouting of players specifically that of Pappelbon, Ellsberry and Pedroia. Key statement of Eipstein was that it is an overall evaluation and not just one opinion. Love it he values the people under him very much and he listed a process they go thru in having an initial evaluation and then sending other scouts to follow up and even himself being there to evaluate players.  Such an extensive evaluation process means they have a strong chance to build a strong farm system quickly.  Love all the hirings is what I’m saying. Next year may be pipe dream but I love the way we are headed.

  • Ryan7

    Theo and her and the curse is dead. That is awsome. I don’t think Mr. Cub himself could have come up with one better than that one.

    Must say, rumbling is one of my favorite things to read. I love Fridays more and more.

    This website is my favorite for cubs talk and rumors. I don’t know how you keep up with everything and I would say 95% of what is rumored here turns out right. It may be higher than 95% at that.

    I also have been hating the haters of the rickettes. I keep saying that he need the time to get ride of the large crappy contracts. I was telling everyone to look at what he did with player development and in the short time that he has been the owners. All he needed was time.

    But everyone keep saying he has had time. NO THE RICKETTES DIDN’T NOT AT THAT TIME.

    BUT THEY NOW HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO MOVE FORWARD.

    • Ryan7

      THEO AND JED NOT HER SORRY, DAMN SPELL CHECK CRAP ON THE PHONE.

  • Dorasaga

    I know what I wrote about the Ricketts here: They need to be respectable (and make some money on the long-term).

    The firing of J. Hendry was the right move. But that’s not there, yet. The hiring of Theo E., given his necessary authority, was the right move. That completes my meaning of respectable: Bring in a winning tradition to Chicago. End of rambling.

  • Tony Spumoni

    Three orange whips!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
  • Tony_Hall

    Jake: Here’s the plan: we put the band back together, do some gigs, earn some bread, bang! We’ll have 5,000 bucks in no time. 

    Elwood: Well, getting the band back together might not that be all that easy, Jake. 

    Jake: What are you talking about? Elwood: They split. They all took straight jobs. 

    Jake: Yeah, so you know where they are. 

    Elwood: I do? 

    Jake: Yeah. You told me that you were keeping in touch with them. 

    Elwood: Well… I got a couple of leads and a few phone numbers but… how many of them visited or even wrote to you? 

    Jake: Elwood, they aren’t the type of guys who write letters or come to visit. You were outside, I was inside. You were supposed to keep in touch with the band. I kept asking you if we were gonna play again. 

    Elwood: What was I gonna do? Take away your only hope? Take away the very thing that kept you going in there? I took the liberty of bullshitting you. 

    Jake: You lied to me. 

    Elwood: Wasn’t lies, it was just… bullshit.

    • Tony_Hall

      For anyone wanting to find the negatives in what IS happening with our favorite team at Clark and Addison…

      Don’t take away our new found hope.

      The band is getting back together and they are on a mission from God!

    • Anonymous47701

      Not Bad on the Lines there, Tony.

  • Tony_Hall

    Brian – It is amazing how much more enjoyable, reading your ramblings are today…there is hope again.

  • Tony_Hall

    Jake: How are you gonna get the band back together, Mr. Hot Rodder? Those cops have your name, your address…

    Elwood: They don’t have my address. I falsified my renewal. I put down 1060 West Addison. 

    Jake: 1060 West Addison? That’s Wrigley Field.

    • Anonymous47701

      In the Extended Edition you’d hear Mr. Lead Foot, Mr. Hot Rodder, Mr. Motorhead.

  • John G

    Reverend Cleophus James: And now, people… And now, people… When I woke up this mornin’, I heard a distubin’ sound. I said When I woke up this mornin’, I heard a disturbin’ sound! What I heard was the jingle-jangle of a thousand lost souls! I’m talkin’ ’bout the souls of mortal men and women, departed from this life. Wait a minute! Those lost angry souls roamin’ unseen on the earth, seekin’ to find life they’ll not find, because it’s too late! Tooooo late, yeah! Too late for they’ll never see again the life they choose not to follow. Alright! Alright! Don’t be lost when your time comes! For the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night!

