Let Another One Slip Away

Spring Training Game Eight – Cubs 1 A’s 2 WP – Santiago Casilla (1-0) LP – Jose Ceda (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jerry Blevins (1) For the second day in a row Lou Piniella’s young bullpen blew a lead in the 8th inning and the Cubs’ defense committed an error. Jose Ceda struggled with […]

Still Wheelin’ and Dealin’?

A report from SI.com on Monday indicated the talks between the Cubs and the Orioles have heated up concerning, well….whom else but Brian Roberts. Jon Heyman’s report mentioned the talks “were starting to get serious.” Heyman reported one of the trade proposals could include Jay Payton and a deal was in place “a few weeks […]

After the First Four Games….

So the Cubs lost three of the first four games over the weekend, if anyone cares to remember they were 0-4 at the same point last year and finished the exhibition season 17-13-2. While the record does not matter, it was good to see Lou Piniella get more wins than losses heading into the regular […]

Another Slow Start to the Spring

Spring Training Game Four – Cubs 6 Giants 8 WP – Jack Taschner (1-0) LP – Neal Cotts (0-1) Save – Julio Mateo (1) Felix Pie hit his 2nd home run in 4 games and Andres Torres added a 2-run shot in the 7th inning but the Cubs dropped their third Cactus League game in […]

The Sights, The Sounds, The Smells

Spring Training Game One – Cubs 12 Giants 6 WP – Ryan Dempster (1-0) LP – Noah Lowry (0-1) Lou Piniella’s crew started the 2008 Cactus League schedule with an impressive effort against the Giants. While a win is a win, exhibition game or not, the performances on the field outweighed the final score. Thursday […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 02/28/08

Spring Training Game One: Cubs (0-0) vs. Giants (0-0) Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 179 Location – Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Ryan Dempster (0-0, -.–) vs. Noah Lowry (0-0, -.–) Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the Air….it’s the Cactus League opener, the debut of Kosuke Fukudome and the first Talkin’ Cubs […]

Forty-Eight Hours

Mark DeRosa continued to make headlines on Monday for all the wrong reasons. Reports indicated Monday that DeRosa returned to Chicago to be treated for atrial arrhythmia that might include a surgical procedure. The Chicago Tribune described DeRosa’s heart condition as treatable. DeRosa will spend today, his 33rd birthday, weighing his options. Lou Piniella announced […]

Freeform Friday

The last Friday without baseball for the next 8 months…. The Cubs single game tickets go on sale at 10:00am C.T. this morning. So while you are in the virtual waiting room today open another browser and spend your time on the CCO debating the latest from Day 8 of Camp Lou. Lou Piniella announced […]

The Usual Prospects?

The Cubs farm system garnered a lot of attention last year and figures to have an impact once again this season. The manor in which Lou Piniella handled his young players last year had a ripple effect throughout the organization. Baseball America and Scout.com are two of the most well respected publications in the business […]

Headlines and Rumors from Day Three

There was one big surprise from Fitch Park on Day Three of Camp Lou. According to multiple reports, Piniella stated Rich Hill is currently slotted as the 4th starter in his rotation, not the third as has been assumed all winter. Piniella is undecided on which pitcher will occupy the 3rd and 5th spots in […]