Rambling about the Cubs from, well …

… I don’t even know anymore.

It’s Friday. It’s the summer. It’s the CCO. So let’s just get down to the brass tax and do some rambling …

  • Hey, look on the bright side, the Cubs could be 7-43 in their past 50 games, which they are not, but one major league team is. And I just “major league” a bit loosely in this situation.
  • Shutting down Garza is just something that has to happen. It’s definitely a blow to his trade value, but for the sake of the player involved, it is the right thing to do.
  • I could only imagine the comments on this great site if the Cubs were about to shut down a starting pitcher with a 15-5 record and sub-3 ERA as they are on the precipice of the playoffs.
  • Struggle as they might, just keep running BJax and Vitters out there. It’s time. Let’ s see what they have for the final month. If it is horrible, as one Anthony Rizzo was last year, send them down to start next season.
  • There is NOTHING TO LOSE!
  • “They say losing is good for your character. I’ve got enough character. I want to be less of a character.” – Famed writer George Will on being a Cubs fan
  • Sir, I could not have said it better myself.
  • It is definitely sad to see the Cubs leave Peoria. The Vonachen’s are great people and wonderful fans. If you have not heard Pete Vonachen’s eulogy of Harry Caray, find it somewhere online.
  • In reference to hanging out with Harry, he said, “You’d better have a suitcase packed and a lawyer on retainer.” Something close to that at least …
  • I heard or read that the move was motivated so it is easier for Cubs management to see the players in person.
  • That just can’t be true. In this day and age, there is no way that is true. If it is, it is a horrible reason to make the move.
  • What to do with Bryan LaHair …
  • Darwin Barney’s name was thrown out as a possible gold glove candidate on Chicago radio this week. When you look at the stats … well, he has a pretty darn good argument.
  • CSN Chicago showed a movie Thursday Night titled: Chicago Cubs: The Heart and Soul of Chicago. This movie debuted a few years ago under a different name, and was updated to include a few interviews, but still solid.
  • What is it that makes me a puddle when real Cubs fans talk about what being a fan means? I guess because I, like all of you, can truly understand.
  • Also, love him or hate him, Bob Costas provided great insight on what it would mean if the Cubs won, and how wrong outsiders would be to mock the outpouring of emotions.
  • What? Do you really want me to talk about what is happening on the field these days?
  • Fine, Castro gets thrown out too much, and his batting average is worrisome.
  • Rizzo is leveling off lately. In a combined 97 at-bats, Vitters and BJax have 14 hits. People I have never heard of will start a game for the Cubs this season. I think Manny Corpas is a highlight.
  • If that last sentence doesn’t sum up the 2012 Chicago Cubs, I am not sure what will.

So, with little lead in and 20 different, somewhat disconnected, rather unrelated and horribly disappointing statements, I will leave it at that. There is a saying out there that gives me hope, “There is only one way to go from here.”

And here’s to that one way!

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!


  • Ripsnorter1

    You want to get down to “brass tax?” You must be a Democrat.

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/get+down+to+brass+tacks

    • Brian

      Thanks for correcting me. I am human and bound to make a mistake. However, I ask that in the future you do so in a respectful way. I don’t need to be publicly mocked by the omniscient.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I am sorry, Brian. I wasn’t intending to mock you. My apologies. I was reading this morning in the Wall Street Journal that the Dodd-Frank act put a tax on businesses that use “conflict minerals” that are being fought over in Africa. That is what prompted my comment.
        http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/08/23/the-am-roundup-penn-state-conflict-minerals-civil-unions/?KEYWORDS=Frank-Dodd

        I do the same type of error all the time when I write something in a hurry. It is just the way my brain functions to write “there” instead of “their” and other substitutions of similar sounding words.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Anthony Rizzo is not yet a finished work.

    The league is adjusting to him. Now we will see what he really is. How he adjusts back will tell us what to expect next year. Is he Byran LaHair, or is he Derrick Lee?

    He has hit .244 this August, but a lot of that was against the minor league team called “The Houston Astros.” In 3 August games, he was 5 for 14 vs their staff; otherwise he’s hitting .183 off the rest of the league in August.
    As for power numbers, he’s slugging .305 for August.

    BTW, did you know he’s hitting .179 vs LHP for the year?

    The rest of 2012 will be very important for Rizzo. It will be interesting to see how he responds to the adjustments the league is making to him.

    In 2010 we saw the same scenario with Starlin Castro, and how he successfully adjusted himself against the league.

    • Zonk

      He has definitely slowed a bit, and the biggest problem is a power drop-off. It’s worth watching, but not alarming; anyone can go dry on homers for a month.