    He was talking about Cubs Fans!!

  • John G

    Love all the Blues Bros quotes this morning. But how many watched that game last night? That has to go down as one of the all time classics. And did you see the article this morning about the guy that got the ball? There was a great picture of him standing in the Cards clubhouse giving the ball to Freese with his buddy next to him wearing a Cubs shirt. Priceless.

    • Dorasaga

      I concur. F****** World Series, which I meant, Great Game. Too bad it’s not the Cubs playing there.

  • cc002600

    What an incredible game last night in the world series.
    It was one for the ages.

    This game will be talked about for years, no different than the Fisk Homer in 1975, Buckner’s error in 1986, etc

    • diehardcubfan

      There wasn’t anything good about it because our arch rival the Cardinals did not lose.  It will make me sick if they beat the Rangers.

      • cc002600

        Oh, Please.

        Do you like Baseball ?  Jeez

        Those kind of games make being a baseball fan worth it.  The kind that you never forget.

        If you can’t be excited watching that game, than you need to pick another sport.

        • diehardcubfan

          Number one I have probably been watching baseball longer than you have been alive.  Number two my second favorite team is the Rangers given I live in Texas so don’t need your opinion on what sport I need to watch.

          • Tony_Hall

            Well if you are a Ranger fan, then I’m sure it was awful.  But as a baseball fan, that was one of the best games ever. 

            Bottom line, if you weren’t a fan of either team last night, and didn’t like that game, you aren’t a fan of baseball.  

  • Aaron

    Brian,

    Great post….couple things:

    -If you look like Theo, you should try to get in the baseball operations offices, and start releasing veteran players…and fire Quade. Once you do, it’d be hilarious, especially if the Cubs then cannot locate him for the start of next season, as he’s out on a skiff somewhere fishing.

    -I eat crow on Ricketts….fully own up to that one

    -If it’s Vitters, that’s a HUGE price to pay. I realize he’s only at AA, but guys that make that much contact are rare. And the guy just doesn’t strike out that much. It’s like he’s Vlad Guerrero, but with less K’s

    -It was fun watching the Cards drop flies…..until they won

  • Aaron

    ….also, for those that think the Rangers can still win, can absolutely forget about it.

    I want the Rangers to win as much as any Cubs fan, just to stick it to the Cards, and I’ll eat a healthy helping of crow too if it happens….but folks need to keep history in mind.

    A lot of teams get hot at the end of the year, that absolutely do NOT belong in the playoffs (such as the Rockies a few years back, and the Rays and Cards this year). The difference is, the Cards got all the way to the World Series (I also realize the Rockies did too, but they got swept…this is different, the Cards have managed to tie it up 3-3, forcing a game 7 showdown).

    Also, the Cards have their ace going tomorrow in Carpenter, and the Rangers used their “wild card” last night in Holland, that could’ve been in line for a game 7 start with the series pushed back from the rain.

    It was amazing the confidence shown by LaRussa, and the panic shown by Washington in their pen management. While it was a “must-win” game for the Cards, and most teams would’ve thrown everything at the other team but their #4 starter that they need for game 7…provided they even make it…LaRussa didn’t even get Carpenter up, while Washington wasted almost his entire pen, plus Holland and even had CJ Wilson up. The announcers were saying how Feldman was their best option at the time, and Washington takes him out, and throws in Lowe, who they said was awful….and he refuses to give up on Ogando, and Feliz, who I swear must be throwing games on purpose with their crappy pitching…..

    LOL….it’s nice to know some other teams have Quade-esque or Dusty-esque managers.

    But the most painful thing about watching the Rangers this year, is thinking back to the Cubs in 2003. The Cubs were 5 outs away from tasting the World Series, and because they got hot late, I wouldn’t have put it past them to win the damn thing….just like the Cardinals will. Now, the Rangers must be feeling deflated, especially with Napoli and Cruz likely out for game 7, their pen being tired, and the emotions from a rollercoaster game like that, while the Cards are CLEARLY in the driver’s seat.

