Found April 16, 2012 on
Midwest Sports Fans:
As you may have known, the Chicago Cubs hired Theo Epstein as their President of Baseball Operations, or Savior for short.
Many have lauded the move by Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and president Crane Kenney to bring Theo to Chicago to rebuild the Cubs. However, I recently came across some shocking evidence that shatters the generally accepted “fact” that Rickets and Kenney were responsible for Theo coming to Chicago.
The real credit should go to Eddie Vedder.
Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam, was the real reason Theo came to Chicago.
Vedder is well known to be a lifelong Cubs fan. He wrote a song for the team, sang the 7th inning stretch, and suffered a whole inning with Len and Bob in the press box, so it’s not completely absurd to think the Cubs organization would hire Vedder to covertly recruit Theo.
Why else would Vedder betray the Cubbie blue to wear that awful Red Sox red?
I decided I needed to investigate this issue further, and what I found made me real...
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Javier Baez hit for the cycle and drove-in all five Cub runs with a two-run triple and a three-run home run, but the Angels rallied for five runs in the middle-three innings to edge the Cubs 6-5, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe, AZ.
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After 10 games, the 2012 Cubs are what we thought they were, a poor offensive team with moments of intriguing starting pitching. Here are some rather meaningless numbers I stumbled across...
Cubs 2012 P/PA - 3.71 (Team Leader: I Stewart 4.19)
Cubs 2011 P/PA - 3.74 (C. Pena 4.13)
Cubs 2012 BB/PA - 0.79 (J. Baker 1.76)
Cubs 2011 BB/PA - 0.71 (C. Pena 1.67)
Cubs 2012 SB/CS - 8/11 for...
And I'm back from the high seas...
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Iowa Brett Jackson drew a pair of walks got a double and stole a base as he continues his impressive minor league career. Right now Jackson is sporting the kind of line that you would expect-mid range batting average, some power, some walks, lots of k's and some stolen bases. Despite all the experts saying [...]
Dong-Yub Kim blasted a grand slam to cap at five-run 8th, as the Cubs outlasted the Angels 11-8 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ
DY Kim was one of a half-dozen players signed by the Cubs out of South Korea during the years 2006-10, receiving a $550K bonus as an 18-year old in February 2009.
Kim made his U. S. debut...
I'd give the stars of the night to two Peoria Chiefs, Ryan Cuneo and Michael Jensen.
Iowa 3 - @Round Rock 2; No multi-hit games for Iowa, but Campana, Jackson, Castillo and Cardenas reach base multiple times. Campana and Jackson's speed and the defensive miscues of Tommy Mendonca (3B) and Dusty Brown (C) lead to two runs without a hit for Iowa in the third. Sappelt added...
Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball is mostly a day of celebration. All players wear jersey No. 42 in honor of the first player to break MLB’s color barrier. Some guys do even more as a tribute. But inevitably, one issue that comes up each year is the declining number of African-American players in the game.
Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, who comprises part of the 8% of...
Starlin Castro has not been a good defensive shortstop to this point in this career. His career UZR is -11, his DRS is -15 and his Total Zone (TZ) is -27. His 60 errors since 2010 leads all MLB players. Ian Desmond is close at 58, but has played a little more than Castro. Those [...]
I get that Dale Sveum was trying to be all high-roady (and I even admire that) having his Cubs watch the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals have their ring cememony. But for the Cubs it had to be pretty galling.I didn't have the tv on.Maybe they showed it, maybe the Cubs were all perfect gentlemen..And maybe this is what they were all actually thinking.
The Cubs stumble into their next opponent having lost all three series so far this year. They'll face the Marlins and their hideous HR structure. Thank DeRosa that this series is being played in Miami and not Chicago – the media firestorm with Ozzie's return after suspension from his recent comments and the mere existence [...]
Sorry for the outage yet again. Here's Gameday.
Iowa Iowa cranked out 22 hits and still managed to lose yesterday in a 10-11 slugfest. In a sure sign that he has given up his soul to the lord of the light Tony Campana hit a big boy HR. Rizzo was 3-7 and Adrian Cardenas had 4 hits. Honestly at this point I would [...]