      I think one FA signing the Cubs do this offseason is a RH hitter who can play 1B and 3B (in case Vitters fails). Not Jeff Baker, but someone a little better than that…..I don’t think they platoon Rizzo, but he should get some days off vs. LHP

  • Tony_Hall

    Good article on Darwin Barney from Cubs.com

    http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120823&content_id=37217196&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc

    “I always looked at it in the most natural state, where if I didn’t have a glove on my hand and someone rolled me a ball, I should be able to catch it. And when I started thinking [about] it that way, and thinking it naturally, that it should be pretty easy, I started to get better and work harder, and develop a routine that would get me ready to play every day.”

    • Zonk

      I am eating my words on Barney. Earlier, I didn’t think he was a starting 2B, and not that great defensively. I was wrong.

      Not only does he have 1 error all year, which is excellent, he has made some very nice plays to his right, and the stats show excellent range factor. He should win a Gold Glove this year, which is a remarkable accomplishment for a guy that didn’t play there much until the major leagues.

      He’s still sub-par with the bat; I wish he would walk more, but he doesn’t strike out much either, and has a very low swing and miss percentage. He puts the ball in play, which is good enough for a #7 or #8 hitter, which is what he is.

      For the forseeable future, that is until one of our low-minors 2B prospects is knocking on the door, we should keep Barney at 2B and move on to other needs. He’s earned the spot.

      Barney interviews well too; he’s a very well-spoken guy, and reports are a very hard worker. A plus in any clubhouse.

      • paulcatanese

        Can’t understand it Zonk, Barney, no matter how he performs, people continue to say, until someone else comes along. When is it going to be realized that he is a Major Leaguer, and is better than most?

        • Zonk

          Pretty much. He isn’t an All-Star, but I think Barney would start on many teams.

          We have so many other needs , that trying to acquire a better 2B at this point would be WAY down on the list.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I want more offense out of my 2B. He’s slugging a Tony Campana-like .378 and his OBP is just .303.

          If he could run like Campana, I would not complain so much.

  • Tom U

    Brian, the rumor of the Cubs Single-A team to Kane Co, has more to do with opportunity and logistics than convenience.

    Presently, the minor league system has two teams in the west (Rookie and Boise), two in the south (Daytona and Tennessee) and two in the midwest (Peoria and Iowa).

    The logistical problem has to with moving players. Flights to and from Peoria to Boise and Daytona are limited. With the affiliation contracts on Peoria and Kane Co. both expiring at the end of the season, it would make sense for the Cubs organization to try and secure a hub like O’Hare (which the players would fly in and out of for Kane Co.) if they have an opportunity.

    • Tom O.

      Yes, I agree. Logistics and convenience are two of the major factors for the move.

      But consider this: My friends and I talked to Rocky Vonachen during the last home stand he said the current front office had not visited Peoria once during the season. Peoria is/was the Cubs’ closest affiliate to Wrigley.

      For a team that is trying to build through the draft and the minors, how much sense does it make for the front office to not even once drive 2.5 hours to Peoria to see Baez or Soler? I realize they have scouts and all, but that seems silly that Theo/Jed wouldn’t take advantage of a chance like that. Hopefully, the move will get Theo/Jed out of the house more often.

      • Tony_Hall

        You do realize they have cameras at all of their parks, with the video being streamed to them and as you say they have scouts and a whole coaching staff on site.

        Plus it may be the closest to drive to, but that really doesn’t dictate where they spend their time, especially away from their office.

        But I do agree that the move to Kane County should get them out more.

      • Dorasaga

        I have the feeling that Jed & Epstein are more concerned with their depleted system up the high minors than down at Peoria. With BJax, Josh, and all the bunch of pitching in and out Chicago, there’s no one foreseeably serviceable in two years from AA and AAA. I rather Jed & Epstein visit AA and AAA ballparks of other teams than spend time at low minor teams that they already know, such as the Friar, Bosox, and the Cubbie’s. I see they are doing that, solving their problem.

    • Zonk

      Can’t hurt attendance either at Kane Co……I for one am more likely to go out there with this move.

      • John G

        Will they still be Cougars? Gotta love that if you’re still a young guy.

  • paulcatanese

    I give, who is Paniaqua’s ? Then again, whats the difference?

  • John G

    Seriously, how would that work if they moved Peoria to Kane County? Woiuld they be the Kane County Chiefs? Peoria Cougars? Do they move the whole team or just the ones that the Cubs have under contract? I’m not that versed on the Minors, obviously. Now that I think about it, I’m not that versed on much of anything.

    • Tony_Hall

      The Peoria Chiefs are owned by the guys in Peoria. They would most likely try to connect with the team that loses the Kane County Cougars.

      The players are under contract with the Cubs and would stay with the Cubs and move to Kane County.

      The Cubs team, most likely would still be the Kane County Cougars.