    After Hamilton’s home run, I turned to my wife, and said, “if the Rangers win this thing, you’ll be hearing about the Hamilton bomb in baseball lore, just like everyone hears about the Gibson home run.”

    It’s a shame that his home run will be forgotten now, because it was quite the feat, being hobbled like he was by the groin injury, just like Gibson was practically playing on one leg as well.

    • Tony_Hall

      Tonight’s game will be all about, who can overcome what just happened.

      For the Cardinals, the win last night was better (emotionally) than winning the World Series.  The emotion they went through, was a high of all highs. If they can have this carry over to tonight, they will win.  As far as Carpenter going on 3 days rest, this is usually ends up with bad results.

      For the Rangers, they need to pick them selves back up and forget that they were 1 strike away, twice, from celebrating. That if Cruz realizes he is not to the wall yet and keeps going all out, they could be celebrating, I could go and on.  IF they can come out and put that behind them, they can still win.

      Bottom line, I expect the game to be all but over by the 4th/5th inning, as one team will not be able to handle their circumstances that they are in now.  But, I would love to watch another game like last night, one of the greatest games I have ever seen.  

      • John_CC

        That was a completely catchable ball.  Terrible misplay.  If Cruz makes that catch I don’t think anyone would even say it was a great catch.  I mean it wasn’t routine, but it wasn’t going to be a highlight reel either.  Ugh.  I hate the Cardinals more than ever.

        • John_CC

          And I bet Cruz takes Carp deep tonight. 

          • Tony_Hall

            If he plays – I believe he pulled a groin muscle on that play.

            Holliday is not starting tonight…Napoli should be so sore it’s not even funny.  

            I haven’t looked this forward to watching a non-Cubs game in a long, long time.  

            Can’t wait.

            Go Rangers!

  • Gramps

    Some thoughts about last night’s game:

    I hate the Cardinals, absolutely hate them but I have to give them credit. They just refused to lose that game. Who would have thought with Descalso, Jay and the pitcher coming up (who they could not pinch hit for), down by 2 runs, that they could come back and tie the game again?

    I am an old-timer who remembers when the World Series was played by the winners of each league with no playoffs involved. It still is crazy to me that a team like the Phillies win 102 games, finish first in the National League in wins and get bounced by a team who won 90 games. That is a huge difference! I guess it just goes to prove that any team has a chance if they can just get to the playoffs. I have to agree that playoff baseball is very exciting and it gives teams hope that they can get hot at the end of the year, get to the playoffs, and possibly win the World Series.

    I am still hoping the Rangers can come back and whip the Cardinals tonight, but the momentum has swung to the Cardinals and they should be tough to beat tonight.

    • carmelo

      Momentum in baseball goes as far as the next starting pitcher—in other words, there is no momentum.

  • Anthony

    “For Wilken, who has another year left on his contract, the promises of the new regime play right into his strengths, and suggest a chance to build off last year’s franchise-record $20 million amateur-signing commitment and to more quickly restock a system that could be down seven or eight prospects in a one-year span once player-compensation is resolved with the Padres and Red Sox (and after last January’s Matt Garza trade from Tampa Bay).”

    quote from SunTimes…….so after 4 for Garza, then 3-4 more for the Suits.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/8457616-573/cubs-incumbent-scouting-director-tim-wilken-is-a-happy-camper.html

  • Anthony

    From a Fan standpoint, what Freese did yesterday was something every baseball kid dreams of. Freese was 23 years old in his first pro season between SA and A in the NWL/MWL, then spent the better part of 5 years in the minors until getting his shot at age 28 after posting a career minor league line of .307/.384/.531 with 68 HR’s

    He is a good example of not labeling who is and isn’t a prospect based on age and what level they are at in their respective systems. Players who grind with passion for the game are sometimes labeled AAAA players, which is unfair.

    Lahair has been grinding in the minors since age 20, he is now 28 with a career minor line of .295/.362/.503 with 159 HR’s

    He deserves a shot also, and if the Cubs can’t make room, trade him to someone who needs a power guy.

    In Lahair’s first 2 seasons, he hit a HR every 55 at bats(14 of his 159)

    The balance of his minor league career, one HR for every 20 at bats.

    Point is, don’t evaluate a prospect with insufficient data/stats as the small sample size goes against every statistical analysis’ invented. Kids are injected into the system based on tools to see how they develop and translate to the game of baseball. Not always right to do amateur judging and evaluations on player age versus level of minor league baseball. There is more to it than that with many variables that stall players not based on production.

    • JimBo_C

      During his late season callup, his approach at the plate was impressive. Working counts and striking the ball with authority. He was as good as any LH hitter on the major league team (which speaks to the talent on the parent squad). I also thought he was servicable (e.g. better than Soriano) in the corner OF spots. I really like this guy and I hope they keep him. Also hoping they simply eat Soriano’s salary and pay Lahair 1/36th of the amount of money with the same or better production.

      The link to his minor league stats follows if anyone is interested:
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lahair001bry

  • paulcatanese

    I know I.m going to get flack here, but I have to know. Why all the animosity towards the Cardinals? Is it because they have a team that can get it done,or is it because we all root for a team that cannot?
     
    It’s not the Cardinals fault that the Cubs are “lovable losers” and cant get over the hump to the Series. They are a National Leauge team and I support them in the Series.
     
    Yes, during the season I am as everyone else, I hope they lose, because it benefits the Cubs in the Central.
     
    The key here is improve the Cubs to the point that they are ahead in the Central,
    and into the playoffs, that is where the hope should go.
     
    For the first time in many years, I have the feeling that they may  be able to do just that. Theo and his crew have the best opportunity to bring that about. The bufoons are soon to be gone and a solid base to a winning tradition is about to take place.
     
    Maybe not in 2012 or 2013,but soon, and that is when the other teams will “hate” the Cubs.

    • JimBo_C

      Paul,
      Let’s address your question with statistical analysis. I know 33 St. Louis Cardinal fans. 32 of these fans are arrogant jerks. Therefore we have a 97% arrogant-jerk ratio to the total population. Based on this analysis I plan on sticking with my position on NEVER rooting for them.

      Let’s hope the new “Cubs Way” is better then the “Stinkin’ Cardinals Way”.

      • paulcatanese

        JimBo, I love your’e analysis,great post.

      • cc002600

        LOL.

        I know what you mean.  I know some Cardinal fans too. Yes, there will be hell to pay for this, I know what you are saying.

        But either way, it was VERY exciting to watch.
        As a baseball fan, I loved it.

      • paulcatanese

        Just one other comment JimBo, I was born about 12 blocks north of Comiskey Park, and grew up at 3500 W 111 th st. Know where that is? Smack dab in the middle of White Sox country, talk about the population, maybe one Cub fan every thousand people. Never cared for the White Sox unless they lost.

        But as a baseball fan I enjoyed going there for night games and watching players perform, not just teams. Saw Dimmagio, Henrich, Rizzuto, then Mantle. Red Sox, Williams, Piersall, White Sox, Aparicio, Nellie Fox,Billie Peirce. As a young player myself I learned from watching them. I didnt root for them (either one) but enjoyed the players and how they performed.

        And at Wrigley I wanted the Cubs to win, but enjoyed Musial,Robin Roberts,Richie Ashburn, Hack,Cavaretta,Emil Verban and too many others to mention. (Modern players goes without saying) Banks, Santo, etc.

        And thats why I dont hate the Cardinals in the World Series. It was tough all my young life being a Cub fan but that gives me all the more fortitude to have hope now for the future of this team and the new leadership they have.

        And I do apologize to the Ricketts for the many negative comments I posted, should have been more patient.

        • EqDoc

          Wow!  I wish I could borrow your memories just for a few minutes to know what it was like to see all of them play…

          • paulcatanese

            I know Gramps has had the same experience as I and those are days neither of us will forget. There were many to this day that I can close my eyes and visualize what happened. The big advantage was the days of poor attendence and choice seats and one could actually hear what went on at the field level. Batting practice, you could hear the echo of the bat on the ball very clearly. Wonderful time of my life.

        • Tony Spumoni

          With the exception of the South Side origins (I was born and raised on the North Side), I echo your sentiments exactly.  
          Great post, Paul.

          • paulcatanese

            Sorry Tony, couldnt help where I came out. :)

    • Bobby P

      I think I share your view here. It’s hard to really feel that strongly about the rivalry when you can see how much the Cardinals enjoy coming to Wrigley Field because they know they’ll come away with 2-3 wins every time.

      Compare it to Cards-Brewers or Cards-Reds. Those games get heated! That’s probably because all three have been competing for the NL Central crown the last 2-3 years. They also have high-profile players, and we no longer do. Aramis is not a star like Pujols, Fielder, Braun, Votto.

      I just think the rivalry has died down considerably and I hardly care about it anymore. Of course, it can all change if things start to turn around.

      Winning changes everything…

    • John G

      No flack from me Paul. I have found myself going back and forth either hoping the Cards or the Rangers win. Right now I am hoping for another great game. I highly doubt that we’ll have one like last night though. I agree with Tony. One of these teams is going to rise up tonight and I suspect the final score will not be close. Which one it is? Who knows? If I were to guess, I would say the Cards, but you never know because both teams have a tired bullpen right now and the key is going to be which pen prevails. It’s gonna be a good game.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks John, about tonights game, after last night (one of the greatest I have ever seen) this one will depend on the bullpen. I think the Rangers are superior here, then again they were roughed up pretty good so I just dont know. Just hope its a good game, and entertaining, one half of last night and I will be happy. By the way, I think Berkman is about to lose his citizenship to Texas if he keeps it up.

    • jw

      Big contrast with the way the Cards and Rangers battle and the pathetic performances of the Cubs in recent playoff appearances…we can only hope Theo and company will get the Cubs the right culture and talent to actually compete in a playoff environment. …by the way… why would you violently tear off the jersey of the guy who just bailed you out, he could have been hurt in that bizarre melee…Pujols was acting like he doing a Zambrano impression ripping apart Freese’s jersey…with his strength not sure I’d want to hit any more game winning homers, especially in game 7.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree with you, I had a tough time watching that. Its a good thing the jersey ripped otherwise Freese would be missing an arm. A lot of Pujols action (I feel) came from him being shut down after the three home run game. And what was particularly noticeable was Pujols “home run trot” and the ball never reached the warning track. I know he is a tremendous player, but after watching him some 14-15 games in a row, there are a lot of things he does not do for the TEAM but for himself. I think he will stay with the Cardinals for less money, its easier for him.

  • Jay from sandwich

    Wow if we end up paying a top ten or even a top 25 prospect for Theo then we got rapped. Look what we gave up for Mcfailler a lot less then that. I still say give them Baker and say a AAA player / rule five player that is expendable or even a SS or secoundbase but not Login (which is to much to ive up in my opion). Remeber we already gave them 5 milllion to pay of Theo bonus own by the redsoz that should count for something.

    • Tony_Hall

      We didn’t give anyone $5M to pay off a bonus Theo had coming, if they didn’t extend him, we gave him the same clause in his contract.  In 5 years, if we don’t extend him, it kicks in.

      So you think the difference between Jim Hendry’s moves and Theos isn’t worth more than Jeff Baker and a player that is expendable?  JH screwed up more moves than that every month, and this is a one time payment.

      I hope that you see that, whether Theo helps bring a Championship or not, there is a huge difference in how we will operate, versus any other time in our or any other Chicago teams history.  How many of these other guys, we supposedly could have hired, would have been able to bring other top notch guys like Hoyer and Mcleod along.  

      None.  

      The band is getting back together and they are on a mission from God!  

      • Jay from sandwich

        You can tack waiting an extra two years or more for the top 3G is the 2011 first round ss of the cubs. That two years if he go fast as Jackson and or Castro it is more likely four years for a real third basemen

        • Tony_Hall

          Don’t get what you are saying at all.

  • Jay from sandwich

    Ok here is the question of the day who will get caned or release/traded first Qua or Big Z?

    • paulcatanese

      Maybe both at the same time?

    • Bobby P

      Easy to fire Q, hard to deal Z…

  • http://www.facebook.com/swifty84 Steve Swift

    Good for more than one year in a row.?.?  Teaching minor leaguers the proper way play the game from the ground up?  Getting players that match the philosophy you are trying to teach.?.?  Pinch ME!!! I must be dreaming… Hitters that know how to bunt, hit behind runners when the situation calls for it  defenders hitting cut-off men, throwing to the right base and being where they need to be and when the need be there..  OMG… A professional organization with the purpose of winning not the bottom line..  Win and the bottom line takes care of itself..  We have a new THEOlogy…

  • cc002600

    Ok,everyone out there that will have to listen to Cardinal fans give you hell.  I have some ammunition for you.  I did not notice this last night while watching the game.  And this REALLY shocks me to hear this.

    Check it out.

    http://espn.go.com/videohub/video/clip?id=7160582&categoryid=2378529

    God knows, this would NEVER EVER EVER happen at Wrigley

    • Tony_Hall

      It’s the World Series…you never, ever leave early…no matter what.

      I know a Brewer fan, that sat through the last game against the Cardinals, and I asked him if he felt trapped, wanted out of there, but couldn’t leave and possibly miss a come back.  He said Yes, but there is no way he would ever leave a playoff game and miss out on history.

      Cardinal fans, you should be ashamed of yourself!

    • paulcatanese

      Just watched it. As a fan going to Wrigley to watch a game I was there when they opened the gates so I could watch batting practice and stayed untl the complete end of the game(many times the bitter end) so I dont understand the early departure of Cardinal fans in a World Series game, other than most of those tickets rarely get into the hands of true fans that show up all year and would have stayed no matter what. The Ranger fans, in all honesty had to stay, what were they going to do?,hop a plane back to Texas and then back? I would venture to say most of the tickets they had were overpaid for. Dont know if so many are set aside for visiting fans.

      The other point, I watched Nolan Ryan go through the many changes of emotion as he sat thru the whole game. He is a true fan and I didnt envy his feelings as the game progressed.

  • Tony_Hall

    We talk alot about Super Two arbitration eligible players.

    Here is a list for next year of who earned that right.

    Full article – http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/10/price-porcello-among-27-to-reach-super-two-status.html

    Jose Arredondo, Reds, 2.168
    Scott Atchison, Red Sox, 2.168
    Daniel Bard, Red Sox, 2.148
    Brad Bergesen, Orioles, 2.147
    Emmanuel Burriss, Giants, 2.152
    Tyler Clippard, Nationals, 2.148
    Dexter Fowler, Rockies, 2.168
    Gio Gonzalez, Athletics, 2.162
    Garrett Jones, Pirates, 2.158
    Don Kelly, Tigers, 2.149
    George Kottaras, Brewers, 2.149
    Steven Pearce, Pirates, 2.165
    Rick Porcello, Tigers, 2.170
    Landon Powell, Athletics, 2.153
    David Price, Rays, 2.164
    Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks, 2.150
    Adam Rosales, Athletics, 2.171
    Will Venable, Padres, 2.155
    Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals, 2.154

    Here is who just missed.

    Full article – http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/10/near-misses-for-super-two-status.html

    Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks,2.145
    Angel Sanchez, Astros, 2.144
    Darnell McDonald, Red Sox, 2.143
    Ramon Troncoso, Dodgers, 2.143
    Scott Mathieson, Philllies, 2.142
    Alfredo Simon, Orioles, 2.142 
    Brian Burres, Pirates, 2.141
    Alejandro de Aza, White Sox, 2.139
    Chris Dickerson, Yankees, 2.138
    Tony Sipp, Indians, 2.138
    Kris Medlen, Braves, 2.137
    Adam Loewen, Blue Jays, 2.135
    Sean Rodriguez, Rays, 2.133
    Bobby Parnell, Mets, 2.132
    Matt Wieters, Orioles, 2.129
    Mitchell Boggs, Cardinals, 2.125
    Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks, 2.124
    Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 2.123
    Matt Joyce, Rays, 2.123
    Gordon Beckham, White Sox, 2.123
    Tommy Hanson, Braves, 2.120
    Derek Holland, Rangers, 2.120
    Chris Coghlan, Marlins, 2.120

  • Tony_Hall

    Maybe Friedman is happy in Tampa after all…

    The Angels’ exhaustive search for a new general manager is over. They will name Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks their next GM, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter)
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/10/angels-to-name-jerry-dipoto-gm.html

  • Coolpdxcubsfan

    Well, looks like Brian found the Blue Kool Aid too!
    “Theo and Jed and the curse is dead” indeed!
    I’m down with that!
    Hey Theo, get rid of the moron and a few others, get Ryno  AND then we need a pitcher or two.
    THEN
    Blue Koolaid will sell by the gallon.

  • Tony Spumoni

    Wasn’t exactly a pitcher’s duel last night.

    • paulcatanese

      And too much vasoline in the gloves, the ball just didnt seem to stick.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs in AFL (10/28): DJ LeMahieu (3B): 1-for-4, SB. LeMahieu was only Cub that played in Mesa’s 10-3 win over Peoria

  • Tony_Hall

    Amazing how people think that their is no benefit to the Home City of a MLB (or any major sports team).

    St. Louis’s city employees were going to have to take furloughs, but with Game 7, they now won’t be doing that.

    Furloughs were going to save the city $2.8M.  The playoffs will generate around $3.5M for St. Louis, and will mean their workers, can keep working.

    In all, the St. Louis area is seeing a $52M pumped into their economy, with 90% of the tickets sold to people outside the city limits, meaning mostly found money for the area business’s.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sportsbusiness/post/_/id/44/game-7-creates-a-lot-of-revenue-winners

    Now, I’m not saying that this justifies a city spending $200M from the budget for city services.  But when we are talking about spending a % of dollars from revenue created by sports teams to help fund projects, it is a completely different deal.

  • Dorasaga

    This is the kind of discipline Cubs players need to learn from now on, if never really realized how important: Game 7, World Series, one run lead, 2 outs, 3-1 count. Yadier Molina took a borderline pitch.

    Strike. Full count.

    Molina took another low pitch. He walks. One run scored. Two run lead. One big run towards a World Champion.

    That’s plate discipline, amigo. Discipline.

    • Tony_Hall

      Too bad it was really strike 3.  He has given a lot of room when LH batters are batting, but to RH batters he’s not giving much outside.

  • Aaron

    Here’s a question for everyone to ponder…

    If ARAM leaves, what does Theo do at 3B?

    Again, there are NO comparables on the FA market. Does Theo dare consider Paul’s suggestion of moving Castro to 3B? Or does he go with a rookie like Flaherty, Vitters, or LeMahieu? If he moves Castro to 3B, then does he go after Jose Reyes at SS?

    I think paying Reyes might fall in the category of “paying for past performance” that Theo wants to stay away from as he’d be 29 next year, and likely command a 7 year deal or so.

    He’s a pretty dynamic player though, who rarely strikes out, and in his essentially 6 full seasons as an MLB player, he’s amassed more than 180+hits 5 times, and 190+hits 4 times.

    He’d look awesome at the top of the Cubs’ lineup, but it might be a dicey proposition, especially since you’d be moving Castro to 3B

    • Tony_Hall

      There are not enough players in MLB that can play SS (see how and why Theriot can start so many games at SS).  It truly is the position, with the least amount of players, athletic enough to play the position defensively, the way it should be played.

      Then factor in, his offense at a position, you don’t expect much offense and there is no way you can move Castro, to 3B, at his age. 
       
      Consider that most major league SS at his age, have a high error total (30+ even), and are doing in the minors, because that is where most 21 yr old players are still playing.

      Reyes is a hamstring, waiting to be pulled.  Who ever signs him, will be unhappy, way to early into that contract.

    • Tony_Hall

      As far as 3B goes, I would use the young guys.  Flaherty and Lemaieu with them getting time at 2B as well, since I don’t consider Barney a major league starter.

      I think Vitters needs another year, but if he has a good winter, and shows something in ST, then he may work out this year.  I know people want immediate results, but he is still pretty young, and his bat looks like the real deal.

      • cubs1967

        chase headley is the answer if rami leaves.  his UZR is far above avg; he bats left handed and will start to earn more in arb meetings.  padres have 2 kids; darnell and an AA kid who could take over by mid season.  w/ hoyer and mcleod around i could see this as an easy move.  headley should earn around 3M.  his power is low, but had .374 OBP.  plus if vitters is ready, if not traded, headley could be moved in 2013.  i would think rami would want at least 2 yr deal; unleass he takes the 16M and waits for another chance if no multi yr deals for him……………but he is far above any other 3b available. this year.

        no way on reyes……….we already signed a guy who turned out to have bad legs in soriano.   and sori was coming off the only legit 40-40 season.

    • J Daniel

      Want no part of him.  Move Castro to 3rd and sign/trade for a grinder at short.

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      I wonder if the Mets would ponder a deal for David Wright

  • Tony_Hall

    Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals!

    Nobody expected them to make the playoffs, and no one gave them a chance to win the World Series.

    • Tony_Hall

      This again shows you the power of just getting to the playoffs…the year you have the best team you may not win, but if you get their enough, you will win sooner or later.

    • Reggie

      It’s always tough to stomach but you cannot begrudge them after the effort of last night.  Hopefully this type of guts and determination will be heading to Wrigley in the not to distant future.

    • paulcatanese

      Tony, and now you have to face youre buddy on Monday.Did he garner a ticket for the Series?

      • Tony_Hall

        Actually today.  

        He did not get a ticket for the series.  He went in 2006, but in today’s economy, couldn’t justify the price….

  • paulcatanese

    OK the Series is over, Congrats to the National League, and why is Qua still have a job?

    • Reggie

      The locks have all been changed, it’s get a matter of those damn pens turning up…

      • Reggie

        just*

    • J Daniel

      You are quick on the trigger, but maybe Theo was quicker!

  • Agustinrexach

    Puke X 1000

    • John_CC

      If I hear the word “character” come out of another Card player or ESPN talking head while talking about themselves I am going to vomit…again.

      • Reggie

        Especially if it comes from Theriot, one of the most inept World Series performances I can remember and the frigger got a ring.

  • EqDoc

    The cardinals should send a ring to Qua, if he hadn’t pitched to Pujols then the cards probably aren’t in the world series…  Why is he still emplyed by the Cubs?

    • EqDoc

      I am expecting a bunch of press conferences from the Cubs over the next few weeks!!!!!

  • Demitri

    2006 all over again… For both cubs and cards

  • studio179

    I get the pleasure of facing and/or calling all…all…of my family members with congratulations, yet again. They are all Cardinal fans and all Packer fans to boot. This is getting old quick. I tell everyone being the only Cub/Bear fan in the family proves I was switched at birth.

    It pains me to say it. Congrats to the Red Birds. 

  • cornerlots baseball

    With Epstein on board as new GM there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hope? Let’s hope so. Maybe, my childhood favorite team back when it was Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo among others might give Cub fans something to get excited about. And now, where’s Sandberg? Are we talking about a new manager for the 2012 Cub team?